A brass desk inkwell, 19th century, designed as a cherub kne...
A brass desk inkwell, 19th century, designed as a cherub kneeling before a memorial plinth, surmounted by a sword and helmet, hinged to reveal the well, all upon a rectangular plinth base with stiff leaf borders, 11cm high, 11.5cm wide, 6cm deep and a circular brass pill box, the cover inset with a pressed tortoiseshell panel depicting a butterfly, 4.5cm diameter (2)
Inkwell: The piece shows areas of oxidation, tarnishing, polish residue and surface wear throughout. The glass liner is associated, and fits loosely in the well. The hinge of the cover is slightly loose and the cover does not close perfectly. The cherub figure rotates if twisted.
Pill box: The cover inset shows two deep scratches intersecting to form a 'Y' shape across the butterfly's antennae. The cover shows small dents and wear to the brass. The cover hinge shows evidence of historic repair. The body shows surface wear across the exterior, and wear, scratching and oxidation to the interior.