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Royal Worchester Inkwell
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1900 inkwell attributed to Royal Worchester. Not signed. Hand painted. Birds, flowers, and enamel highlights. Made in England. Please note of wear consistent with age.
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Early 1900s English Antique Inkwells

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Porcelain

Vintage Single Inkwell, Antler Base, European 1930, B2813
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage Single Inkwell, Antler Base, European 1930, B2813 European 1930 Silver Plated Inkwell With Lid Pen Holder To The Front B2813 Measures: 4"W x 3"D x 3.5"H.
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1930s European Vintage Inkwells

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Silver

Antique French Empire Style Ink Stand, Desk Inkwell, France 1880, B2276y
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique French Empire style ink stand, desk inkwell, France 1880, B2276y France 1880 Floral mounts to the back Gilt pierced three quarter gallery on top Pair of gilt inkwells w...
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1880s French Empire Antique Inkwells

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Brass

Vintage Brass Inkwell, Silver Plated, Scotland, 1940
Located in Vancouver, BC
Vintage brass inkwell, silver plated, Scotland 1940, B2823 Scotland 1940 Brass and silver plated Lift up lid Glass liner Measures: 3.25" x 3.25" x 3.25" H.
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1940s Scottish Vintage Inkwells

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Brass, Silver Plate

French 19th Century Metal Inkwell with Caparisoned Indian Elephant and Monkey
Located in Atlanta, GA
A French metal inkwell from the 19th century depicting an Indian caparisoned elephant topped with a monkey. Created in France during the 19th century, this metal inkwell captures our...
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19th Century French Antique Inkwells

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Metal

Unusual Mid 19th Century Bronze & Ormolu Inkwell in the Form of Well-Cast Coc
Located in London, GB
An unusual mid 19th Century bronze & ormolu Inkwell in the form of well-cast Cockerel with lifting head, spurs and flamboyant tail feathers, raised on moulded socle.
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

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

Rare Chinese opium smoking tray in Cloisonné Bronze with Black Enamel
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Rare Chinese opium smoking tray in cloisonné bronze with black enamel. Divided into three compartments plus the wick deposit. 19th century.
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Late 19th Century Chinese Antique Inkwells

Materials

Bronze, Enamel

NAP. III Inkwell Sign, Tahan a Paris Enamel Blue and Red Elephant, Dragon, Horse
Located in Epfach, DE
Napoleon III inkwell in bronze and enamel sig. Tahan a Paris, for Jean Pierre Alexandre Tahan very decorative inkwell in blue with red, inlaid also with elephant, horse, dragon.
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1870s French Napoleon III Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

19th Century Terrestrial Inkwell Representing Arts and Science
Located in Rochester, NY
19th century brass inkwell. Decorated with many items representing science and art. Brass with remnants of silver plating.
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19th Century European Antique Inkwells

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Silver Plate, Brass

19th Century Black Forest Carved Inkwell
Located in High Point, NC
19th century Black Forest hand carved inkwell from Switzerland made from fruitwood. The head opens to reveal what appears to be the original glass inkwell. Restoration to antlers.
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19th Century Swiss Black Forest Antique Inkwells

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Fruitwood

Napoleon´S Tomb Inkstand Desk Piece
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
Napoleonic inkstand, silvered cast iron model of Napoleon's Tomb, fourth quarter of the 19th century, the silvered tomb with a gold plated bicorne hat on top, When you open the lid y...
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Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Antique Inkwells

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Metal

French Art Deco Marble and Bronze Ink Well
Located in Los Angeles, CA
French Art Deco marble ink well with bronze details and well atop. The size and wonderful art decor shape make for this piece a compliment to many desks. The details also extend to t...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Inkwells

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Belgian Black Marble, Bronze

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

American Art Nouveau Classical Sterling Silver Inkwell by Kerr
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau sterling silver and glass inkwell. Made by William B. Kerr in Newark, circa 1890. Clear rectilinear block body with diaper ornament cut to underside. Well has four curved...
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Late 19th Century North American Art Nouveau Antique Inkwells

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Sterling Silver

Russian Silvered Bronze Bear Inkwell, Russia, 1870
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare 19th century silvered bronze inkwell depicting a finely detailed cast bear, cast of Russian silver. Russian silver is highly desirable among serious collectors as it is one of t...
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1880s Russian Baroque Antique Inkwells

Materials

Bronze

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 English Sterling Silver and Cut Crystal Watch-Clock Inkwell, Circa 1910
Located in New Orleans, LA
Wonderful antique English sterling silver and cut crystal watch-clock inkwell, Circa 1910.
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1910s English Vintage Inkwells

Materials

Crystal, Sterling Silver

Early 20th Century French Bronze and Marble Inkwell with Eagle Sculpture
Located in Dallas, TX
Decorate your desk or office with this large inkwell on a green marble base. Crafted in France, circa 1920, the antique desk accessory stands on small scroll feet and features a bron...
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Late 19th Century French Empire Antique Inkwells

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Marble, Bronze

English Officers Equestrian Silverplate, Enamel & Hoof Inkwell
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
English Officers Equestrian silver plate, enamel and hoof inkwell, an exquisite example with a portrait of the beloved horse, expertly mounted, possibly by Elkington & Co. Unmarked ...
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1890s English High Victorian Antique Inkwells

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Silver Plate

Indian Inkwell Peacock, circa 1950
Located in Dallas, TX
This vintage Indian peacock inkwell was made in the 1950s. It was handmade from thin sheets of brass bent, formed and soldered to take on the shape of a peacock. The back is attached...
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1950s Indian Vintage Inkwells

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Brass

Silver Inkstand, with Hallmarks, Madrid, Spain, 1779
Located in Madrid, ES
With hallmarks and property marks (AL). A tray of curved profiles is supported on four legs in the shape of plant elements. Fixed to it are four elements. These, and the bell, prese...
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1770s Spanish Neoclassical Antique Inkwells

Materials

Silver

Brass Golf Themed Inkwell, circa 1930
Located in Stamford, CT
English brass Golf themed inkwell with golf club and ball motifs, circa 1930.  
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Early 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Inkwells

Materials

Brass

Wedgwood Decorated Black Basalt Inkstand
Located in New Orleans, LA
This enchanting antique Wedgwood black basalt inkwell is crafted in the form of an ancient oil lamp. With a removable well and holes for storing pens and quills, it is decorated with...
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19th Century English Other Antique Inkwells

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Porcelain

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

Materials

Bronze, Enamel

Single Antique Inkwell, Silver Plated Inkstand, Scotland 1900, B2809
Located in Vancouver, BC
Single Antique Inkwell, Silver Plated Inkstand, Scotland 1900, B2809 Scotland 1900 Silver Plated Base Single Inkwell With Thistle Engraved Top B2808 Measures: 4"W x 4"D x 2....
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Early 1900s Scottish Antique Inkwells

Materials

Silver

19th Century English Rams Horn Inkwell with Pewter Mounts
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century English rams Horn inkwell with pewterl mounts and brass topped bottles.
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1880s English Victorian Antique Inkwells

Materials

Pewter

French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Sèvres Porcelain and Ormolu Inkwell
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A charming and most elegant French 19th century Louis XVI st. Sèvres porcelain and ormolu inkwell, stamped, P.C.G. The inkwell is raised by fine fluted bun shaped feet below the beau...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Inkwells

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Ormolu

Antique English Gilt Gold Brass Letter Holder and Double Inkwell Desk Set
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Antique English gilt gold brass letter holder and double inkwell desk set. Finely crafted of carved and etched gold gilt solid brass with intricate and high relief motif of scrolls, ...
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Early 20th Century European Inkwells

Materials

Brass

Three 19th Century Black Forest Carved Walnut Inkwells Monkey Kingfisher Bulldog
Located in Haarlem, NL
Set of three antique Black Forest hand carved walnut wood hinged ink wells with glass insert eyes. Made during the mid-late 1800s, in the Brienz area of Switzerland. I have seen ...
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Late 19th Century Swiss Victorian Antique Inkwells

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Glass, Walnut

Art Deco Marble Inkwell with Bronze Moose, Ashtray and Ink Dryer, Europe
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stunning Art Deco Desk Set : An Early 20th Century Ink Set - Inkwell with a Bronze Moose or Elk on top, a large Ashtray and an Ink Dryer. It's a very large Green - Black and White...
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Early 20th Century European Art Deco Inkwells

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Marble, Bronze

Arts + Crafts Metal Inkstand, Ink Holder And Pen Rest, Scotland, 1920
Located in Vancouver, BC
Arts + Crafts metal inkstand, ink holder and pen rest, Scotland 1920, B2775y Scotland 1920 Pot metal All original Measures: 4"W x 4"D x 2"H.
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1920s Scottish Vintage Inkwells

Materials

Metal

Vienna Bronze Walrus Inkwell
Located in New Orleans, LA
Wonderfully charming and boasting a high level of detail, this bronze walrus also serves as an inkwell. The incredible artistry of Viennese bronze work is on display in this delightf...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Other Antique Inkwells

Materials

Bronze

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

Empire Style Table Clock and Inkwell
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Empire style table clock and inkwell Origin France Circa 1900 The watch has a Paris machine and it works Golden bronze and Onix materials Very good general condition the marble ...
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Early 1900s French Empire Antique Inkwells

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Bronze

Antique Brass Inkstand, Art Nouveu, Ceramic Insert, Scotland 1910, B2776y
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Brass Inkstand, Art Nouveu, Ceramic Insert, Scotland 1910, B2776y Scotland 1910 Brass Single inkwell with ceramic insert Brass pen holder to the back Embossed base ...
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1910s Scottish Vintage Inkwells

Materials

Brass

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

Black Forest Carved Bear with Pen Inkwell
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Swiss bear with log pen rest and inkwell. Published in "Black Forest Bears and Swiss Woodcarvings," plate 93a. Book included. In the 1800’s the wood carving industry of Switzerland ...
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19th Century Swiss Black Forest Antique Inkwells

Materials

Wood

Silver Gilt and Mother of Pearl Inkwell
Located in New Orleans, LA
This extremely rare English Palais Royale-style double inkwell is crafted of engraved mother of pearl and mounted in Fine gilt silver. Inside, two glass ink bottles sit securely in t...
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Early 20th Century English Other Inkwells

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Silver

Large Arts & acCrafts Marble & Brass Desk Inkstand with Four Porcelain Inkwells
Located in Lisse, NL
Unique size and great design, double Arts & Crafts inkwell stand. This is the largest (and heaviest) antique inkstand that we ever came across. For it to be pure Arts and Crafts and...
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Early 20th Century European Arts and Crafts Inkwells

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Marble, Brass

Antique English Victorian Brass Inkwell, Circa 1860-1870
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English Victorian brass inkwell, Circa 1860-1870.
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19th Century English Victorian Antique Inkwells

Materials

Brass

Antique Italian Green Marble and 'Lava Cameo' Inkstand
Located in London, GB
Antique Italian green marble and 'lava cameo' inkstand Italian, 19th century Measures: Height 10cm, diameter 14cm This charming inkstand is crafted from green marble and gilt metal....
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19th Century Italian Grand Tour Antique Inkwells

Materials

Marble, Metal

19th Century Napoleon III Marble Inkwell Moses by Michelangelo
Located in Paris, FR
19th century black marble inkwell surmounted by a patinated bronze statue featuring Moses by Michelangelo. The statue of Moses, commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb an...
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Late 19th Century French Renaissance Revival Antique Inkwells

Materials

Marble, Bronze

19th Century Dolphin Inkstand
Located in Cheshire, GB
Ram horn and silver plate dolphin inkwell, bearing a pair of ram’s horns, mounted with plated dolphin mounts, the tail suspending a bell, the beater for which is on mounts to the fro...
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Late 19th Century British Antique Inkwells

Materials

Oak

Onyx and Bronze Inkwell Desk Set
Located in Stamford, CT
Onyx and bronze inkwell desk set depicting Louis Pasteur. A nicely cast bronze with double ink holders on an onyx pen and pencil base.
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1920s Louis XVI Vintage Inkwells

Double Coppered Inkstand in the Japonais Revival Style
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Antique coppered Japonais Revival inkstand with two ink pots and a stamp holder. The border of the base is in relief and abounds with flowers and birds while the pen rest has a quain...
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1890s English Japonisme Antique Inkwells

Materials

Brass, Copper

Japanned or Chinoiserie Decorated Louis XV Style Lacquer Inkwell
Located in Nashville, TN
The lacquer ground with a strong burgundy undertone. Well carved , colored and other wise decorated . The porcelain well in good Antique condition . Minor wear due to age and use .
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1860s French Louis XV Antique Inkwells

Materials

Lacquer

French Faience Inkwell with Lion
Located in Charleston, SC
An unusual and highly-decorative 19th century French faience inkwell from Normandy, featuring a stylized lion holding a shield with coat of arms, surrounded by a helmet (hollow for h...
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19th Century French Renaissance Antique Inkwells

Materials

Ceramic

Art Nouveau Gilt Dore Framed / Glass Ink Well
Located in Hudson, NY
Art nouveau gilt dore brass framed with glass inserted ink wells with open work irises & applied floral decorative lid cover . The ink well is about 4.5 inches X 3.5 inches X 3.5 inches
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Early 20th Century European Inkwells

Materials

Brass

Large Victorian Period Sterling Silver-Mounted Controlled Bubbles Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
Large, Victorian period, sterling silver-mounted controlled bubbles crystal inkwell with hinged lid, Boston, circa 1895, Bigleow ,Kennard and Co. makers. Measures: 3 3/4 inches high ...
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1890s American Victorian Antique Inkwells

Materials

Crystal, Sterling Silver

Art Deco Black Glass and Brass Desk Pen Holder with Crest
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful Art Deco period black glass and brass desk pen holder with crest, circa 20th century. Piece holds standard size pen. Crest at front center is a scull w/cross-bones. Piece...
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Early 20th Century European Art Deco Inkwells

Materials

Brass

Very Nice Late 19th Century Bronze and Marble 3 Piece Desk Set
Located in New York, NY
A very nice late 19th century bronze and marble 3 piece desk set. The large Chinese designed rectangular desk set centered with a bronze crane and two decorated ink holders on eit...
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Late 19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Inkwells

Materials

Marble, Bronze

Grand English Bulldog Novelty Inkwell with Glass Eyes, circa 1880
Located in Bath, GB
A magnificent English Victorian inkwell made from solid English brass having been professionally polished to gleam. This grand figural dog inkwell was modelled in the form of an E...
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1890s English Late Victorian Antique Inkwells

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Glass

Empire Style Gilt Bronze Mounted Green Glass Inkwell Bottle
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is an Empire style parallelogram shaped emerald green glass heavy inkwell. It’s guilt bronze mounted with a scene of sphinxes statues, bell shaped vases, and maidens moving and ...
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Late 19th Century French Empire Antique Inkwells

Materials

Glass

French Art Nouveau Bronze Dore Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
French Art Nouveau (Secessionist-style) bronze dore double inkwell with floral design and green fabric under glass base.  
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20th Century Art Nouveau Inkwells

Materials

Bronze

Early 20th Century Art Nouveau "Blown Out" Inkwell by, Tiffany Studios
Located in Englewood, NJ
An American Art Nouveau cast bronze, patinated and glass "Blown Out Inkwell" by, Tiffany Studios with. a rich patinated cast bronze reticulated and further blown out green glass an...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Inkwells

Materials

Bronze

Montblanc Autumn Fountain Pen, Four Seasons Collection
Located in New Orleans, LA
The art of writing reaches epic heights with this exquisite, limited edition Montblanc fountain pen. This rare and stunning instrument represents Autumn in the renowned firm's exclus...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Other Inkwells

Materials

Gold

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.

Find a collection of unique metal inkwells to suit any taste on 1stDibs or shop by style. Browse a range of Art Nouveau inkwells, Victorian inkwells, Art Deco inkwells and more. Search our selection of inkwells to find the perfect piece for any space.