Here is an unusual inkwell that is stamped “Made in Germany”. We have been unsuccessful in our attempts to research the piece so you will need to decide for yourself what it is. The inkwell sits on a very heavy oak wood base that has been heavily varnished and contains a groove for holding a pen. The inkwell is made from some type of pressed metal that is designed to look like brass. Because the metal attracts a magnet we assume that it is steel with a thin brass layer on the surface. On the right side of the inkwell there is a lever that when sharply pushed down will spring the lid open to gain access to the ink bottle inside. The lid is hemispheric and is embossed with flower and leaf motifs. Across the hinged top of the inkwell there is the embossed word “Moment.” It still retains the original glass ink bottle and a glass insert designed to catch drips and spells. Both the bottle and drip ring can be lifted out. The neck of the drip ring that sits inside of the bottle has a piece broken off, but is still totally functional for its original purpose. The piece measures 4.75 inches by 5.25 inches and is a total of 2.5 inches tall. The inkwell lid is 3.25 inches in diameter. There is minor loss of varnish in some areas that appears due to abrasion over time. The metal work has oxidation and rust that would be expected on an old and used piece like this. The surface could probably be cleaned but we would recommend against it since the present look is consistent with a quality antique. On the underside of the wood base it is marked “Made in Germany.” We suspect that it is probably late Victorian. We have never seen an inkwell like this before with the lever for opening and have no idea what “Moment” is referring to. It has a very masculine look and would be wonderful sitting on a partner’s desk either as a display piece or perhaps even being used.
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