Monday, 25 July 2011

Elias Wolff: The Ink Stand

Neville Beechey is a French polisher by trade, jewellery maker and owner of Antiques and Fine Furniture in Colac Victoria, Australia. Remember Elias Wolff? Palimpsest wrote about him and his pencils, Bleistift elaborated on Wolff’s and Staedtler’s story and Neville has got the ink stand. He wrote to Palimpsest wondering about its value. Does anyone know how many of these inkstands were made, or anything else about them? Neville provided some details and attached some photos of this interesting item.

The ink stand is made of cast iron and weighs 2.12 lbs or 1.23 kg. The lid is inscribed E. Wolff & Sons Eclipse Inkstand. There are three ink wells labelled “red”, “black” and “copy". Above the inkwells there is the inscription E.W. & Sons; Reg. 1883 No.6722. The ink wells can be taken out to be filled. The lid turns to reveal one inkwell at a time.
Neville S. Beechey is on Antiques Plus Vintage, Collectables, Retro and 20th Century Design, where his contact details.

Happy inking.

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