Victorian silver plate at it's best. American figural silver plate inkwell stand. This piece features two seated bulldogs in the front, a frog on the lid, and mythological griffin on the top. What a combination. Solid, heavy, crystal glass insert, with cut and polished panels and cut base. A perfect fit to the stand. The stand accommodates an ink pen. Gracefully curved arms support the pen stand. The piece sits on 4 ball feet. Mark on the base reads Mf'd and Plated by Reed & Barton, numbered 145. I have not tried to polish this yet, but if I get to it, I'll put on photos. Old quadruple plate usually cleans up nicely. This piece is black with age old tarnish, but under the inkwell is bright silver so it will polish. This piece is in good, antique condition. Glass is in perfect condition. I only see one little spot of wear to the metal, lower right corner on top of ball foot. Not really a big deal for this age of inkwell stand. Just normal use and wear on the rest of it. Height 5.5 inches. Base is 4 inches square. Glass insert is 2.75 inches square. Lid is a perfect fit. All original. Very quirky combination of animals, but the Victorian silver manufacturers were well known for imaginative figural pieces. Whether you are a collector of antique inkwells, or Victorian silver plated novelties, this is a piece worthy of your collection.
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Victorian Silver Plate Inkwell Figural Dogs and Frog