This nice old inkwell is made of brass and measures 4" tall and 2 1/4" in diameter at the lid flange. The cast piece measures 4" square and sits 1/2" above the 2 3/4" diameter base. The well is made of copper and measures 1 1/2" in diameter.
Made of 4 pieces with the cast lid attaching to the well piece. This, the square plate and the base are assembled with what appears to be a stationary bolt attached to the cylindrical piece and a square nut on the underside.
The design was influenced by the Art Nouveau movement with foliate scrolls, acanthus leaves and shells decorating the cast pieces. The lid is topped with a small turned brass knob.
In very nice condition with tight hinge and joints. This was well-used as the design on the lid has worn down and the well is firmly stuck into the opening with oxidation. We prefer to leave this type of thing in as found condition so will not try to force it out and leave cleaning and polishing to the new owner, if desired.
No marks, probably made in America and dated to the late 19th Century.