Here is a wonderful well-made bronze inkwell made by Benedict Art Studios. A search of the internet shows there are few examples of their work available in the current marketplace. This is truly a unique find. Let me give you a little background on the maker and describe the ink well.
In 1916, M.S. Benedict Art Studios in Syracuse, New York, founded in the late 1800s, introduced a new range of products called Athenic Bronze Goods for Stationers, designed to be sold as gifts. Notice the photo of their stamp on the bottom of the inkwell. As you can see Athenic is used to describe the product line. This beautiful bronze hinged box was one of those products. The aesthetics were inspired by the classic features of Greek Athenian art interpreted with French bronze finish items shaped in subtle Greek proportions.
The old ivory color of the cameo forms a striking color contrast. The box is substantial, standing on a 2 ½ inch square base while standing 2 inches tall. Also, the original glass inkwell sets inside and still has some old ink residue in it - there is some roughness on the inside rim of the glass, too. The inkwell was once well used by the owner. It is well marked with the round Benedict Athenic Bronze mark and the model number 1452 stamped into the exterior bottom. The box has no dents, dings or cracks. Please note that the lovely cameo on top shows some tiny chips and wear. This is a fine inkwell and will display nicely for years to come.
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Benedict Art Studios Athenic Bronze Inkwell with Original Glass Insert