Antique iron crab inkwell with porcelain liner, novelty inkwell
A wonderful antique crab inkwell, made from iron, the form being quite detailed. The bottom sits flat and it stands sturdily on most surfaces. The body serves as the lis. The hinge has broken but the top can be easily removed and fits snugly in place when put back. The white porcelain liner with a small chip on the edge and plenty of discolorations, but present. Possibly Japanese or Italian, this inkwell would date to the early 1800s or even earlier.
Size: 2.5 inches long x 2.5 inches wide x 1.5 inch tall
Being made of iron, it's quite heavy for such a small object!
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