Inkwell Examples

The types of inkwells are as varied as the people that used them.  These are but a few.
61 photo(s) Updated on: 11 May 2021
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  • Tiffany Model #1621 – Ninth Century pattern. Intricate and ornate gold-finished design, highlighted with multicolored round glass cabochons.
  • Bust of a youthful knight mounted on an ebonized oval base. The helmet is hinged and drops forward. Push back the helmet to access the ink.
  • Bust of a China / Oriental man sits atop a painted metal base. His mustache acts as a pen holder.
  • Hand-carved Civil War soldier carrying an axe. The inkwell is embedded in the base. There is a bullet (Civil War?) in the pen hole.
  • This inkwell depicts a knight in armor, peering through the grill of his plumed helmet. This figure is referred to as "Kaiser Bill" or "The grumpy knight."
  • Kneeling camel, wearing a brightly colored saddle with fringes. The saddle opens to reveal the ink pot. There are matching desk pieces (blotters, letter opener, etc.) all associated with the Shriners
  • Dark-skinned rider atop an elephant's head. The inkwell is under the cloth on the elephant's back.
  • Charming inkwell in the form of a standing elephant, dressed in a coat, holding a top hat, which serves as a pen wipe. Lift the hinged head to access the inkwell.
  • Circus Elephant with Monkey -Whimsical silver-plated inkwell depicts a lute playing monkey riding atop the elephant’s head. c. 1870
  • Beautiful lady, crouching down on the rocks, touching the water with her hand. The inkwell is housed in the rock beside her.
  • Bronze figural inkwell features a graceful little nymph sitting cross-legged on the base with her arms outstretched, offering a "toast" in one hand with her scarf and tresses flowing in the breeze.
  • Woman with Flowing Hair
  • A bronze & copper Tiffany Studios "Bookmark" inkwell; stamped "Tiffany Studios New York 967". Decorated with the ornamental use of typographical marks of early printers and publishers.
  • Iconic Tiffany Grapevine pattern - trellis, fruit, and curling vine decoration is most evocative of Japanese stencil designs.
  • Tiffany Abalone Design #1157 - Great raised design around the whole bronze case. Then there are pieces of abalone (mother of pearl) on 4 sides of the case and the top of the lid.
  • Tiffany Model #851 Double Inkstand – Spider Web (Pine Needle) pattern. The metal overlay covers a caramel-toned Favrile glass.
  • Tiffany Model #844 Spider Web (Pine Needle) large. The metal overlay covers an amber-toned Favrile glass. Original price in early 1900’s was $15.
  • Tiffany Model #1072 Large zodiac inkwell. Hexagonal tapered base, with each side depicting a zodiac symbol. Libra is embossed on the hinged lid.
  • Tiffany Model #1700 Venetian pattern - simulates elaborate Venetian tooled-leather designs. Little ermines (don't call them weasels - not at these prices!) run around the bottom of the piece.
  • Tiffany Model #1183 American Indian pattern. Indian symbols (owls) and imagery (rain & storm), with design patterns and elements of American Indian rugs and pottery.
  • A dull gold Tiffany Studios "Adam" inkwell; stamped "Tiffany Studios New York 1777" shows a classical design. One of the less expensive patterns.
  • Tiffany "Graduate" model is the Mercedes C-class car of Tiffany desk pieces. It has the name and look, but lacks the extra detail. Mid-range price appealed to gift-givers at graduation time.
  • Tiffany Model #864 – Bookmark pattern (large) - decorated with the ornamental use of typographical marks of early printers and publishers.
  • Mercury (or Hermes), winged messenger, is sitting down, and fixing a wing that has broken off his foot. (or maybe he’s just “taking a load off”).
  • Inkwell depicts Rex, king of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), given as a favor at a Mardi Gras ball. The date 1911 is embossed on the right side.
  • A pair of bear cubs enjoying a feast of berries. The one on the right is throwing a tantrum because the bear on the left is downing the contents of the bowl. M.V.Lomonosov porcelain – dates to 1950’s
  • The dip pen is housed in the wooden grip of the gun. The pencil is the barrel. Open the chamber of the gun and inside is a small traveling inkwell in the shape of a bullet.
  • Vintage traveler inkwell, shaped like a gun, which includes a pencil and dip pen, packed in, along with the inkwell.
  • A ferocious looking lion's head with teeth bared. Upper part of head lifts to access the inkwell. Lion's body forms the pen tray.
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