That cross over ribbon border might make you think this one is French, but it is only a design element borrowed from the French. We have here a remarkably fine c.1919 English inkwell with self-pen stand or tray beneath, fine solid English sterling silver framing in steam-pressed tray and lid of beautifully colored cognac to chocolate shell. I know there were wonderful faux tortoiseshell items made with casein, a milk protein composite, that are a dead mimic to tortoise shell. The mottles we see on this item might suggest it is that. In any case, the beautiful old desktop set presents to perfection, and is such a beauty, I know it won't last long. English silversmith marks for Clewley & Co., normally of Birmingham but the date letter appears to be from Chester, 1919, so just a year or so from being “antique”.
Very good to excellent condition, without any flaws to note. I've run my fingers over the fine old cut glass ink pot and don't find any nips or chips there on the points, though there is a fine chip to the bottom side of one cut fluted edge, not enough to bother, but just to mention. A really fine old piece.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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