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Stoneware Ink Pots

W943
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Ink Pots are glazed a very soft grey with subtle speckles. Each is hand painted with a leaf motif in a brilliant bright blue. Each one is slightly different. Base measures 2.5 inches, height is 3.5 inches. Perfect Condition. These would work well for a single pen holder as the mouth is wide enough to accommodate most fountain pens or use as intended as a cool looking ink pot. They are not brand new but not super old either, I'd think they were made in the past 20 years. We have several available.
$25


Vintage Inkwells

W507
Swiv-o-Dex Inkwell


Swiv-o-Dex Inkwell, early model in burgundy bakelite with ribbed black glass inkwell. Base measures 5.25 deep and is 4 inches across at widest point. Height is 4 inches with inkwell in upright position. Inkwell swivels in all directions. Imprint inside the "cup" that holds inkwell reads: Zephyr American Corp Swivodex Trade Mark Pat Pending New York, NY. Very good condition.
$125
W631
Inkwell - W631

Sengbusch Partners Inkstand No. 351, clear pressed glass dual sided inkstand with double inkwells. This style of inkstand was designed to be placed in the center of a large desk and used by two people, one on either side. Each side has triple pen grooves across the front. There is a compartment in center between the inkwells for clips and nibs and doo-dads. Inkwells are self filling style - note that one inkwell is missing it's self closing mechanism/unit inside. Inkwell lids are hard rubber - black ink lid is showing some spotty oxidation. The red inkwell lid is almost totally oxidized to brown, but has an inlaid bright red ring in the top - most unusual. Base measures 8 x 8.5 inches. There is a small chip on the inner edge of hole for one inkwell. Also a chip on one corner. Normally, I steer clear of Sengbusch inkwells and inkstands with chips to the glass, but this one is unusual enough - very few double partners inkstands found, plus the red inlaid lid. These features make it a good find for the Sengbusch collector!
$150
W669
Inkwell Set - W669

Sengbusch Model No, 51 Self Closing Inkstand with original box - Clear pressed glass with starburst pattern in base with No. 51 embossed in center of star. Black bakelite lid is marked: Sengbusch USA. Measures 3 in diameter and is 3 inches tall. Inkwell appears unused and is in excellent condition. The box shows shop wear on edges and the lid is intact but fragile!
$85
W768
Inkwell - W768

Good Luck Horseshoes Victorian Double Snail Inkstand - This is without a doubt one of the more unusual Victorian snail inkstands I've come across over the years. Totally themed for the horse lover with amazing detail. And in amazing condition, too which is not the norm! Base measures 8 x 3.5 inches, height is 4.5 inches. No dents, no dings, the clear glass snails are not cracked. This Good Luck Inkstand is in excellent condition.
$400
W808
Inkwell

Swiv-o-Dex Inkwell, early model in burgundy bakelite with ribbed black glass inkwell. Base measures 5.25 deep and is 4 inches across at widest point. Height is 4 inches with inkwell in upright position. Inkwell swivels in all directions. Imprint inside the "cup" that holds inkwell reads: Zephyr American Corp Swivodex Trade Mark Pat Pending New York, NY. Ribbed glass center section is cloudy in about a 1.75 x 1.25 inch area. Otherwise in very good shape.
$85
W813-VT
Inkwell

Cast Brass Inkstand - Highly polished brass finish, deeply cast floral sprays on opposite sides of the base and also at top corners of the hinged lid. Recessed tray across the front for pins and nibs. Measures 5.25 across front, 4 5/8 inches deep and 2 inches tall at highest rear edge. Shows a few specks of wear to the finish in the front tray, otherwise very good condition.
$70
W835-VT
Inkwell

Bradley Hubbard Inkwell, US, ca. 1930s, matte gold finish with very modern design embossed in center of hinged lid. Large clear glass inkwell insert below lid. Base measures 4 inches diameter. Bradley Hubbard Mfg Co mark is engraved on base of inkwell. Very good condition.
$100
W849
Inkwell

RS Prussia Inkwell Desk Set - This stunning RS Prussia Porcelain Inkwell Set was made in the Reinhold Schlegelmilch second factory in Tillowitz in the Upper Silesia Germany late 1800s. Wreath and Star Mark on the bottom of each piece notes RS Tillowitz and Silesia. The factory in Silesia opened in 1894 and this mark is less common than others. RS Prussian porcelain is known for the complex molds they utilized, beautiful patterns, hand applied decoration and the unusual glazes. This set is finished in a soft aqua blue with a hint of darker aqua speckles with hand painted gilded decoration in a luster finished glaze. It's a soft and subtle finish, not high gloss. The four piece set includes oval shaped desk tray, 3 piece inkwell, 4 desk pad corners and rocker blotter. The inkwell has a separate set in inkwell insert and set on lid. Rocker blotter paper is threaded to the rocker with ribbon. The center of the desk tray is finished in a light catching opalescent glaze. Measurements: Desk tray 12.5 x 9 in at widest points. Desk pad corners 4 x 4 5.25 inch triangle. Rocker blotter 2 5/8 x 4.75 x 1.75 in tall. Inkwell 4.25 in at base, 4.75 in at widest center and 3 in in height. Every piece except one desk pad corner is in just about perfect condition, this set was obviously well cared for. One desk pad corner has a repaired hairline crack on the bottom side and appears very stable. Excellent condition.
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Inkwell

$600
W866
Inkwell

Jennings Bros Five Piece Desk Set, ca. 1915-1920, marked as Model 666. Stunning pheasants with decoration. Cast spelter with art metal finish and gilded highlights. This set includes: Double Inkstand with pen rest across the front, hinged lids, clear glass inkwell inserts, measures 9.25 x 4 inches at base, highest point is 3 inches. Rocker Blotter, blotter face measures 2.5 x 5 inches, height is 1.25 inches. Stamp Box with hinged lid, measures 4 x 1 5/8 inches, height is 1 3/8 inches. Letter Holder, decorated on both sides, measures 6.75 x 2.5 inches at base, height is 4 inches. Blotter Corners, set of four, complete with screws to attach to a blotter backing (not included). Each measures a 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 x 4.75 inch triangle. The entire set is in superb condition and shows barely a hint of use. No damage at all. So many times the pieces in these older sets get separated over the years, this was very well cared for. The Jennings Bros foundry was established in Bridgeport, CT in 1891 and is well known for the finely crafted high end metalware.
$500
W869-VT
Inkwell

Inkwell

British Bakelite Inkpot - ca. late 1940s - early 1950s cylindrical inkpot is made of a deep brown and black mottled bakelite with subtle orange undertones. Open center forms a V so you can easily dip your pen in. Marked on base: Trade (large S in Oval) Mark Code 1700 British Made. Measures 1 5/8 inches diameter and height is 2 inches. Very good condition.
$40
W880
Inkwell

Brown bakelite, measures 3 inches diameter at base, height is 1.5 inches. Embossed on base: Gadeware Made in Gt. Britain. Note this is a one piece inkwell, pour in the ink and dip. Excellent condition.
$50
W897
Inkwell

Noritake Nippon Inkwell and Desk Box Set - Beautiful two piece set marked Noritake Nippon on the base of each piece. Small desk box with set on lid and double stamp box. Finish is a pale, soft green. Stamp box trays are opalescent. Gold borders the top edges and desk box lid. Desk Box measures 2.25 in square and is 2 inches tall. Stamp box measures 2 5/8 inches x 1.75 inches, height is 1 inch. Light wear to the gold edges, otherwise excellent condition.
$150
W918
Inkwell

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Derby Silver Co. Writing Box - Made in Shelton Connecticut, ca. 1872-1898.

The entire exterior finish of this late 19th century silver plated writing box is what I usually refer to as stamped metal, but as I researched a bit I learned that this type of embossed silver plated was made by placing the silver sheet on a mold and pressing the design into the silver. The pattern is very ornate with Flowers and flourishes all around. The raised center area on the hinged lid has larger complimentary detailing and the crown is a beautiful oval shaped stone in the center. At first I thought the stone was turquoise, but I'm not inclined to believe it is malachite. The exterior size of the box is: 9.5 x 6.5 at the base and 5 inches in height.

There is a lock on the front of the box, but a key is broken off inside, so it is not functioning. To this day I fail to understand the purpose of locking stationery boxes since if someone wanted to break in, it would be very simple to haul off the entire box!

There are two sections inside this box. The lower section is for storing stationery and envelopes. You access it be lifting our the top section which is divided to organize your writing equipment. One long section across the back for your pen. Center front section holds a small round silver plated inkwell, the lid screws off, it is cradled perfectly in a small indentation. On either side of the inkwell are two additional areas which would have been used for nibs, quill slips, perhaps some sealing wax and other small objects Measurements for this top section: Inkwell - 2 1/8 in dia x 1 in tall. Pen Section - 7.75 x 1.5 inches. The two outer sections are 3.25 x 2.25 inches. The removable top section is lined in a dark red velour. The insides on the entire box including lid are lined in a dark red silk.

The bottom of the box is smooth silver plate and is marked in the center: 44 Derby Silver Co Quadruple Plate 3466 1/2. The anchor symbol tells us that this box was made between 1872 and 1897 in Shelton, CT. In 1898 Shelton merged with other silver makers to form the consortium International Silver. The anchor ceased to be used after the merger. Either, or perhaps both of the numbers 44 or the 3455 1/2 would have been the stock number.

We have gently polished the writing box to highlight some of the wonderful details, but we will leave heavier polishing if desired to it's next owner. There are no dings or dents in the box, it has been well cared for. There are jut a few very light marks on the bottom of the boxes, not even scratches, but tiny, light marks where it may have once been placed on a not-so-smooth surface. As you can see from the photos, the silk lining the lid is frayed especially toward the top and side edges. The silk lining on the interior of the box is in very good condition with a small ink stain on the back side. The velour lining on the top section is well worn and shows many years of loving use. After about 120 years or so of use, I'd say it has survived the years very well!

We found some general historical info about the Derby Silver Co along with a wonderful insight of what the factory was like to work in and how items were made by a man who started work there at the tender age of 14 in 1918. This writing box predates his experiences, but I imagine the setting would have been very similar. http://derbyhistorical.org/derby_silver_company.htm This is definitely not your average old writing box!
$700
W919
Inkwell

Swedish Silver Plate Double Inkstand - This ca. 1920s footed double inkstand with brilliant blue glass inkwell and pounce pot was probably made in Sweden. I've referenced similar works by Nils Larson Meime although this particular piece is not marked. Beautiful openwork at the back of the inkstand forms a pen rest near the top. Lids are set on, metal collar on the inkwell, pierced and depressed inner lid on the pounce pot. Base measures 6 inches x 2.75 inches at widest points. Height to top of openwork is 4.25 inches. Inkwell and pounce pot are each 1 5/8 inches diameter where they fit into the base. We have gently polished the silver plated finish, but will leave more serious polishing to the person who purchases this lovely set. Unusual and very beautiful inkstand, a small work of art in itself. Very good condition.
$425
W923
Inkwell

Cut Glass Electric Blue Inkwell - A simply dazzling inkwell! This large cut glass inkwell is in the beautiful color referred to as Electric Blue and is one of the not so common colors used in vintage inkwells. It has a hinged lid and large ink reservoir inside the inkwell which nicely accommodates even very large fountain pens. The bezel and hinge are even and the lid closes securely. Measures 3.25 at widest base points, height is 3.25 inches, very heavy, it would be difficult to tip over. The reservoir is 1 5/8 in deep and 1 1/8 in diameter. There are no chips or nicks to any of the facets and that in itself is quite amazing that it has survived without getting nicked well over 100 years. There is an internal glass fracture, which does not affect the ink reservoir which was molded separately, If the inkwell did not have this internal fracture, it would sell in the $600 range. But since the fracture is there, we are selling it for far less. This is a very uncommon and very beautiful inkwell.
$325
W924
Inkwell

Ma Carter Has Lost Her Head! Inkwell portion of the famous Ma Carter from the 1914 Ma and Pa Carter Inkwell set. Some time ago we had Pa’s head and a collector was ecstatic to acquire this as they had the inkwell portion. So, we’re thinking someone just may have Ma Carter’s head and make this a complete inkwell once again. Made in 1914 in Germany, each was individually hand painted. This inkwell is marked clearly on the base: Pat’d Jan 6, 1914 Germany. Measures 1 7/8 in diameter at base, height is 2.25 inches. Very good condition.
$40
W925
Inkwell

Rock-Art Inkwell - ca. 1920s,. While this inkstand looks handmade and technically it is, these Rock-Art inkstands were actually produced in quantity, of course each one is a little different. Sunk into the middle of the rock shrine is a cut glass inkwell with hinged lid - the inkwell has faceted edges and there are hand painted bright colored flowers on the inside of the lid. There are two small metal pen rests extending from the back of the inkstand for a dip pen. The base measures 3.5 x 3.25 inches, rear height is 3.5 inches. Very good condition.
$80
W926
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Folk Art Inkwell and Rocker Blotter Set - Hand painted set includes inkstand and matching rocker blotter. The set is signed on the underside of the inkstand, unfortunately it is hard to make out - perhaps "YL '11 (3 dr???). Perhaps the '11 refers to 1911? Wood inkstand has porcelain inkwell rear center, deep pen rest across the front. Hand painted in dark blue with bright shades of red, orange, yellow and green on top face and all sides, the underside is also painted in a soft orange color. There is some damage to the painted finish on the inkstand, note area on either side of inkwell at edges and also on the right side of the pen rest. Inkstand measures 2.5 in at rear edge, 4.5 inches at front edge, sides are 3.5 inches. Height is 1 1/8 inch. The rocker blotter is also totally painted in matching colors with a very elaborate design on the top of the knob. The painting on the rocker blotter is in very good condition - amazing how much better a painted surface holds up when not exposed to drips of ink and wetness from an inkwell!. Blotter face measures 1.75 x 4 inches and is 2.25 inches in height. Very sweet little set.
$55
W927
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Blue Cut Glass Inkwell - ca. late 1800s, blue cut glass inkwell with Intaglio designs on top of lid and front face on inkwell. Square inkwell has cut faceted edges. Inkwell edge has 12 faceted cut edges. Hinged lid on brass bezel is just a hair askew, closes just shy of being perfectly even. On the top of the lid is Intaglio of a bird with envelope and on the front panel is another Intaglio with floral motif. Large inkwell measures 2.5 inches square, height is 3 inches. The etchings are very detailed and well done. Condition would be excellent except for a small 5mm rough spot on top facet left of center on center panel. This is a rare inkwell.
$625
W936
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Common Sense Inkwell - Common Sense Inkwells are named such because they are squat and heavy and very hard to tip over thus they make common sense! Clear glass with ten facet base, ground bottom, no drain hole. Measures 2 1/8 inches at base, height is 2.5 inches. Very good condition.
$40
W938
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Terry Pen Filler Inkwell - Brown bakelite inkwell with black collar that is actually the top of the "filler". Terry Co. designed this inkwell in Janesville, Wisconsin to auto fill early fountain pens. In the center of the hole should be a little flexible rubber piece that your pen nib would fit into, this rubber piece is hard and parts are missing. Below that is a hard rubber self regulator to move the ink upwards and into the pen. This company wasn't around for long and I'm guessing that the auto fill feature wasn’t a huge selling point for most of the pen using population in the early 1900s. The inkwell measures 3 inches square, corners are contoured. Inside is a clear cylindrical glass bottle. The narrow bottom edges of the bakelite inkwell are Terry Pen Filler Co Janesville Wis USA Pat 1854814 Repaired crack on one lower corner of the brown bakelite holder. The Terry Pen Fillers are unusual, dare I say VERY hard to find and sell for no less than $100. Due to condition, this one is a steal! Nice little piece of history.
$40
W942
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Italian Renaissance Three Piece Set - ca. 1880s Italian Renaissance styled three piece set includes Inkwell, pen rest and candle holder. Brass and enamel over brass. Very beautiful design in deep orange with cram flourishes and small gilded circles. Large pedestal based inkwell has a relief pattern on the hinged lid with ringed finial. Hinge is intact and the lid closes evenly. Base measures 1.5 inches diameter, height is 3.75 inches. The Pen rest has nice detailing on the sides of the brass rest. Base measures 4 inches diameter, height is 2.75 inches. The candlestick is a full 7 inches tall, this would put the candle even higher which would then put the light over what you were writing. Matching scroll work and two lions heads on the center upright. Base measures 4 inches diameter. Each piece is weighted and well designed to prevent being accidentally tipped over. Some of the gilded circles are missing on the inkwell and pen rest, all seems very intact on the candlestick. The circles were most likely removed by a previous owner due to overzealous polishing! Unusual set in very good condition.
$425
W944
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Torquay Inkwell - Make Thyself at Home Inkwell. The inkwell was made by the Torquay (pronounced Tor-Key) Pottery in Devon, England. Torquay was not just one pottery, but a group of potteries that operated under the Torquay name and each had their own specialties and to complicate matters further each made some pretty similar items, too. Since this inkwell is made of red clay that helped narrow it down a little. The Scandy design as this was called also helped narrow down the range of potteries. The odd wording and the style of penmanship appears to be an old Yorkshire dialect. I believe there is a very good chance that this inkwell was made at Torquay's Longpark Factory which operated from 1883-1957. My best guess judging from style and materials and reading some of Torquay’s reference material is that this inkwell dates to the 1920s and was made for the English tourist market. It reads: Fra Eethla (For Eethla) on one side, the reverse side reads: Mak Thisen at Hooam (Make Thyself at Home). Background is a pale ivory glaze and the raised Skandy design is done in royal blue, dark green, light green, brown and yellow. The lettering is in brown. Measures 2 7/8 inches diameter, height is 2 inches. No lid, nor do these ever appear to have had lids. The wide and squat profile would prevent it from tipping over easily. This inkwell is in very good condition.
$95
W951
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Sengbusch Self Closing Inkstand - Clear pressed glass with smooth base. Black hard rubber lid is marked: Sengbusch Self-Closing Inkstand Co. Made in USA. Milwaukee Wis Pat Apr 21 ‘03, ‘04, Jan 15, 07, Sept 1, 14. Measures 2 3/8 inches diameter at base, height is 2.5 inches. Self filling unit inside is not present. Excellent deep dark black hard rubber lid, no chips or nicks to the glass. Great price on this Sengbusch due to the missing filling unit.
$15
W952
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School Desk Inkwell, clear glass circular inkwell with black hard rubber lid on cork stopper. Base is embossed: For a hole 1 7/8 in. Black stopper is deep dark black and marked Ink above and below a small star. Fits a 1 7/8 inch school desk inkwell hole. Very good condition.
$40
W953
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School Desk Inkwell, clear glass circular inkwell. Base is embossed: For a hole 1 5/8 in. Fits a 1 5/8 inch school desk inkwell hole. This school desk inkwell would have originally had a threaded screw on black lid, however the lid is missing. You might want to add a cork stopper. Great price due to the missing lid.
$10
W954
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Clear Pressed Glass Cube Inkwell with lift off lid, smooth base, faceted edges, pressed grid pattern in lid. Measures 2.5 in square x 2.5 in tall. Very good condition, no chips or nicks.
$45
W955
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Clear Pressed Glass Cube Inkwell with lift off lid, smooth base, faceted edges, pressed grid pattern in lid. Measures 2.5 in square x 2.5 in tall. One shallow flake to interior edge of lid, otherwise very good condition.
$40
W956
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Clear Pressed Glass Cube Inkwell with lift off lid, smooth base, faceted edges, pressed grid pattern in lid. Measures 1 7/8 in square x 1 7/8 in tall. Very good condition, no chips or nicks.
$40
W957
inkwell


Clear Pressed Glass Cube Inkwell with lift off lid, smooth base, faceted edges, pressed grid pattern in lid. Measures 1.5 in square x 1.75 in tall. Very good condition, no chips or nicks.
$35
W958
inkwell


Defiance Model No. 90-D Double Inkstand, clear pressed glass, double inkwells, center section for clips and pins, double pen rest across the front of inkwell. Base is embossed No. 90-D. Swivel inkwell covers are made of hard rubber, swivel to the side to access inkwell and dip into the ink. The underside of each lid is marked: Patented Defiance Mfg Co NY Defiance No. 10. One inkwell lid is dark black as it was originally. The red hard rubber lid which would have covered the red ink has oxidized on the top to a chocolate brown, the inside of the lid still shows some light red. Measures 7.25 x 5 inches at base, height at rear is 1.5 inches. No nicks or chips and aside from the oxidized red lid, in very good condition.
$90
W961
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Domed Gravity Inkwell with Pen Rest, ca. 1890s. Deep grey-bronze finished inkwell and double pen rest, clear ribbed gravity dome to hold lots of ink. Lift the beautiful lid with raised tulip detail to add ink. Base measures 5 inches diameter, height to top of dome is 3 inches. The left pen rest is just slightly askew, we straightened it as much as we could without jeopardizing the stable mounting, does not affect resting two pens there. Once small ding on the top edge of base left just to the left of the inkwell lid. Overall very good condition.
$110
W962
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Arts and Crafts era double inkstand with triple pen rest and thermometer. Beautiful brown toned art metal finish over copper over iron. Hinged lids lift to reveal clear inkwell inserts beneath. Nice triple pen rest across the front edge. The Thermo-Vane domed thermometer seems to be permanently set to 70 degrees. The inkwells and the pen rests continue to function exactly as intended! Measures 8.5 z 5.25 at widest base points, height is 3 inches. The finish is in very good condition with only a bit of wear to the rear of the thermometer. So many times these beautiful Art Metal finishes are ruined by excess cleaning. Very good condition.
$90
W964
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French Souvenir Inkwell - ca. 1920s. Chrome plated double inkwell is marked: Made in France in four different spots on the underside of base. Two figural pieces in the center show the Notre Dame Cathedral of Reims and Joan of Arc. Souvenir de Reims is engraved beneath the cathedral figural. Hinged inkwell lids, recessed area is formed to serve as a single pen holder. Measures 5.5 x 2.5 inches at the widest base points. Height to the top of the cathedral is 2 5/8 inches. NOTE: Inkwell inserts and missing from this inkstand. Very good condition and nice detail on this souvenir inkwell.
$70
W965
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Sengbusch Self Closing Inkstand Model No. 51, clear pressed glass cylindrical inkwell with starburst pattern pressed in base and embossed No. 51 in center of base. Measures 3 in diameter and 3 in in height. Black hard rubber lid nice and black as it should be. Lid embossed: Sengbusch Self-Closing Inkstand Co. Made in USA Milwaukee, WIS PAT Apr 21,03, Aug 23,04, Jam 15, 07. Comes with most of a silver metallic Sengbusch box and original instruction sheet. Self closing ink filling unit is missing. Inkwell is in very good condition. Box and instructions are very well worn.
$40
W966
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Cheltenham & Co English Double Inkstand - ca. 1920s, silver plated over copper double inkstand, Clear glass inkwells with silver plate hinged lids with roping around upper edge. Each inkwell measures 1.75 in square, height is 2 inches. Inkwells fit into a raised base also with the raised roping around top and bottom. Very beautiful raised repousse filigree surrounds the tray, raised feet have sunburst pattern. Bottom of inkstand is clearly marked: Cheltenham & Co LE Made in England Silverplate on Copper. N.S. Mounts 011002. There is an engraved Unicorn on both sides of the Cheltenham & Co mark. Base measures 7.5 x 5 inches. One inkwell bezel has a small bump on lower edge and the lid on this inkwell does not close totally flush, almost, but not quite. One small ding on short edge side of tray in the center. Overall very good condition and an elegant English inkstand.
$185
W967
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Swiv-o-Dex Inkwell in white milk glass with grey swirled bakelite collar. Base measures 4 3/8 inches diameter. Height is 4 inches with inkwell in upright position. Inkwell swivels in all directions. Imprint inside the "cup" that holds inkwell reads: Zephyr American Corp Swivodex Trade Mark Pat Pending New York, NY. Ca. 1940s. Beautiful Art Deco design. Very good condition.
$50
W968
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Swiv-o-Dex Inkwell - clear glass inkstand, black amethyst inkwell with grey swirled collar. Base measures 4 3/8 inches diameter. Height is 4 inches with inkwell in upright position. Inkwell swivels in all directions. Imprint inside the "cup" that holds inkwell reads: Zephyr American Corp Swivodex Trade Mark Pat Pending New York, NY. Ca. 1940s. Beautiful Art Deco design. Very good condition.
$50
W970
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Roll the Dice Inkwell & Blotter Set - ca. 1930s - Solid oak double inkstand with matching rocker blotter. Clear pressed glass common sense style inkwells are separated by a wood dice. Large pen tray across the front of the stand. Matching rocker blotter has a wood dice as the handle. Inkstand measures 10.5 x 5.5 inches at base. Highest point at rear is 2 5/8 inches. Rocker blotter face is 2 7/8 x 6.75 inches and height to top of the dice is 3.75 inches. It was not unusual in days gone by for inkwells to be commissioned for a special award or distinction, perhaps it was custom made for someone? Excellent condition.
$95
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W972
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Gravity Fed Dome Inkwell - ca. 1880s, clear glass gravity inkwell. Pour ink into the open end to fill up the dome and it will gravity feed into the open side of the inkwell so you can use your dip pen as originally intended. It's actually large wide enough and deep enough to easily fill fountain pens, too. Panels embossed on the top of the dome. P.B. Co. embossed on the base of the inkwell. Measures 4 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches at widest base points, height is 2.5 inches. The opening of the inkwell end is 1 1/8 diameter x 2.25 inches deep. Very good condition.
$65
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Sengbusch Cut Glass Inkstand - A little more upscale than your typical Sengbusch Inkstand. Green tinted cut class base with single pen groove across the front. Beveled edges. Hard rubber square inkstand with round lid is marked: Sengbusch Self Closing Inkstand Co. Milwaukee Wis Pat'd Sept 1, '14. The self closing unit is inside the inkstand. Right side of stand is a single hard rubber pen holder. Base measures 4.5 x 6 inches. No chips or nicks at all to the glass base which is pretty amazing in itself. There are some very light scratches on the top surface, very minor. We have included a butterscotch bakelite dip pen which would date to a few decades later than the desk set itself, but fits the pen holder perfectly. The dip pen measures 6 7/8 inches long and is fit with 14KT gold plated BAFF fountain pen nib and hard rubber feed. The nib, while nice looking wrote about like a nail, so we did some work on it and turned it into a nice smooth straight italic about 1.0mm width. There is some little light ink staining on dip pen near point end, otherwise in very good condition.
$85
New
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Chinese Figural Horse Inkwell - Beautiful piece is designed for use with a brush or dip pen, the inkwell hole is small - just shy of a half inch, a small plug closes the hole. Glazed in subtle shades of teal, tan, brown and light blue. The base is un-glazed white porcelain. Measures 5 x 1.5 at widest base points, height is 2.25 inches. Very good condition.
$80




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Desk Top Accessories

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In addition to inkwells, we search the world for interesting vintage desk top accessories. No, we're not talking about the desktop you might be reading this on, we're talking about your good old fashioned desk top, the one where you sit down to write letters with pen and ink.



Knife Handle Letter Openers
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These beautiful letter openers were all made from vintage knives. The handles are just amazing and there is a wide range of patterns from the very old traditional designs to more recent Mid-Century Modern patterns. Handles range from Sterling Silver to Silver Plate to Stainless Steel. They are all in a minimum of very good condition, some letters openers show normal wear to the handles, after all, in days gone by someone used these to eat their dinner with!

Each knife was individually hand ground and polished by a local metal craftsman into a letter opener blade. This gent does amazing specialty work, these letter openers will not disappoint you!
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Silver Plate Letter Opener, deeply embossed floral pattern at handle end with a a small triangle of same design at blade end of handle. Blade is marked: Community. Measures 9 1/8 inches long.
$25
LO-12
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Stainless Steel Letter Opener, Art Deco design, blade is marked: Stainless. I'm guessing the handle is stainless, too, since this is one piece construction. Measures 8.75 inches long.
$15
LO-17
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Stainless Steel Letter Opener, Mid-Century Modern single Starburst pattern, no markings at all. Measures 8.25 inches long.
$15
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8


Stainless Steel Letter Opener, Contemporary look of "paisley" shapes on edges of handle, no markings at all. Measures 8 5/8 inches long.
$15
LO-19
9


Stainless Steel Letter Opener, Pine Cone pattern, handle is marked: Wallace Stainless. Measures 7 7/8 inches long.
$15
LO-24
24


Stainless Steel Letter Opener, Curved handle with embossed flourishes at blade end, blade marked: Acsons Stainless Japan. Measures 8.5 inches long.
$15


MM-444
desktop

Memo Holder with Bling! Design and materials tell me this is from the 1950s, maybe early 1960s. The bright sparkling gems bring it right back into style today! The header piece is gold plated stamped metal with a large mauve stone surrounded with light green and bright pink jewels and pearls, all intertwined with some gold wirework. Attached with a fine gold chain is a wood pencil with a painted gold finish. Memo Pad and holder measures 2 5/8 x 4 inches. Filled with paper and in original box. Excellent condition.
$10
MM452
desktop

Double Compartment Desk Organizer - Glass painted to look just like bakelite. Two section organizer to hold clips and pins or what-have-you on your desk. Measures 3 x 4 inches, height is 1.25 inches. Base is marked: Paragon No. 110 Frank A. Meeks Mfg Co New York. Common name in desk accessories and especially inkwells. Very good condition.
$35
MM466
desktop

Primitive styling and I have a hunch this spindle may have been made out back in someone’s shop! Heavy iron base with a thicker than usual bill spike. Round base measures 2 inches diameter, overall height is 4.5 inches. A lot of patina on the base, I'll bet the stories would be good if it could talk! Very good condition.
$12
MM469
desktop

Bill Spindle - Very contemporary modern look, probably dates to the late 1950s. Ivory metal base measures 2.75 inches diameter, overall height is 4 3/8 inches. Very good condition.
$15
MM471
desktop

Anodized copper metal desk top easel style vintage perpetual calendar has a nice groove across the front for a slim pen or pencil. Embossed God Answers Prayer on the left, embossed praying hands on the right. Perpetual calendar in center has a little slide in the front to change the dates. Measures 2 x 5 inches, small footprint on your desk. Great color, slide moves easily, very good condition. The little white speck in photo on the pen groove is no longer there, sometimes Frank and I don't coordinate photo-cleaning very well, sorry!
$15
MM482
desktop

Victorian Bill Spindle - Very large and ornate Victorian styled bill spindle, cast iron six sided base is bronze color and measures 3.75 inches diameter. Total height is 9 inches. Not your typical small spindle, this was probably used in a commercial setting. Very good condition.
$40
MM487
desktop

Laser Engraved Walnut Desk Ruler - Solid walnut 12 inch executive desk style ruler. The skylines of New York City and San Francisco are engraved at each end. The ruler is in mint condition, never used. Each is 2 inches wide. These were made in Newton, Iowa by the Newton Mfg. Co.
$25
MM489
desktop

Tatum Victorian Harp Spindle - ca. late 1890s - early 1900s Tatum cast iron harp shaped wall spindle. Long curved spindle could hold a lot of bills or you could use this to drape other object over in the curved base end - ties, scarves, necklaces - use your imagination! Embossed Tatum on the backside. High quality cast iron. Very good condition, just a few high points missing a bit of black paint.
$30
MM498
Inkwell

Cowboy Boot Bookends - Vintage wood bookends with a cowboy boot on each end to give a little extra kick to hold your books in place. Medium oak finish, metal base slides easily under books, felt covered on base to protect your book shelf. Base measures 4.5 x 3.25 inches including the metal extension to slide under books. Height is 8 inches. Dark red detailing on each boot. Very good condition.
$30
MM503
Inkwell

Unusual Mixed Era Desk Lamp - The base and the dual uprights on this lamp have a 1950s colonial type look to them, the shade is more streamline and looks 1960s to me. At first we thought perhaps someone had muddled the two pieces together, but the more we looked at it, the more we are fairly sure that the lamp was made with this eclectic look. The wood base has three long pen grooves across the front. Nice turning on the two uprights. Steel shade has a brown pebbled finish with a raised bright chrome accent piece center front. Black and red push buttons on the base to turn single fluorescent tube on and off. Base measures 5 x 11 inches. Height is 13.5 inches. Shade is 18 inches long. In working order. Right end panel on shade is starting to separate from the shade on the front edge. Light wear to the finish overall, think of it as normal use wear. A very interesting desk lamp with a home for three of your pens.
$25
MM504
Inkwell

Filigree Vintage Bill Spike - Very ornate cast iron with star shape near top and keyhole to hang it up with. Very wide curved spike, it will hold a whole bunch of bills, letters or whatever other papers you want to stab onto it. Back plate measures 5.25 x 3.5 at widest points. Very good condition.
$25
MM516
desktop

Letter Holder - ca. 1960s leatherette covered metal letter and memo holder. Black with attractive gold detailing across the front edge. Base measures 2 x 6 inches, rear height is 4 inches, front height is 3 inches. Excellent condition and just waiting for you to fill it with your incoming mail.
$12
PW-034
pw


Pressed glass paperweight, ca. 1930s – clear pressed glass paperweight with cross hatch pattern embossed in bottom is very heavy and will hold down a pretty hefty stack of papers! There were a number of desk top accessories made in this pressed glass pattern over the years including inkwells and pen trays, so this may be a good match for an item you already have. Measures 3.5 inches diameter and is 1 7/8 high including knob. Excellent condition.
$40
PW-035
pw


Lasercraft Solid Walnut Paperweight, beveled edges, laser engraved oak leaf and acorn design. Measures 3 x 5 inches. Original labels all intact on the bottom. Excellent condition.
$35
PW-038
pw


Cast Iron Paperweight, very simple rectangular design with knob that is attached with screw through the base, pressed waffle type design on base. Black paint is showing some aging. Measures 2.75 x 1.75 at base, height is 1.25 inches. Very good condition.
$25
PW-039
pw


Cast Iron Paperweight, oval shaped, raised filigree pattern on top surface, knob is attached through the base with a bright brass nail. The bottom is hand marked with the letters MEL and also the name, Marion which might relate to the M in MEL. Measures 2.75 x 2.25 at widest base points, height is 1 inch. Base is not quite level due to the centered brass nail head, this could be easily resolved with a layer of felt, but wanted to leave the markings visible. Very good condition.
$30
MM534
inkwell


Monkey Pen Wiper - There are three painted resin monkeys in the See No, Hear No Speak No Evil positions. Don't Monkey with Anything On This Desk Souvenir of Washington, DC is embossed on a brown leather grained top piece, below are two pieces of felt, one red and one blue (patriotic for Washington, DC, right?). You would wipe your pen dip pen nib between the two pieces of felt. Oddly enough there are a couple of black ink stains on the bottom of the felt, but none in between the two pieces of felt. Measures 4 3/8 x 3.25 inches, the monkeys are 1.5 inches tall. Very good condition.
$35
MM542
inkwell


Small Cast Iron Spindle, ca. early 1900s - Elegant little cast iron spindle, sometimes called a bill spike has a black finish. I suspect this spindle was well used over the years, the raised scallop pattern is well worn from many years of handling. Base diameter is 2 1/8 inches, height is 3.5 inches. Just waiting for a desk to call home and perhaps a few papers to hold. Very good condition.
$20
MM544
inkwell


Perpetual Calendar - Lusterware figural perpetual calendar has a figural lion on the front edge in lion colors with a cute little black hat. Pearly Lusterware blue frame holds the original cards so you always have the right date. Hand painted. Base is black. Base measures 2.5 x 1.75 inches, height is 2.5 inches. Art Deco steps on left side of calendar. Marked on base both in a black circular stamp and embossed on the porcelain: Japan. Very unusual and in great condition.
$45
MM546
inkwell


Swingline No. 747 Stapler, burgundy, several specks of paint missing on one lower edge of stapler, otherwise it is just fine. Well made, heavy steel stapler. Functions perfectly with a load of standard staples. Not really collectible, just a practical well made stapler at a great price. We use staplers like this everyday here at Pendemonium Central that are 25 years or older and they just keep on stapling. Current retail on this classic model is $32.
$10
MM547
inkwell


Swingline No. 444 Stapler, black, several specks of paint missing on one lower edge of stapler, otherwise it is just fine. Well made, heavy steel stapler. Functions perfectly with a load of standard staples. Not really collectible, just a practical well made stapler at a great price. We use staplers like this everyday here at Pendemonium Central that are 25 years or older and they just keep on stapling. Current retail on this classic model is $26.
$10
MM556
inkwell


Mexican Bookends - Figural carved wood bookends are hand painted in native Mexican attire. Natural dark wood finished bases, love the sombreros! Each bookend measures 4 x 3.75 inches at widest base points, height is 6 inches. Bases are marked Made in Mexico. There are two small nicks to the edge of the man’s sombrero, otherwise in very good condition.
$40
MM557
inkwell


Antique Cameo Arts & Crafts era Wood Bookends - Solid wood bookends have quite the stately look and have a dark finish, I am thinking judging on the style that these date to ca. 1920s, definitely have that Arts and Crafts style look to them. There is a small 1 in diameter well worn round cameo applique on each bookend, I thought about removing them, but then decided to leave them for the next rightful owner to make this decision. Base of each bookend measures 5.75 x 2 1/8 inches, height is 6 inches. Aside from the worn cameos, very good condition and a well made set of bookends.
$40
MM562
inkwell


Antique Wood Bill Spindle - Most older bill spindles are made of metal, rarely do we find one like this with a dark finished wood base, nicely grained, too. Base measures 3.25 in diameter, height to tip of the bill spike is 4 3/8 inches. Very good condition.
$20
MM570
inkwell


Antique Cast Iron Bill Spike is made of heavy iron and has a bit of a coppery looking patina to it. Base diameter is 2.25 inches, height is 5 inches. The spike leans a tiny bit to one side, but is straight. Fill it up with bills or notes and letters, great little vintage desk accessory.
$15
MM571
inkwell


Painted Porcelain Teapot Desk Trinket Box - Painted Ceramic trinket box with hinged lid so you can store away a few nibs or other stray desk thingies. Shaped like an old roll top desk with a spout and handle. Love the quill and inkwell on the top of the desk. Measures 2 x 1 3/8 inches at base, height is 3.25 inches. Fun little piece for pen and ink people! Excellent condition.
$20
MM577
inkwell


Autodex Hercules Phone Index - According to the info sheet inside this old metal phone index it was made by the Zephyr American Corporation in Long Island City, NY. Also the makers of Rolodex rotary card systems and Swiv-o-Dex inkwells dating back to the WWII era. Zephyr American certainly has a long history in the world of desk and office supplies! This tan and white metal Phone Index, sometimes called a listfinder has never been used, no writing on any of the cards inside. Slide the lever on the right hand side to the letter of your choice, push the chrome button down on the front edge and automatically find someone's phone number and address. Yes, we know you can keep track of everyone on your phone or computer, but you can use your fountain pen to write names in the Hercules Autodex! Very good condition.
$20
MM580
inkwell


No need for those chintzy chrome plated hand held paper punches when you can put this old cast iron single hole lever operated punch on your desk! A perfect hole each and every time! Bottom of base is marked: Oil occasionally Wilson Jones Co 116-1. Base measures 4 1/8 x 2.25 inches at widest points. Height with lever upright is 4 inches. We did due diligence and oiled each punch, they work great. Very good condition. Several Available.
$25
New
MM581
inkwell


Vintage Streamline Design Desk Lamp - Great metal lamp in a shimmery champagne colored finish with ribbed bright gold plated trim around the single pedestal. Push the little push button on the base to turn on and off. Uses a single 18 inch fluorescent tube. Store your pens in the wide pen groove across the front of the base. Weighted base measures 5.5 x 4.5 inches, shade is 18.5 inches long. Height is 12 inches. Just a hint of wear to the finish on lower front edge of base, this lamp is in very good condition and it works!
$45
New
MM582
inkwell


Donkey Pen and Pencil Holder - ca. 1960s, adorable little ceramic donkey, mostly glazed in brown with black and white big round eyes, bright red ears and smiling mouth plus metallic gold around his neck. Two holes in the saddle to hold pens or pencils up to 3/8 inch diameter. Measures 2.25 c 2.75 inches at base, height is 3.5 inches. In perfect condition with a small original oval foil label under his tummy marked Made in Japan.
$25
New
MM583
inkwell


Speed Products Co Stapler ca. 1930s - Speed Products was the predecessor to Swingline who is still churning out staplers today. Heavy black desk stapler with Art Deco black bakelite handle at the top has a steel plate where staple goes in. A small lever on each side slides to release the top of the stapler to reload with standard staples - the ones you can still buy today. We loaded it up with a full strip of staples to get you started. Measures 8.5 inches long, height is 4 inches. In good working order. Shows some wear to the black painted finish on the edges.
$15


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