From the hallmarks on this capstan inkwell, it was made in 1922 by F. H. Adams & Co. of Birmingham, England. The well itself is offset to the back of the 4 ¾” diameter foot; at the front are two silver stops to hold pens in place that may rest on the foot. On the hinge of the well, it is marked Pat 5655/10, which, from research, is the patent for the hinge and not the inkwell. The piece must have lots of stories to tell, since it does have a number of indentations in the sterling and the lid doesn’t close tightly, but that adds so much character to the piece. There is not a glass insert in the well; I don’t know if it ever had one, but there is not ink residue in it. Other than indentations, the silver is in lovely condition.
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1920s Silver English Capstan Inkwell