This little traveling inkwell was most likely a late 1800s or early 1900s advertising premium for the Gerolsteiner mineral water company. The company began in 1888 and still produces mineral water today. Their star and lion symbol was trademarked; this inkwell was made after that date as it includes this symbol. The bottle is made of painted metal. The main part of the bottle lifts off to reveal a metal ink bottle with a screw cap. Inside this is a glass bottle with a sheared top. The best part of this inkwell is the label, which says: “Natürliches Mineralwasser, Gerolsteiner Sprudel, Schutz Marke, Liegend aufzubewahren.” Translation: “Natural mineral water, Gerolsteiner Sprudel Brand, store lying down.”
SIZE: This inkwell measures about 2 1/4” high and has a diameter of just under 1”.
CONDITION: The condition is very good to excellent. There are some spots where the brown paint is rubbed off. There is a tiny dent on the top, but otherwise we see no dents or cracks in the metal. The label is in very good condition, with a couple of rubbed areas around the edges (primarily the lower right corner). The glass inkwell appears to also be in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.