Inkwell on Stand

Inkwell on Stand

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Square glass inkwell with beveled corners, faceted shoulders and an octagonal stopper that fits into a stand shaped as a circular, rigid, hand-held fan on four disc feet, the handle oxidized and fan gold washed. Stand has a central square opening and is chased with an asymmetrical Japanesque design featuring a diagonal wrigglework band of semicircles and a curving plant to right. Two cast moths or butterflies attached near handle form a pen holder. Stand underside is struck with an incuse circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales above a crosslet, all bordered by "▪ MERIDEN ▪ / B. COMPANY" in sans serif letters; the number "30" is below.
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Object Name
stand, inkwell
date made
ca 1886
Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver plate (stand material)
gold (gilt wash on stand material)
glass (inkwell material)
electroplated (stand production method/technique)
overall, inkwell and lid: 2 1/2 in x 2 in x 2 in; 6.35 cm x 5.08 cm x 5.08 cm
overall, stand: 1 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in x 4 in; 2.8575 cm x 13.97 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
writing implements
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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