Antique Crystal Glass Ball-Shaped Inkwell Hinged Sterling Silver Lid
Description: An antique clear cut ball shaped crystal glass inkwell with sterling silver hinged lid. The sterling silver hinged lid consists of a short neck attached to the crystal inkwell with a hinged top. The top consists of a short neck with a top that looks like a knob. The sides of the ball shaped inkwell have round depressions within triangular forms with saw teeth surrounding these triangles. These triangles are alternating in position with one looking down and the next looking up. The inkwell has a flat base with a sixteen point star cut right in its center. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely sometime in the early to mid 1900's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~2 1/2" in diameter, ~1 9/16" in diameter at the base and is ~3 1/4" high with the lid closed. The piece weighs about 13.2 ounces.
Marks: Marked "STERLING" on the lid.
Condition: The inkwell is in very good condition given its age and utilitarian function. It has some minor scratches and two minor nicks to the edge of the base. There is also several minor scratches to the surface of the glass. The sterling lid has a few dings especially along the circumference and would benefit from a good cleaning to bring out its full beauty. Other than that it is intact with no breaks, cracks, or hairlines. The hinge is intact and works well. Be that as it may, this is a nice piece and would make a great addition to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.