Antique English Pewter Inkwell Round Base and Hinged Lid Porcelain Insert
Description: Antique pewter inkwell from England. The inkwell round flat base with inwards inclided straight sides having incised lines near the base and a central band. The inkwell has a flared top and a hinged lid surrounded by 4 small holes where quills would fit. The lid opens to reveal a round opening in the center which houses what we believe is a porcelain insert where the ink would be. The top is also decorated with two incised lines all around the well. The insert shows what we believe are ink spots while inkwell shows extensive soiling inside and out as well as a dark age patina. 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 1800's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~3 1/2" in diameter at the base and is ~2 1/4" high. The piece weighs almost 14 ounces.
Condition: The inkwell is in good condition given its age and utilitarian function. It has developed a nice warm gray patina with age. It is soiled inside and out, while the insert has stains and small nicks to the top. The bottom of the insert has dark coloring with blue hue and crazing as well as a few small chips along its edge. The piece also has some age blemishes throughout, which we know can be cleaned, but we leave that to the new owner's discretion. It also has some scratches and a couple of minor and very small dings. A great old piece worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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