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Antique Edwardian English Sterling Silver Cut Crystal Sliding Inkwell & Stamp Holder, London 1905
An extraordinary Edwardian era sterling silver mounted cut crystal inkwell and stamp holder combination. Featuring an exceptional sliding lid to expose the inkwell, and hinged lid to expose two wells for stamps. Two curved sterling arms reside at the front to serve as a pen rest. The heavy hand blown crystal body is beautifully cut and trimmed with beveled edges, its good weight also serving as a paperweight. Finished at the base with a deep wheel cut 16-point starburst. Bearing hallmarks of the English lion passant, leopard head for London, and date letter for 1905. Maker's marks are that of Albert Cohen & Charles Solomon, trading as Cohen & Charles. The firm Cohen & Charles was established in 1890 at 11 Thavies Inn, Holborn, London. In overall very good condition for age and type with no damage to note. No chips or cracks to the quality cut crystal body, no damage or dents to the sterling mounts, opens and closes smoothly. Normal usual surface wear to the base as expected from age and use, visible in the last picture. Measures 4 1/8" length, x 2 3/8" deep (including pen rests) , stands 2 3/4" tall. A striking addition to any desk or office setting, or display among a collection of inkwells and English silver articles. The elegant styling to this piece is versatile for fitting perfectly into any decor of antiques, Art Deco or modernist styles.
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