This inkwell exhibits some the best glass and silver work from the Brilliant Period. The glass was most likely cut by J. Hoare and is a slight variation of their #4993 pattern. It’s an early example of their work featuring tusks and the best wood wheel polishing.
Tusks extend from the silver top into the center of the inkwell and are met with an unusual pointed diamond motif. Tusks also extend from the very center of the base and wrap around the piece until they meet the diamond formation. The cutting on this piece is soft to the touch like the best wood-wheel polishing of the period.
While many of the early blanks of the Brilliant Period are dull, this one is completely vibrant and it’s apparent in the photos on this page. It just shoots every color of the rainbow. The silver top is particularly nice with flowers on both the top and bottom portions of the silver. It is stamped Black, Starr & Frost – Sterling.
The inkwell measures 5″ high and just over 4″ wide. The glass and silver is of the best quality and it’s quite heavy for its size. Truly one of the better ABP inkwells.
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