Although these little traveling inkwells are not that uncommon, what is unusual is the added protection of a screw on the top. Once the lid is shut, and the screw screwed tight, an inadvertent push on the front button will not open the lid. So the possibility of spills are pretty much non-existent. What a great idea! This little traveler is covered in dark brown – almost burgundy - leather, and has the word INK in silver at the top. The button in the front can be pushed to flip open the lid (when the screw is unscrewed of course). A shear top glass bottle is inside. This is a nice example of a traveling inkwell from the turn of the last century.
SIZE: The inkwell itself measures 1 3/4" by 7/8" and is 1 7/8" high. The screw adds 1/4".
CONDITION: The leather is in excellent condition. It has pulled down a tiny bit on the top edges of the bottom part of the inkwell – on the sides - so you can see a bit of metal. There are no tears or missing sections of the leather. The button and clasp are strong; the spring loaded lid fits down tightly. There probably was a leather cover on the inside of the lid; that is no longer there.