An antique pierced Art Nouveau design cast metal encrier / desk stand, incorporating two heavy glass inkwells and cast metal covers, and a penrest.
Underneath the encrier, there are some impressed numbers, the left hand probably being the design number, and the right hand set of number is probably the registered design number. This number is rubbed somewhat and as far as we are able, we make this 503528 which would date this encrier to around 1907.
When we cleaned the encrier, it appeared to have been covered with some form of blacking, possibly even boot polish and we have tried to remove this. We have no idea why this was done. The heavy glass inkwells are slightly different in design with one inkwell being slightly smaller than the other. The cast metal inkwells both bear different raised designs. We are not sure if this was intentional – probably not. The encrier itself is structurally sound.
One of the inkwell bears a fairly large crack which we have tried to show in the photographs. Other than that, the glass appears to have no other noticeable cracks, but there are the usual nicks here and there, commensurate with age and use. However, this is not really visible from the outside of the well. The design of the inkwells is fairly standard and it should be fairly easy for any future owner to obtain a replacement with the suitable measurement should they wish to. No guarantee can be given though.
The encrier measures approximately 9.875in at the back of the inkwell rests and just under 9.75in at the front of the pen rest, by just over 5.5in. The inkwell bases measure around 2.625in each. The whole encrier, together with its inkwells and covers stands approximately 3.5in high, with the slightly smaller inkwell side being a little lower. Weighs just under 1500 in total.
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