A fabulous and most charming figural Swiss Black Forest hand carved inkwell in the from of a dog. When you look at the back, you can see how it has been carved out of a piece of wood with a few pieces of the original bark showing.
The dog sports his original amber glass eyes and there is a hole either side of his mouth to house a small dip pen which is slid in and out. The modest pen is included and fits well for display. The little brass catch at the front of his collar keeps the lid (the head) shut.
The underside is lucky enough to have retained most of the original label showing it was purchased from Maison F. Mack of Montreux.
Dating to around 1890, he remains in excellent condition. 4 1/4" tall.