These little novelty inkwells from the late 1800s are some of our favorites. The whimsical animals on these inkwells were likely created to imitate the much more expensive Vienna Bronze miniature animals, but made so the average writer could afford to own one. Possibly they were even used as an inspiration for youngsters learning to write. This one features a bear sitting next to a tree stump. The bear’s feet are demurely crossed, and one arm is raised in greeting. This is positioned in a way that it could act as a pen rest when the writer needed a break. The tree stump is the inkwell; the top is hinged and lifts to reveal a china insert. The initials “CWH” have been written on the inside of the lid.
SIZE: Measurements are 2 7/8” by 1 5/8”. It is 1 3/4" high.
CONDITION: This little inkwell is in excellent condition. There are no dents, cracks or repairs in the metal. The paint is close to 100% intact. The hinge is complete and works well.