Inkwells have been an integral part of mankind’s writing process since scribes began mixing various pigments and solvents to create their “ink”. Once the ink was made they needed a vessel to store it and a reservoir where they could dip their quills and other writing instruments so they could put their words on paper. As with most utilitarian items, people soon began to use their creative energies to create inkwells that were functional works of art.
Yellow Garage dealer Maule Trading Company is featuring an antique teapot figural travel inkwell. Dating from the 1800’s this diminutive inkwell was not made to sit on a desk but was most likely used to take a small volume of ink away from the desk for use in signing documents or other modest writing tasks. This miniature inkwell measures just 3” wide and 2” tall. A wonder of design and metalworking, the teapot shape of the inkwell unfolds to reveal a small glass container which holds the ink. A hinged lid folds over the neck of the glass reservoir to keep the ink from spilling. Another hinged piece folds down to create the top of the teapot which is complete with a realistic handle and spout. The inkwell is very well executed and it really does look like a tiny teapot. It is in very good original condition. For any serious inkwell collector, this unusual teapot figural travel inkwell will make a valuable addition to your collection.
Antique Teapot Figural Travel Inkwell