This is another of my antique inkwells in my online store.
This one is made of a damascene material, where the main body is a dark matt finish and inlaid with lots of little Egyptian Hieroglyphs in gold-coloured or gold metal.
I have never seen another inkwell quite like this one - the decoration on the exterior is just so minute and delicate. And is in such fabulous condition.
I am speculating that this one dates to the 1920s when there was a mania for all things Egyptian.
The interior liner is fitted and not removable - and it made of thick clear glass. There are no damages to the liner - it has a fine brass collar inside to keep the glass rim from chipping.
The lid is hinged onto the ink well - this has a strong and firm hinge. The lid has more Egyptian damascene decoration - and a decorative pattern band over the base of the cap - as photographed.
It is certainly a delightful wee thing - and have taken oodles of images for your inspection.
It is small but beautifully made and so detailed.
There is a little indistinct maker's mark on the gold trim of the base - as photographed.
Each side measures 4.5 cm and the height including the lid is 6 cm.
Probably a special wee item for the more specialist collector.