An ornate brass ink stand containing a ceramic inkwell. The inkwell consists of a square brass frame with a decorative overhanging lip, a small round base stand, and a large, round, concaved inkwell container with a hinged ornate lid. The lid is capped with a small ringed knob.
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It's easy to imagine this ornate inkwell taking pride of place on someone's desk, with a range of ink pens waiting for their turn to be dipped. Ballpoint pens took priority over nib pens post World War Two, and inkwells like this one lost their prominence on desks all over the world.
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