This practical little traveling inkwell was made and used around the turn of the last century. It is shaped like a modern lighter and made of a silver colored metal. Its spring loaded lid is opened by pushing on the button in the front. The lid has a spring in it which is covered with a leather pad. When the lid is closed, the spring allows it to press down on the removable glass bottle to keep ink from spilling.
SIZE: This inkwell is 1 3/4 inches tall, about 1 5/8 inches wide and 3/4 inch deep.
CONDITION: Condition is very good. There is a small spot of tarnish on one side. There is a small dent on the top and a few on the base, but no cracks and no dents on the sides. A little polish would bring out more of the shine.
The spring loaded mechanism works well and the lid fits tightly. The glass bottle is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.
Metal Traveling Inkwell, Lighter Shaped