This beautiful late 19th century Bohemian glass inkwell glows like a jewel in the light. Pinks, purples, golds and greens all appear and change as the inkwell is moved. It is a wonderful example of iridescent Bohemian glass, probably made by the well-known glass house Kralik. This type of glass is called “threaded” as threads of glass have been wrapped around the base glass, adding an added element of beauty and interest.
SIZE: This is a small inkwell, at just over 2” square, and about 2 1/2” high.
CONDITION: This inkwell is in nice condition. There is however, an area on the back of the glass inside the lid which looks like it received some kind damage perhaps when the lid was attached. You can see the damage, but not feel it. It cannot be seen with the lid closed. Also, there is a surface scratch on the back of the glass. Otherwise, we see no cracks or chips in the outward side of the glass. All of the threads are intact and solid. The iridescence is incredible! The brass collar and lid are also in good condition, although the copper finish is showing wear from ink oxidation. Afterall, this inkwell was used.
The lid has slight bends on the edge in the front; it appears as though the lid got stuck closed and it was pried open—or possibly reattached. In the process, we believe the hinge was slightly bent as well, so the lid no longer fits snugly, although it does close completely. But it looks like the point of the lid points a little to the left.
Even with these age related issues, this is still a beautiful gem of an inkwell, well worth adding to any inkwell or glass collection.