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This inkwell has the sweetest pattern on it's lid. The outer border is a running alternate pattern of flowers and swirling leaves that then encircle two nicely detailed winged cherubs cuddling together. The glass base is extremely substantial with the pattern's bubbles being graduated in size. They start out on the base as only a speck and grow larger as they move upwards. At the widest portion of the glass they become an approx. 1/32" and then start to grow smaller again as they approach the neck and then become elongated forms of ovals at the neck.
The sterling is in excellent plus condition with no rips, cracks, holes, dents, nasty scratches/abrasions or repairs. The outer rim is very well rounded with just a tiny shallow spot of uneven surface common to antique sterling. The hinge appears to be all original, in smooth working order and without repairs. It has just a slight wiggle from usage over the years. The lid just opens and closes with no form of firm/tight closure and has always been this style.
The glass is also in excellent plus condition with no cracks, chips, nasty scratches/abrasions or repairs. The base has a polished pontil as well as surface scratching consistent with movement across a desk. The only thing I could find is a makers flaw of a 1/8" long streak of black inside the glass that has to be a spot of ash. The glass is clear and bright, free of any nasty fog.
The glass has no signature. The lid has a very, very faint makers mark of ????? & Co. as well as STERLING both located above the hinge. It is highly probable that the maker's mark was erased by the company that sold the inkwell. This was often done in this time period. The well stands just a bit over 3 3/4" tall and has a 4 3/8" dia. thru the widest portion of the base. It weighs an amazing 2 lbs 13.6 ozs on my postage scale so Catzilla will not be pushing this off your desk!
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American Sterling Inkwell with Controlled Bubble Pattern Glass Base - Circa 1900
$750 $275 USD SALE PENDING
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