Antique Travel Double Glass Inkwell in Metal Box with Hinged Decorated Lid
Description: A beautiful and unusual antique travel inkwell in metal box. This travel inkwell consists of two round class inkwells housed in a chrome or silver color metal box having a hinged lid. The box has a round push button on the front which opens the lid which is equipped with a spring. The lid of the box is nicely decorated with machined pattern while the rest of the exterior is undecorated. The inside of the lid has two round closures equipped with springs, which would close the top of the inkwell bottles tightly. The exterior of the box looks great and shows wear to the design on top of the lid indicating the piece is old and has seen much use. The inside is heavily soiled and shows signs of rust and has a lot of dried ink. However, the two bottles are intact although dirty. Additionally, most of the metal inside shows wear and signs of rust. The piece is unmarked and has no indication of the maker’s identity is but is very well done. An interesting and unusual piece to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but we believe this piece could be from the mid to late 1800s could be earlier.
Origin: Purchased from a collector in New Hampshire.
Size: The box itself measures ~3 1/4" by ~1 5/8" by ~1 1/4" while the glass wells measure ~1 1/4" in diameter, ~3/4" high and ~5/8" diameter for the opening. The piece weighs ~5 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A nice old traveling inkwell to add to your collection.
Condition: The inkwell is in very good condition. The piece is intact with no breaks, hairlines, chips, or repairs. It does have some scratches throughout. The lid also has some minor scratches, but the hinge is intact and works well. The exterior of the box looks great and shows wear to the design on top of the lid indicating the piece is old and has seen much use. The inside is heavily soiled and shows signs of rust and has a lot of dried ink. However, the two bottles are intact although dirty. Additionally, most of the metal inside shows wear and signs of rust. The piece could use a good cleaning but we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. This is a nice piece in very good condition worthy of a spot in any collection and would display very nicely. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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