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Crystal inkwell with silver plated hammered lid, star base

Accession Number
2010/1.227

Title
Crystal inkwell with silver plated hammered lid, star base

Artist(s)
Artist Unknown

Object Creation Date
1875-1975

Medium & Support
glass, metal

Dimensions
3 9/16 in. x 2 9/16 in. x 2 9/16 in. ( 9 cm x 6.5 cm x 6.5 cm )

Credit Line
Gift in loving memory of Donald Maxwell Robiner from his family

Subject matter
As with most objects of daily use, inkwells could be modest and utilitarian or more fanciful, the latter employing lavish use of precious materials to reflect and enhance the status of the possessor. Inkwells in the UMMA collections demonstrate a rich variety of materials, including silver, crystal, ceramic, and metal. Some pre-date the emergence of the fountain pen, and many mark the transition from a quill or nib pen to the convenience of the pocket pen commonly found today. Inkwells are avidly collected by those who value the artistry that went into the creation of a beautiful object for everyday life

Physical Description
This is a crystal inkwell with a silver-plated cap. The bottle has a cylinder shape with vertical fluting. The round cap has hammered designs on top and a beading pattern around the edge.

Primary Object Classification
Decorative Arts

Primary Object Type
Inkwell

Rights
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Keywords
glass (material)

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