This velvet wrapped hoof inkstand is fantastic.The hoof measures 4 " x 5" and stands 3" tall. The flash gilt metal on the top has a beautiful patina. The velvet is a gold and green stripe with a gold metallic trim. The top of the stand, where a glass inkwell would sit has a stamp showing that a patent was applied for. There are 4 embossed leaves or shamrocks in each corner. Underneath on the hoof are written words which are hard to make out but I believe it says "Congratulations" ...... and a date Jan 14 1910. An exquisite item for your collection or an incredible gift.