This wonderful small portable inkwell was made for travel and has an ingenious swivel top that easily screws into the base to for an effective seal and that folds down for convenient carrying. The sides are a heavyweight glass, 12-sided polygon and the top is sterling silver. The British hallmarks identify it as having been made in London and while the monarch's mark is definitely Georgian, it is difficult to clearly distinguish. We believe it is likely George IV and that the registration date is 1823. The maker's mark is on the rim and consists of four initials only the lower two being readable as A.D.
The ink bottle is approximately 1 5/8" across and 1 3/4" high with the locking handle raised. The locking mechanism work well and the ink is in remarkable condition given the age and use. There is a very minor small chip on the side at the base, surface scratches on the underside of the bottle, discoloration on the inside of the cover, and a few minor marks in the silver, none of which detract from this wonderful early ink.
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