These boots were made for walking... and this one's made for writing too! This is a nicely cast heavy metal inkwell (spelter or white metal) in the shape of a lace-up man's shoe or short boot. This inkwell dates to the early 1900s based on the shoe style. The lid is made of thin steel; it has a handle which, when pushed down, opens up the lid. The handle then rests against the back of the shoe, which keeps the lid from falling all the way open. We do not believe the milk glass insert is original as it does not quite fit exactly, although it works well with the inkwell. SIZE: The shoe measures 6 1/8" by 2 3/8" and is 2 7/8" to the inkwell lid. The handle adds another 1 1/2".
CONDITION: The black coating used on the metal is in very good condition, with a couple of nicks and scratches in places. The bottom of the shoe is worn – it looks as though it's done a lot of walking! There is a hole in the bottom of the heel where it was worn or corroded through the metal. The underneath of the lid is rusty due probably to exposure to ink.
This is a fun look at an early shoe style, as well as being a great figural inkwell.