This is a wonderful little traveling inkwell from the end of the 1800s – we’ve never seen one quite like it. It is made of brass with beautiful chased decoration. The inkwell sits in a base, which has a strip of leather around its middle. A drawer pulls out of the front of the base, while a brass horse shoe shaped piece is attached to the back with pen rest hooks on it. The spring loaded inkwell lid opens with a clasp. A piece of leather covers the spring. A glass bottle sits inside the inkwell. The inkwell can be removed from the base, but the little metal strip that holds the inkwell into the base has been re-soldered and seems to be quite fragile, so care needs to be taken when removing the inkwell. The drawer cannot be opened completely while the inkwell is in place. We believe the re-soldered strip probably broke when someone tried forcing the drawer out.
SIZE: With the pen rest, this inkwell measures 4 inches in height. It has a diameter of about 2 1/4 inches at the base.
CONDITION: The metal is in beautiful condition. There are a few dents around the bottom edge of the base. Otherwise we don’t see any significant dents. There are no cracks and no corrosion. We have left the nice patina as is. As stated, the metal strip holding the inkwell in place in the base has been re-soldered.