The mahogany box is absolutely, beautifully made. The top has a gold coat of arms recessed in its top. There is an early monogram on the top of the shield with the only thing I can make out the date which is quite faint, this being "1851". The front of the mahogany case houses a brass knob which opens and closes the box.
There is also a brass screw below the knob and I am quite sure that it's purpose is to anchor the inner lock and spring inside the case. When the box is open you can see the original brass hinge that secures the top to the base.
The early glass inkwell is permanently secured to the base. I have never happened to own an inkwell of this form. It is certainly very impressive looking – to say the least. Interestingly, the brass button has to be pulled out to lock the box and pushed in to open the lid. This piece would clearly be a nice addition to anyone's desk and a great conversation piece.
The overall condition of this inkwell is very good with one small indention in the right front upper corner of the lid The hinges and the locking mechanism work beautifully. The surface of this inkwell still maintains its original patina!
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