Here's one of my favorite finds. It's an inkwell in the form of an early automobile with tiller steering. This would have been made roughly around 1900, these types of cars were replaced entirely with those with steering wheels at the very beginning of the 20th century. The car is 6 1/8" long and 5" high to its highest point and 3 3/4" wide. The body is made, I believe, of nickel plated brass. The tufted leather seat opens up to reveal two inkwells (usually used for 2 different color inks). The front compartment opens too, there's a space with a curved bottom - most likely meant for pen nibs, or stamps. The wheels turn and the lamps move side to side. The wheels have the original rubber tires on them and great shock absorbers over the front wheels.
The condition of this wonderful piece is just amazing. All the parts from the lamps, to the brake, and the leather seats are there and in good order. Minor issues include one of the inkwell's lids doesn't clip into place anymore. And although the car is very complete - it is fragile. The wheels aren't very tight - so they can start to come off if moved too much. The lid for the inkwells snaps securely into place, but the top can come away from its hooks at times. It can be put back easily however. It may need slight tweaking.
This inkwell could be called a traveling inkwell, the wells have lids like traveling ones did. It's very much larger than most traveling inkwells. But, it had to be quite a novelty when it was made. I can see it proudly displayed on a man's desk at the turn of the century. I can still see that happening today.
Automobile Inkwell Tiller-Steering Motor Car - Rare Piece!!