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Offline Andrea K

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Beautiful implements
« on: December 22, 2016, 01:27:31 AM »
As I mentioned in my introductory greeting, I've been captivated by (but not done) beautiful lettering for most of my life.  I drooled over handwriting, pored over books.  And paper.  Ooooh paper!   I spent my allowance on stationery.   I got calligraphy kits.  I bought dip pens and even a Murano glass nib holder without even knowing how to use them.  I fell in love with an antique inkwell.  This inkwell.  It is one of my prized possessions.   I don't plan using it for anything more than admiring it.  But if anyone has information on the era, how it was used, etc. I would love to know more.

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Re: Beautiful implements
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2016, 01:34:19 AM »
Oh. My. Goodness. Now that is something to treasure.

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Re: Beautiful implements
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2016, 09:32:14 AM »
As I mentioned in my introductory greeting, I've been captivated by (but not done) beautiful lettering for most of my life.  I drooled over handwriting, pored over books.  And paper.  Ooooh paper!   I spent my allowance on stationery.   I got calligraphy kits.  I bought dip pens and even a Murano glass nib holder without even knowing how to use them.  I fell in love with an antique inkwell.  This inkwell.  It is one of my prized possessions.   I don't plan using it for anything more than admiring it.  But if anyone has information on the era, how it was used, etc. I would love to know more.
@Andrea K

Nice. Does this piece have a glass insert? Any makers marks on it?

Were I to hazard a guess, I would say that is French, empire style, Napoleon III period, say about 1870.

you might enjoy this thread. In fact, please post your picture there as well.
http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=1315.0

Is that an antique martini shaker in the background or an ice bucket?
« Last Edit: December 22, 2016, 09:41:31 AM by AnasaziWrites »

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Re: Beautiful implements
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2016, 07:35:13 PM »
I was surfing fleabay for a practical inkwell that I  couldn't easily knock over last night and it struck me that very few of the ones I saw were even close to usable in a practical sense.

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Re: Beautiful implements
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2016, 01:43:31 PM »
@AnasaziWrites    I do absolutely love it, despite its being completely impractical.  But then again I'm fond of many things that aren't practical!  😁  It does have an glass insert.  But no maker's mark.  (I have been trying to post a photo of it open, showing the glass insert, but I am failing.  Makes me think that previous photo postings were a fluke and luck, even though I think I'm doing everything the same. I'm new, so it is doubtless User Error.)

I'll try to post to the great inkwells thread.  Thank you for the link! 

And yes, Eagle Eye, that is an Art Deco martini shaker.  Again... for the "pretty."
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