This mama bird sits carefully on her nest, which holds an inkwell rather than eggs. Beneath her is a stump. The bird lifts on a hinge to reveal the ceramic insert; her tail keeps the lid from opening too far and possibly overbalancing the inkwell. The bottom of the stump and bird are made of steel plate; otherwise the metal is cold painted pot metal or spelter. The casting on the bird especially is very nicely done – the feathers are sharply detailed. The word GESCHUTZT ("protected" – or trademarked) is embossed on the base indicating this was made in Germany or Austria, probably in the second half of the 19th century.
SIZE: The length from bird's beak to tail is about 3 3/8". Width is 2 3/4" and height is about 2 1/2".
CONDITION: The condition of this sweet inkwell is very good to excellent. There is no damage to the metal. The paint on the bird is almost 100% intact with just some loss on the beak and just above the eye. There are just a few small spots of missing paint on the stump. The ceramic insert appears to be original; it's in excellent condition as well. The hinge is also in good shape.