This is a fun novelty inkwell made in Japan for export into the west. We believe it dates to the 1930s, but could have been made as late as the early 1950s. It is made of an extremely thin and light marbleized plastic. It could be celluloid, given the weight and thinness, but we are not certain. The entire inkwell weighs only 1 1/2 ounces! It is a pretty butterscotch color, with a black plastic base. There is a label reading “Made in Japan” on the base.

The inserts are made of white plastic. The hinges are also plastic; they are the creamy off white color more often associated with celluloid.

SIZE: At the base, this inkwell measures 3 7/8 inches by 3 inches. It is about 1 3/8 inches high.

CONDITION: This inkwell has never been used and is in excellent condition, with no cracks, chips or other issues. Even though the hinges are plastic, they are in great condition and work well.

This is a fun example of early Japanese export novelties, and would be a great addition to either an inkwell or a Made in Japan collection.


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Made in Japan Inkwell, Early Plastic


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