A handsome (and BIG!) antique inkwell that is straightforward and workmanlike but for the hobnail pattern wheel cut into the bottom. Form not only follows function in this piece, but it also amplifies the one purely decorative element of this inkwell - the internal bubble serves both as the reservoir for the ink and acts as a reflective surface off which tiny prism rainbows reflect the cut bottom and dance around. The bulbous brass top is simply hinged, the curve of the metal echoing the shoulders of the glass. One detail I particularly like is the subtly curved bottom, the edges lifting slightly off the surface on which it sits. Very heavy, and hence, stable, this inkwell will not tip over! Set apart from others by its size. This is an impressive piece.
CONDITION is excellent antique. Shows signs of normal use, some minor scratches on glass and brass, but nothing particularly noteworthy. I've left the solid brass unpolished as many collectors like the patina of old brass, but I'm certain it would shine up beautifully should you prefer. This inkwell might have been made almost anywhere, France, England, or the USA sometime around the late 19th C. Measures 5 3/8" (13.7 cm) tall, with a bottom diameter of 4 1/2" (11.4 cm). Weighs 4 lbs. 14.5 oz. (2.225 kg).
In this age of emails and texts, it's fun to imagine a time when elegant and understated objects like this were the the center of how we communicated with each other. Enjoy!