This pretty little traveling inkwell may have at one time belonged to a lady, as the raised flower and bird decoration on the top are quite feminine. It has a spring loaded mechanism which opens the lid when one presses the button in front. There is an inside lid held by down by a clasp, ensuring that ink would not be spilled while riding in a swaying carriage or ship. The ink bottle inside was mold blown and is sheared on the top.
SIZE: Diameter is 1 7/8 inches; it is about 1 1/2 inches tall.
CONDITION: The metal is in good condition, although there are a number of approximately 1/2 inch very fine cracks going down from the top rim of the bottom part of the inkwell. These do not affect the structure as a solid ring surrounds the top (please see photos for details). The spring mechanism is strong as is the inside lid clasp. The inside of the inner lid has a thin piece of metal that covers the spring. It is somewhat corroded, most likely due to ink; there are some ink stains in the bottle which we have left. This thin cover is loose and shows the spring behind it. The bottle is in good condition. It looks like someone tried to add decoration by cleaning parts of the darkened metal inside the lid. This could possibly be cleaned or polished out if desired.
This is a pretty example of a late 1800s or very early 1900s traveling inkwell.