Antique pen wipe made of sterling silver, wood, chamois, and wool cloth. This silver ring is about half the size of a silver napkin ring. It is mounted on a wooden cylindrical spool, on which the layers of chamois and wool cloth are permanently mounted. The sterling is unmarked but tested. The cloth is two colors of wool, coming out like a double skirt, mounted by wooden dowels. This is a fantastic writing antique, and an ingenious idea. It sits on the desk or inkwell, ready to wipe off excess ink from the dip pen or fountain pen. As you can see it has been well used. One side has two colors of chamois, a very soft suede like leather. The other side has two colors of course wool. Has been used with different colors of ink, which I think makes it visually appealing. The silver part and wooden part, perfect condition. The cloth, well, it speaks for itself, used but not abused. This is the first time I have seen one of these. I assume c. 1890's, since the style looks ornate and Victorian. Length is 4.25 inches. Silver ring is 1.25 diameter. If you collect writing antiques, this is an interesting piece that you can display with pens.
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