This is an exceptional Victorian Double Inkwell, circa 1870. The stand is made of papier maché and inlaid in mother of pearl. The design is that of Prince of Wale's Feathers, embellished with a garland of ribbons and bows, all inlaid in mother of pearl. Part of the design is also made up of a painted ribbon. The papier maché and the mother of pearl are all in wonderful condition. But most importantly, the mother of pearl in completely intact. It is indeed, wonderful craftsmanship.
The Prince of Wale's feathers is the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales. It consists of. Three white ostrich feathers emerging from a gold coronet. A ribbon below the coronet usually bears the. motto "I serve" in German.
In the Papier Maché stand, there is just under the three feathers, a coronet and a ribbon, which also winds itself around the rim of the stand and ends in a flourish with a bow which is draped in between the inkwells.
The oval papier maché stand sits on for squat round feet. The stand is 10 inches long, 8 inches wide and 1 ¼ inches high on its feet. It has two purposely made square indentations to hold the pair of beautiful, crystal and brass ink wells.
The two square, bevel-edged rock crystal ink wells, with their flip-top, hollow crystal lids and their brass mounted lids and collars, are in excellent condition, with the minor exception of a tiny chip on the corner at the bottom of one of the inkwells. Each is 2 inches square and 3 inches high.
This would make both a charming and dramatic addition to a desk, or even a table.