How can you resist these sweet cherub faces! We imagine this was a romantic gift from a gentleman to his lady, something she surely treasured. The soft turquoise background adds to the dreamy feel of this piece, while the gold embellishments add richness. All the way around, it is a lovely inkwell that was most likely made in Germany or Austria at the end of the 1800s. The lid lifts off and features a graceful, gold trimmed finial. This inkwell came to us without an insert. We have so far not been able to locate one to fit, but if we do find one before this inkwell sells we will add it.
The base is marked with what we believe are the letters AWB, and the number 1894. We do not know if this is the date of manufacture, or just an identification number. We have also not been able to learn anything about these initials and the possible maker.
Size: Height is 4 1/2", while the base measures about 3 3/4" square.
Condition: Other than the missing insert, this inkwell is in excellent condition. There are no chips, cracks or significant scratches. The soft hand-painted images are in beautiful condition, as is most of the gold trim. There is a little rubbing of the gold around the top rim.