A Mappin & Webb Antique Solid Silver Novelty Inkwell - London 1904 Edwardian (Code 8054)
A very early 20th Century Edwardian period novelty inkwell. It is in the form of an open work barrel on trolley. It is perhaps intended to be an early fire pump or perhaps some kind of cable carrier. To the top are four small spigots in the form of connectors or valves. To the interior is a copper piece formed in concentric ribs looking like cable or piping of some form. Also to the interior is a glass inkwell of the non spill type. The silver is Hallmarked for Mappin & Webb with a date code for London 1904.
The wheels on the cart are functional and are held in place by small retaining pins. The Hallmark is to the underside of the trolley and it is also stamped Mappin & Webb. The lid has the partial mark to the centre.
Certainly a most unusual example and a fun novelty piece for the collector.
Hinge appears to have been restored probably due to earlier damage - it now works fine. Wheels all present and rotating freely. Usual minor wear and ageing with lots of detailed images shown for you to inspect. Small dent to rear of lid between hinge section. Glass intact. Copper insert piece with ageing and patina build up.
Height 8 cms (3.2 inches)
Width 5.5 cms (2.1 inches)
Weight 200 grams (before packing).
Stock Code: 8054 MR13-4
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