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Striking and elegantly proportioned Art Deco inkwell and stand by Mappin & Webb, Birmingham 1929. Square glass inkwell with hinged silver and tortoiseshell cover inset into a square silver and tortoiseshell stand. Engine-turned silver frame to upper aspect of cover and stand. Stand with central silver well to hold the inkwell and has twin pen holders to the front. Raised on four ogee-shaped feet. Fully hallmarked for Mappin & Webb, Birmingham 1929 and marked “MAPPIN & WEBB LONDON”. The stand measures 15.25 cm by 15.25 cm and overall height is 6.25 cm.
This inkwell with stand is in overall excellent condition commensurate with age and use. Inkwell sits snugly within its well. Hinge to cover is sound. Exceptionally minor surface marks to silver. Tortoiseshell to cover is in excellent condition. Tortoiseshell to stand is very solid. The stand consists of two layers of tortoiseshell – the bottom layer having two hairline cracks at one back corner and extremely minor hairline to front corner of top layer. These are not visible, and the tortoiseshell is solid – this being mentioned here as part of a complete and comprehensive description. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.
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