Superb Antique Silver Plate Mounted Horse Hoof Inkwell Edwardian Era - Rare For Sale
SUPERB ANTIQUE EDWARDIAN HORSES’ HOOF INKWELL WITH SILVER PLATE MOUNTS AND PATTERN OF CROSS ENGRAVED ON LID – RARE AND HIGHLY COLLECTABLE!
A superb example of a horses’ hoof inkwell with silver plated mounts, probably from the Edwardian era although it could well be older and Victorian. It has a hinged lid, engraved with an attractive, engine-turned pattern of a cross on the top. It is on a horseshoe base. Please note that there is an unusual, lovely feature on the horseshoe at the front where the silver plate goes up into a triangular peak. You can just see the beginning of it on the main photo. If you would like a better picture of it, please let us know.
This is a very high quality piece – it has well-defined engraved hair, decorative silver plate nails in a well-coloured glossy hoof, and a good clean shapely frog with no splits or repairs.
HISTORY: These horse hoof inkwells were very popular in the latter half ofthe 19th century and beginning of the20th century, in particular with the military and during the First World War. They were usually made to order by the owner to commemorate a special horse that had died. Many of them wereengraved with the name of the horse.
This particular example does not have any names engraved on it but has a lovely, engine-turned pattern in the shape of a cross on the top of the hinged lid. Whether this is to signify a death, or rather is some sort of family crest, we do not know.
It measures 10cm (4 inches) in height and 15cm (6 inches) in width.
The weight of the whole piece is about 900g.
In great condition for its age. It needs a bit of a clean and the plate has worn through in places. It’s clearly been well-used, polished and loved. The glass internal inkwell is missing but should be easy to replace.
This is a fabulous inkwell that obviously has some real history to it. These inkwells are becoming increasingly rare and therefore highly collectable. This piece would have been a very expensive item to commission when it was made. A stylish, elegant piece that would give any desk real presence – you are not getting an inkwell, you are getting a slice of history!
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