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Early Villeroy & Boch Stoneware Inkstand
Located in Forney, TX
An extremely scarce early Villeroy & Boch pottery deskset stand. The pristine German antique, circa 1860, was masterfully handcrafted in Mettlach during the third quarter of the 19th...
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19th Century German Antique Inkwells

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Pottery

Maitland Smith Bronze Toad Frog Lily Pad Inkwell Pen Holder Sculpture Statue
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Maitland Smith Bronze Toad Frog Seated on Lily Pad Inkwell Pen Holder 18" Sculpture Statue. Item is approx. 20 lbs. Label no longer attached. Circa Late 20th - Early 21st Century. Me...
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Late 20th Century Inkwells

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Bronze

Antique French Charles X Gilt Bronze Inkstand / Standish with Cut Glass Inkwells
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A very fine antique gilt bronze inkstand. In the Charles X style. The inkstand holds 2 bottles and 2 pen rests and has a handle on one side for easy repositioning. The edges, ...
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Early 19th Century French Charles X Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

18th/19th Century English Georgian III Period Matthew Boulton Inkstand
Located in Forney, TX
A fine quality Georgian III period silver plated inkstand by celebrated English silversmith Matthew Boulton, displaying all of the timeless elegance and sophisticated style the perio...
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Late 18th Century English Georgian Antique Inkwells

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Silver Plate

Art Deco Inkwell Vienna, circa 1920s
Located in Wien, AT
Art Deco inkwell Vienna, circa 1920s Original condition.
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1920s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Inkwells

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Metal, Nickel

Vintage Porcelain Inkwell, Hand Painted, Scotland, 1930
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage porcelain inkwell, hand painted, Scotland 1930, B2824 Scotland 1930 Fine China Hand painted inkwell with hinged top Sitting in center of cruciform base with hand painte...
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1930s Scottish Vintage Inkwells

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Porcelain

Large Antique Ink Well, English, Crystal Glass, Desk, Mid-19th Century
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a large antique ink well. An English, crystal glass, desk ink well dating to the mid-19th century, circa 1850. Larger than most at 13 cm, 5 inches high Hexagonal in form ...
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Mid-19th Century English Early Victorian Antique Inkwells

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Cut Glass

19th Century French Marble and Bronze Rooster Sculpture Signed Melotte
By Melotte
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate your desk or study with this elegant antique inkwell, crafted in France, circa 1880, and situated on a rectangular green marble base, the desk accessory features a bronze ro...
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Late 19th Century French Empire Antique Inkwells

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Marble, Bronze, Enamel

Antique Carved Inkwell, Swiss Milk Cow, Late 19th Century
Located in Dallas, TX
This intriguing Black Forest inkwell has been meticulously hand carved from wood and dates to 19th century Switzerland. The piece depicts two men attempting to milk a cow. The man...
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19th Century Swiss Black Forest Antique Inkwells

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Cut Glass, Wood

Impressive Black Marble Inkwell with Bronze Ducks
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Incredible black marble inkwell that is truly an objet d'arte, having two lyrical bronze ducks with bone beaks, as though perched at the side of a pond and two square ink wells lined...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Inkwells

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Marble, Bronze

Antique Green & Silver Mercury Glass Inkwell by W. Lund of London
Located in San Diego, CA
A large antique green and silver mercury glass Inkwell by W. Lund of London, circa 1890s. The well is bell shaped with a brass hinged lid. There is a metal medallion under glass ...
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Late 19th Century English Art Nouveau Antique Inkwells

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Art Glass

Art Deco European Cut Crystal Inkwell, 1930s
Located in Lucenec, SK
Pair of Art Deco cut crystal inkwell in perfect condition, from 1930s.
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1930s Austrian Art Deco Vintage Inkwells

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Crystal

19th Century Bronze Dore Napolean Ink Well, France.
Located in Atlanta, GA
An Encrier set with richly-veined Verde Antico marble base mounted with pair gilt-bronze inkwells flanked on either side of a Napolean bust. The marble base with pen tray rest on sh...
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19th Century French Napoleon III Antique Inkwells

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Marble, Bronze

Group of Two French Faience Ink Wells, 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
19th century group of two faience ink wells, circa 1875 Desvres with Fourmentraux Frères Mark, circular, decorated in the Rouen style, faience inkwell (5" diameter), circa 1898. Hen...
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19th Century French Antique Inkwells

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Faience

Gilt Bronze Dog-House Inkwell, 19th Century, French
Located in Doylestown, PA
A charming French gilt bronze inkwell in the form of a dog house with the roof on a hinge to store the ink bottle.
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19th Century French Napoleon III Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

Late 19th Century French Bronze Inkwell Modelled as a Monkey Castrating a Cat!!
Located in London, GB
Well what can I say about this incredible Inkwell, I have seen many examples from this period that depict monkeys tormenting cats but I have never seen one that is quite this extreme...
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Late 19th Century French Victorian Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

Antique Repousse Sterling Inkwell by Jacobi & Jenkins
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare antique hand-hammered repousse lid sterling silver inkwell by Jacobi & Jenkins of Baltimore, circa 1900. The inkwell has a removable domed sterling repousse lid in a floral pa...
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Early 20th Century American Inkwells

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Crystal, Sterling Silver

Inkwell in Gilt Bronze and Marble, Plaque in Love, 19th Century, Napoleon III
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Inkwell gilt bronze and marble plaque amours, 19th century, Napoleon III period Measures: H 17cm, W 36cm, W 15cm.
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1880s French Napoleon III Antique Inkwells

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Marble, Bronze

19th Century Black Forest Carved Bear on a Log Inkwell
Located in Stamford, CT
Charming black forest carving of a bear playing the flute seated om a log. The log opens on one end to reveal a glass inkwell, and the bear swivels to an opening to store pen nibs. B...
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Late 19th Century Swiss Black Forest Antique Inkwells

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Walnut

Edwardian Period Sterling Silver and Pink Enamel-Mounted Crystal Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
Edwardian period, beautiful sterling silver and pink guilloche enamel-mounted, etched crystal inkwell, American, circa 1900. Hand blown bubble for ink. Crystal is etched with garland...
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Early 1900s American Edwardian Antique Inkwells

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Crystal, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Vintage Silver Plated Circular Inkwell, Scotland 1930, B2821
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage silver plated circular inkwell, Scotland 1930, B2821 Scotland 1930 Circular silver plate inkwell with glass liner Measures: 4" x 4" x 1.75" H.
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1930s Scottish Vintage Inkwells

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Silver Plate

Sculptural Lion Pewter Inkwell Box by Anna Petrus for Herman Bergman, Sweden
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pewter inkwell by Anna Petrus, designed in the period 1925-1927, when Petrus worked for Herman Bergman. Adorned with the expressive lion that is one of Petrus’ signature designs. Loo...
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1920s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Inkwells

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Pewter

Famille Verte Porcelain Inkwell by Samson
Located in Paris, FR
Small famille verte porcelain inkwell decorated with enameled flowerpots, foliage, and stylized rinceaux. The inkwell is set on a gilt bronze base that is decorated with palmette and...
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Early 20th Century French Chinoiserie Inkwells

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Bronze, Enamel

Charles X Gothic Revival Gilt and Patinated Bronze Inkwell
Located in Boston, MA
Of rectangular shape, cast with gothic style arcading, the removable top depicting a fallen knight adjacent to a broken column and opening to two wells. In the early 19th century, ...
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1810s French Gothic Revival Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

Antique Art Nouveau Inkstand, Rosewood + Kingwood Inlaid, Scotland, 1900
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Art Nouveau inkstand, rosewood + kingwood inlaid, Scotland 1900, B2783y Scotland 1900 Rosewood + kingwood Pair of two crystal inkwells and lids with metal handles and a ...
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Early 1900s Scottish Antique Inkwells

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Kingwood, Rosewood

English Victorian 19th Century Silver Inkwell Depicting a Crowing Rooster
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English Victorian period silver inkwell from the 19th century, depicting a rooster. Created in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, this silver inkwell features a rooster p...
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19th Century English Antique Inkwells

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Silver

Edgar Brandt Art Deco Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
An Edgar Brandt Art Deco inkwell. Wrought iron and glass. Original glass inkwells present, one with a slight chip on the rim.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Inkwells

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Iron

1930s Art Deco Portoro Marble Italian Desk Set
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Very precious Italian inkwell and signature pad with original paper. It's made with very rare portoro marble, particular for its black with brown and gold veins. Price is for the com...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Inkwells

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Marble

Unique & Intricate Swiss Black Forest Style Hunting Ink Stand Original Inkwells
Located in Lisse, NL
All handcrafted and probably unique work of Swiss hunting art. This is the most figural inkstand you may ever come across. No matter from what angle you look at it, there are animal...
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Early 20th Century Swiss Black Forest Inkwells

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Brass

Antique Sterling Silver and Crystal Glass Ink Stand, William Comyns & Sons, 1904
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique sterling silver and crystal glass ink stand Maker: William Comyns & Sons Made in London 1904 Fully hallmarked. Dimensions: Diameter x height: 11.5 x 7 cm Weight: 120...
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Early 1900s British Antique Inkwells

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Crystal, Sterling Silver

Vintage Hand Painted Inkwell, China Inkwell, England 1940
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage hand painted inkwell, China inkwell, England 1940, B2825 England 1940 Hand painted inkwell with hinged top A present from Harrogate England Nice condition no crack or c...
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1940s Scottish Vintage Inkwells

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Porcelain

19th Century Victorian Lignum Vitae Bulldog Inkwell, c.1860
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
19th century Victorian lignum vitae inkwell modelled as the head of a bulldog with realistic glass inset eyes, original leather collar with a copper push-button and a silver presenta...
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19th Century English Victorian Antique Inkwells

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Brass

Antique Amber Colored Cut Glass English Inkwell
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous amber colored cut glass English inkwell, circa early 1900s. The piece features a rounded underside bottom and lid in exquisite cut glass with a smooth and flat top half; ver...
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Early 20th Century English Inkwells

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Cut Glass

English Victorian Silver and Blue Glass Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
English Victorian silver and blue glass inkwell. Marked: George Fox, London, 1878.
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Late 19th Century English Antique Inkwells

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Silver

Exquisite Bizantine French Empire Napoleon III Bronze Ormolu Inkwell or Inkstand
Located in Arles, FR
Exquisite Bizantine French 19th century Empire Napoleon III gilded bronze inkwell. This handcrafted antique desk accessory bears the makers mark on the bottom is of exceptional qual...
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Late 19th Century French Empire Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

Grand Tour Empire Style Green Glass Gilt Mounted Inkwell
Located in Nashville, TN
Green glass with gilt mounts of classical design. Lid with laurel. Rubbing to the gilt frieze and figures. Brilliant color. General wear and typical grime. No chips to glass. Pretty...
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Late 19th Century French Empire Antique Inkwells

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Glass

Franz Xavier Bergmann Austrian Cold-Painted Bronze Coffee Vendor Inkwell
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A stunning Austrian cold-painted bronze inkwell figure of a coffee vendor at his stall by Franz Xavier Bergmann (1861-1936) and dating from around 1900. The bronze comprises of an op...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

French 19th Century Charles X St. Bronze, Ormolu and Sienna Marble Inkwell
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant French 19th century Charles X st. patinated bronze, ormolu and Sienna marble inkwell. The inkwell is raised by a rectangular Sienna marble base. The pedestal displays an e...
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19th Century French Charles X Antique Inkwells

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Bronze, Ormolu

Antique Double Inkstand, Linage Blue and Gilt, France, 1900
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique double inkstand, linage blue and gilt, France 1900, B2788y France 1900 Porcelain Floral decoration to the back Pair of porcelain inkwells with lids Pen rest Stamp hol...
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Early 1900s French Antique Inkwells

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Porcelain

Antique English Porcelain Inkwell, Blue Pheasant Design by Copeland Spode
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A charming piece of Spode Porcelain with an intricate design from one of Peacock series. The design and colors remain crisp and the inkwell is in very good antique condition.
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1910s British Edwardian Vintage Inkwells

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Enamel

Vintage Carved Wooden Inkwell, Shape of a Nut, European 1930, B2816
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage carved wooden inkwell, Shape Of A Nut, European 1930, B2816 European 1930 Carved Wooden Nut With Leaf Top Lifts Up To Reveal A Single Glass Inkwell All Original B...
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1930s European Vintage Inkwells

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Wood

Black Forest Carved Bear with Pen Inkwell
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Walking bear pen holder and inkwell. Published in "Black Forest Bears and Swiss Woodcarvings," plate 92a. Book included. In the 1800’s the wood carving industry of Switzerland start...
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19th Century Swiss Black Forest Antique Inkwells

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Wood

Antique Brass Inkstand, Single Inkwell, Brass Tray, Scotland 1920, B2780y
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique brass inkstand, single inkwell, brass tray, Scotland 1920, B2780y Scotland 1920 Brass Lid Missing Liner Shaped Tray Decorated with a holly branch B2780Y Measu...
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1920s Scottish Vintage Inkwells

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Brass

Inkwell WMF Racing Car
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Inkwell WMF racing car Desk inkwell Origin Germany Circa 1915-1920 Manufacturer WMF Very good condition with original patina Natural wear.
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1910s German Art Deco Vintage Inkwells

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Metal

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Victorian Racehorse Hoof Inkwell Taxidermy
Located in London, GB
A very fine racehorse taxidermy hoof modelled as an inkwell, the inkwell lid depicting a jockey's cap. Late 19th century.
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Late 19th Century English Victorian Antique Inkwells

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Metal

Military WWI British MkIV Tank Bronze Desk Inkstand, circa 1918
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
WWI British Military MkIV tank, circa 1918 Marble and bronze desk inkstand. High details. Pen not included.  
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Early 20th Century British Art Deco Inkwells

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Marble, Bronze

Loetz Art Nouveau Glass Inkwell For E. Bakalowits & Sons, Austria, circa 1901
Located in Vienna, AT
Blown, disc-shaped body with brass mounting, original glass insert and glass knob. Shape: Commissioned production E. Bakalowits & Sons, Vienna, Com. 85/3930/I-II, year 1901 Dec...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Inkwells

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Glass

Art Deco Sengbusch Inkstand, with Pen Holder
Located in Vancouver, BC
Art Deco Sengbusch inkstand, with pen holder, B2781Y Having an inkwell and pen holder With original pen Decorated with brass band and wood inlay All sitting upon a black marble...
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Early 1900s Scottish Antique Inkwells

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Marble, Brass

Antique Repousse Sterling Inkwell with Insert
Located in San Diego, CA
Antique hand-hammered repousse sterling silver inkwell, circa 1900. The inkwell has a single back hinge to open the lid and a screw cap and the glass liner. Fine condition and rich p...
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Early 20th Century American Victorian Inkwells

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Sterling Silver

Vintage Hand Painted Inkwell, China Inkwell, Scotland
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage hand painted inkwell, China inkwell, Scotland, B2826 Scotland Hand painted inkwell with hinged top A present from aberlady Nice condition no crack or chips Measures:...
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1940s Scottish Vintage Inkwells

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Porcelain

Antique Repousse Sterling Inkwell by Howard & Co.
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare antique hand-hammered repousse sterling silver inkwell by Howard & Co. New York, circa 1903. The inkwell has a single back hinge to open the lid and a bun cap and the glass li...
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Early 20th Century American Inkwells

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Sterling Silver

Meissen Inkwell in Hand Painted Porcelain with Floral Motifs, 19th Century
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Antique Meissen inkwell in hand painted porcelain with floral motifs and gold edge, 19th century. Measures: 7.5 x 5 cm. In very good condition. Stamped.
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19th Century German Antique Inkwells

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Porcelain

6-Piece English Arts & Crafts Silver Desk Set
Located in New York, NY
English Arts & Crafts 6 piece sterling silver desk set with Egyptian scarabs and wing design. Desk pad, inkwell, pen tray, stamp box, roll blotter, letter holder. (PRICED AS SET)
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Late 19th Century English Egyptian Revival Antique Inkwells

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Sterling Silver

19th Century Victorian Lignum Vitae Bulldog Inkwell, c.1860
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
19th century Victorian lignum vitae inkwell modelled as the head of a bulldog with realistic red glass inset eyes, original leather collar with a copper buckle. The head is hinged an...
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19th Century English Victorian Antique Inkwells

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Brass

Strasbourg Chinoiserie Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
Strasbourg chinoiserie inkwell. Antique double-pot faience handled encrier with quill pot and removeable ink pot and cover and sand pot, both with pagoda-top finials, all painted wit...
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Late 18th Century French Chinoiserie Antique Inkwells

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Faience

Baccarat Louis XVI Style Inkstand
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a glorious Baccarat Louis XVI style inkstand. This is a gorgeous item ! High quality ! It consists of 2 beautiful Baccarat swirl pattern crystal inkwells with gold p...
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20th Century French Louis XVI Inkwells

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Crystal, Ormolu

Victorian gilt inkstand desk set in the Gothic style
Located in London, GB
Victorian gilt inkstand desk set in the Gothic style English, 19th Century Height 19cm, width 27cm, depth 12.5cm This wonderful inkstand is a fine piece of Victorian period design. ...
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19th Century English Gothic Antique Inkwells

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Brass

Fox Head Inkwell
Located in London, GB
A well-cast mid 19th century bronze fox head Inkwell, raised on moulded circular base.
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19th Century English Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

Vintage, New and Antique Inkwells

Now that we no longer need vintage, new or antique inkwells for written communication, these elegant desk accessories make for a distinctive decorative touch in any home office or study.

Prior to the 19th century, the inkwell was an integral part of the writing process. The first fountain pen was patented in 1827. Typewriters found acceptance during the 1880s, and the ballpoint pen, which replaced the inkwell on most desks and writing tables of the era, modernized the way we write. (Later, it would transform how some of us make art.) Today, a well-designed antique or vintage inkwell is a fun, decorative accent for any work area.

If you find yourself working from home today more often than not, why not freshen things up a bit? Small changes can help elevate your workspace: Incremental edits to your interior, such as rethinking your shelving, swapping out your wall decor and adding a touch of the past to your modern-day desktop, can actually make a big difference. Alongside an ornate Art Deco–era desk lamp and an antique paperweight, your inkwell will look right at home and can support your effort to create a happy home office.

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