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Sedan Chair Antique Inkwell

Reference
82708
Height
3 3/4" (9.52 cm)
Width
2 3/4" (6.98 cm)
Depth
2 1/4" (5.71 cm)
A leather and glass desk Inkwell in the form of a Sedan Chair.

The inkwell is a good size and divides to the middle with the top hinged to fold back completely so that it rests flat on the desk. The case is made of leather on quarter inch thick wood. The windows have red silk curtains behind glass which is framed in brass. The sides of the inkwell each have two brass brackets to take carrying staves. The front of the Sedan has a sprung brass button to release the top.

The interior has a domed brass lid for the inkwell which would have been held in place by a second sprung catch, which is now missing. The removable glass ink bottle is now missing but the interior of the domed lid has a sprung pad which would have sealed the bottle's top.

A wide variety of novelty inkwells were made either side of 1900 but this Sedan Chair feels earlier than those and a little more sophisticated. The leather is finely rolled with tooled lines to the edges. The silk and glass are a nice detail. Certainly, it is much larger than other novelty inkwells and although the Sedan Chair is a mode of travel, this inkwell was not made to be portable. A very interesting desk piece. Late 19th Century.

Height
3 3/4" (9.52 cm)
Width
2 3/4" (6.98 cm)
Depth
2 1/4" (5.71 cm)
Period
Late 19th Century
Medium
Leather, Brass, Glass
Origin
England
Style
Antique Inkwell
Exhibitions
Receiving Orders
Condition
Bottle Missing