This is a beautiful and uncommon milk glass inkstand dating to the late 1800s. We have not been able to identify the maker; both European – mostly French – and American glass manufacturers made glass of this type during the 1800s. The chubby cherub looks very European to us.
It features an integral insert, a lift off lid and a wonderful transfer cherub, surrounded by flowers and butterflies. A double pen holder adds function to the front. The glass is translucent on the edges and tips of the pen holder; it glows with red and gold when held up to the light. The lid has been painted pink. This was likely an inkstand meant for the lady of the house.
This inkstand comes from my personal inkwell collection, which I am in the process of downsizing. Look for many more fine inkwells to be added to our shop. SIZE: 3 1/4” wide, 4” deep (from front of pen holder to back of inkstand), and about 3 1/” high to the top of the finial.
CONDITION: This inkstand is in excellent condition. There is chipping around the edges of the inside bottom. We believe this may have happened during manufacture, when it was removed from the mold. Otherwise, there are no chips or cracks in the glass. The decals are intact and in nice condition. There is some residue in the bottom of the well.
This is a beautiful example of 19th century milk glass, and a hard-to-find inkwell. It will make a great addition to your inkwell or milk glass (or cherub) collection.