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British and General Tube Desk Blotter A132
British and General Tube Desk Blotter A132
Original, quality pre-war brass mounted 'D' shaped desk blotter. This good example is engraved to the top for "The British & General Tube Co Ltd, Drayton House 30 Gordon Street London WCI". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

6.25" x 3.25" x 1.25" tall.

 
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Price: 95.00


Large Unused General Ledger B26
Original, quality very large unused pre-war "General Ledger" with red leathercloth covered covers and bindings, marbled page edges, decorated inner covers and columned pages. Totally unused, in super condition and complete. Some very minor scuffs to the front cover.

19" x 13" 2.75".

 
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Price: 165.00


Large Unused General Ledger B26



Brown Stoneware Ink Bottle with labels BJ180
Brown Stoneware Ink Bottle with labels BJ180
Original, quality 1920's brown glazed stoneware ink bottle with a pouring lip and the original paper label, although a little tatty. This jar is impressed for the maker "Bourne of Denby" and the label details the original contents "Stephens Blue Black Writing Fluid". Complete and in good order.

7.5" tall.

3.25" diam.

 
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Price: 30.00


Jubilee Vesta Case CC206
Original, quality nickel plated advertising Vesta case manufactured by "Perry & Co. Steel Pen Makers", to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. This unusual item was probably given away or sold with Perry pen nibs and with a secondary use as a Vesta case, hence the ribbed striking surface to the top of the lid. All is complete and in good and working order.

2.5" x 1.25" x 0.5"

 
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Price: 135.00


Jubilee Vesta Case  CC206



Jubilee Paper Knife CC151
Jubilee Paper Knife CC151
Original, quality boxwood paper knife issued to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee for 50 years on the throne in 1887. Details are printed on both sides and cover "The Queen, The Royal Family, Important Events during her reign, Parliament and Prime Ministers". Very clean, with sharp detail and complete and in good order.

13" x 1.25".

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass Proportional Dividers in Case D19
Original, quality pair of pre-war brass proportional dividers in the original case. The dividers are in the original unpolished finish and the fully fitted cased is lined in Royal Blue silk and velvet and covered in a maroon leather paper. Complete and in good and working order.

Case 7.5" x 1.25" x 1".

Dividers 6.75".

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass Proportional Dividers in Case D19



Leather Covered Filing Tray FC6
Leather Covered Filing Tray FC6
Original, quality pre-war light tan coloured leather covered desk top filing tray with inset cover. The upper surfaces have tooled gilt inlays and the undersides have the original marbled paper. General scuffs and rubs to the leather but no stains or damage and complete and in good and usable condition. The first we have seen in good order.

10.75" x 8.5" x 2.75".

 
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Price: 135.00


Brass Letter Clip LC54
Original, quality late 19th century brass letter clip in the form of a sheaf of corn with a sickle and branch of oak leaves with acorns. The first we have seen of this design. The backplate has an eye for hanging and all has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

4.5" x 3" x 1.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 135.00


Brass Letter Clip LC54



Brass Letter Clip LC52
Brass Letter Clip LC52
Original, quality late 19th century brass letter clip mounted on the original honey coloured oak backboard. The brass clip is embossed with roses and leaves and is in the old unpolished finish. Complete and in good and working order.

Backboard 4.75" x 3" x 0.5".

Total 1.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 115.00


Brass Letter Clip LC51
Original, quality 19th century brass letter clip in the old unpolished finish. This example has a ring to the top for hanging, a backplate decorated with acanthus leaves, a steel spring and a front clip section embossed with the Royal Coat of Arms and the maker's details "Merry Phipson & Parker", "Reg. Oct 3rd 1843" and "No 24". All is complete and in good and working order.

5" x 2".

1.75" front to back.

 
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Price: 115.00


Brass Letter Clip LC51



Brass and Tin Letter Clip LC49
Brass and Tin Letter Clip LC49
Original, quality 1920's pressed brass letter clip in the form of a Lady's hand with a frilled cuff on an embossed tin backplate and appears unused. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

5.25" tall x 2.5".

1.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 85.00


Perry Brass Letter Clip LC48
Original, quality circa 1900, pressed brass letter clip with a hanging ring to the backplate and an embossed design of a horseshoe with a jockey's hat on top to the front. Detailed for the maker "Perry & Co London". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

4" tall, 2.25" widest.

1" front to back.

 
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Price: 115.00


Perry Brass Letter Clip LC48



Brass Letter Clip LC45
Brass Letter Clip LC45
Original, quality pressed brass letter clip circa 1900, with good embossed detail to the face with a seated lion, a galleon on the sea behind and a shield shaped coat of arms above. The backplate has a hanging ring, and all has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working with a good strong spring.

4.5" x 2.5" x 1.25" front to back.

 
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Price: 115.00


Horseshoe Letter Clip LC41
Original, quality, late 19th century letter clip in the form of a brass horseshoe, sprung mounted on a super rectangular shaped oak backboard. The tip of the horseshoe is impressed "FW & S" for the manufacturer. A good strong spring. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

Backboard 7" x 5.75".

Total 1.25".

 
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Price: 185.00


Horseshoe Letter Clip LC41



Cast Iron Letter Embosser LE11
Cast Iron Letter Embosser LE11
Original, quality cast iron letter embosser / company seal press, circa 1900. This example has a top press down lever and is decorated in the original gilt detail to the outer edges and in a floral decoration to the lever. The stamp, although it does make an impression, not clean to read but otherwise all is complete and in good and working order. Ideal for a bookends or doorstops.

6" tall.

6.5" x 3" base.

 
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Price: 45.00


Cast Iron Letter Embosser LE10
Original, quality cast iron letter embosser / company seal press circa 1900. This example has a top press down lever and is decorated in the original gilt detail to the outer edges and in a floral decoration to the lever. The stamp details "Town Mill Sawmill Ltd". Ideal for a bookends or doorstops and complete and in good and working order.

6.5" tall.

Base 6.5" x 3.25".

 
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Price: 45.00


Cast Iron Letter Embosser LE10



Brass Letter Opener LO26
Brass Letter Opener LO26
Original, quality 1920's brass letter opener in the oriental style with embossed detail of fans and mirrors with faces to the handle / grip. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order. 12" x 1" x 0.25" front to back. 
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Price: 115.00


Castle Laundry Letter Opener LO25
Original, quality 1930's chromed letter opener impressed to the grip "Castle Laundry Ltd Bournemouth" and to the other both side a patent number and a registration number for the year 1933. Complete and in super condition.

9.25" x 0.75".

 
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Price: 38.00


Castle Laundry Letter Opener LO25



Lucas Letter Opener LO24
Lucas Letter Opener LO24
Original, quality 1930's / 40's chrome plated letter opener, in the form of a medieval sword with a circular medallion to the top of the 'Lucas' trade mark "a lion within a motorcycle wheel with a flaming torch above". Lucas were huge manufacturer of motor, motorcycle and cycle accessories and probably still are. These letter openers were promotional give aways perhaps. Complete and in good order.

6.75" x 1.75".

 
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Price: 125.00


Brass Letter Opener LO16
Original, quality 1920's brass letter opener in the oriental style, with engraved detail to the blade and embossed to the handle to both sides, with the mark of a god, with antlers on its head and with floral detail above. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order.

12" x 1.25" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 165.00


Brass Letter Opener LO16



WT&S Brass Letter Rack LR63
WT&S Brass Letter Rack LR63
Original, quality late 19th century brass on oak letter rack with two cast brass side panels both impressed "Letters" and a central brass mesh with a carry loop over, all mounted on a rectangular shaped oak plinth with four brass bun feet. The underside of the plinth is impressed with the sun logo and "WT&S" for the manufacturer 'William Tonks & Son of Birmingham' and also has the original shop price in code written in ink. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order.

6" tall.

Base 7" x 3.5".

 
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Price: 185.00


WT&S Brass on Oak Letter Rack LR62
Original, quality late 19th century brass letter rack with two brass mesh panels and a central tubular carry bar to the centre all on a rectangular shaped honey coloured oak plinth. The underside of the plinth is impressed with the sun logo and "WT&S" for the manufacturer 'William Tonks & Son of Birmingham'. The brass is polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

5" tall.

Base 6.25" x 3 1/8".

 
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Price: 115.00


WT&S Brass on Oak Letter Rack LR62



W. Tonks Brass Letter Rack LR61
W. Tonks Brass Letter Rack LR61
Original, quality 1920's brass letter rack on a simple oak plinth with two pierced side panels and a central carry handle. The underside is impressed with the sun logo and "WT&S" for the manufacturer 'William Tonks & Son of Birmingham'. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

4.75" tall.

Plinth 4.75" x 3.25".

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass Letter Rack LR60
Original, quality 1920's pressed and pierced brass letter rack with two pierced side panels each engraved "Letters" to the top, a central brass wired hanging loop and a plinth with a shaped outer edge. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

5.25" tall plus 5.5" x 3.25" base.

 
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Price: 115.00


Brass Letter Rack LR60



Brass on Oak Letter Rack LR58
Brass on Oak Letter Rack LR58
Original, quality late 19th century brass letter rack on the original honey coloured oak base on four brass ball feet. The letter section has tubluar rails with three interwoven brass mesh panels and the underside of the oak base is stamped "S. Hall" for the maker. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no exta cost and is complete and in good and working order.

5.75" tall.

Base 7" x 3.5".

 
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Price: 156.00


Wall Mounted Letter Rack LR56
Original, quality 1920's wall hanging brass on oak letter rack with three pierced brass panels with a shield device to each and a shaped honey coloured oak backboard with a hole to the top. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

Backboard 12" x 5.5".

 
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Price: 85.00


Wall Mounted Letter Rack LR56



Pair of Brass Letter Racks LR55
Pair of Brass Letter Racks LR55
Original, quality pair of mid 19th century brass three tier letter racks in the original unpolished green patinated finish. This superb pair has very detailed embossed designs of fuchsia flower and leaves to each tier and are mounted on rectangular bases with acanthus leaf borders. Some old repairs, some stamens missing from the lower flowers on rack and both the bases have been refilled with plaster of Paris as original. All is complete and in good order otherwise but no signs of a maker's details.

Base 3.5" x 2.5".

Total 7" tall.

 
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Price: 300.00


Brass Letter Rack LR47
Original, quality, late 19th century, pressed brass wall mounted letter rack on the original shaped, honey coloured oak backboard, with a brass ring for hanging. This larger than average letter rack has a shell form flanked by a pair of opposing mythical fish. The brass has been polished and lacquered and all is complete and in good order.

Backboard 7.75" x 5.5".

Total 2" front to back.

 
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Price: 135.00


Brass Letter Rack LR47



Brass Armadillo Inkwell IW104
Brass Armadillo Inkwell IW104
Original, quality late 19th century all cast brass inkstand in the realistic form of an armadillo. This example has a lift up hinged 'shell' to access the pair of original white ceramic ink pots ( one has a small chip ) and is mounted on a stepped rectangular plinth. All has been polished and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order.

3.5" tall x 7" x 2 3/8".

Plinth only 4.75" x 2 3/8".

 
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Price: 485.00


Silver Mounted Cut Glass Inkwell IW103
Original, quality 1920's silver mounted square cut glass inkwell with a hobnail cut to the underside and a silver hinged domed lid and collar. The collar and lid are both hallmarked silver with no dents or blemishes and the glass has no chips or cracks. Complete and in good and working order.

Total 3.25" tall.

Base 2.25" x 2.25".

 
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Price: 85.00


Silver Mounted Cut Glass Inkwell IW103



Inkwell Mounted Horse's Hoof IW102
Inkwell Mounted Horse's Hoof IW102
Original, quality 1920's horse's hoof with chromed mounts containing an inkwell to the top with a lift out glass liner and a nickel plated hinged lid engraved "Tretop", presumably the name of the horse. All has been polished and lacquered and apart from a small section of horn missing from the underside, all is complete and in good and working order.

3.5" tall x 5.5" front to back.

5.25" wide.

 
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Price: 85.00


Doulton Isobath Patent Inkwell IW101
Original, quality late 19th century stoneware "Isobath Patent" resevoir inkstand, manufactured by Doulton for The De La Rue Company and Introduced in 1888". This most unusual example has a lift off lid to reveal the floating valve and when a pen is dipped in the hopper to the front, the floating valve will allow an equal amount of ink to feed back into the hopper. Sadly there is a chip under the lid but otherwise all is complete and in good order. It is not marked for Doulton but the lid has several symbols representing the artist or potter.

5.75" tall x 3.75" wide.

5" front to back including hopper.

 
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Price: 250.00


Doulton Isobath Patent Inkwell IW101



Glass Inkwell IW97
Glass Inkwell IW97
Original, quality late 19th century shallow circular glass inkwell with a cast brass collar and hinged circular lid. The underside shows good wear marks and a polished pontil. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

4" diam x 1.25" tall.

 
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Price: 45.00


Moulded Glass Inkwell IW95
Original, quality 1920's moulded clear glass inkwell with a brass collar and hinge to the lid and a pen rest moulded in the front glass section. This hexagonal shaped inkwell is perfect with the brass polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

4" tall.

4 1/8" base diam.

 
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Price: 45.00


Moulded Glass Inkwell IW95



Benson Copper Inkstand IW94
Benson Copper Inkstand IW94
Original, quality circa 1880 / 1900 Art and Crafts design copper and brass inkwell designed by "W.A.S Benson" but not stamped to that effect. The base is in copper with curled over ends and the inkwell and lid are in brass with a ceramic ink pot within. The base of this inkstand is a miniature version of one of the tea trays designed by 'Benson'. A pretty and very usable inkwell by this sought after designer. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

4" tall x 8" x 3.5".

 
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Price: 185.00


WT&S Brass Inkwell IW93
Original, quality superb cast brass inkstand in the realistic form of a sundial on a pedestal on a paved area. The top sundial will flip over on a hinge to reveal the small replacement glass liner. The underside is impressed with the sun logo and "WT&S" for the manufacturer 'William Tonks & Son of Birmingham' and with the registration number for the year 1914. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. This is the first we have seen of this model.

9.5" x 5.5" front to back.

4.75" tall.

 
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Price: 185.00


WT&S Brass Inkwell IW93



Arts and Crafts Copper Inkwell IW92
Arts and Crafts Copper Inkwell IW92
Original, quality circa 1900, copper inkwell mounted on a pen tray, all in the Aesthetic Movement style with a hinged lid to the inkwell and three roseatte motifs in relief. The whole has a medieval feel and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. The unpolished underside has the logo for the manufacturer "Jesson Burket & Co of Birmingham" and the copper Ink has a small white / ceramic inkwell with a tiny chip, otherwise all is complete and in good and working order.

3" tall.

Width 8.25" x 6" front to back.

 
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Price: 300.00


Advertising Ceramic Inkwell IW90
Original, quality 1920's white ceramic inkwell to fit into the top of a school desk, but the first we have seen with a printed advert to the top. This example details "Gee Walker & Slaters Ltd. Derby. Desk". In super condition. Complete and in good and working order.

1.5" tall.

1.75" top diam.

 
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Price: 56.00


Advertising Ceramic Inkwell IW90



Sheffield Plated Inkstand IW86
Sheffield Plated Inkstand IW86
Original, quality mid to late 19th century Sheffield plated "Standish" with the original pair of cut glass inkwells. This super example has a highly pierced gallery on three sides all with a rope twist trim and stands on four fancy bracket feet. The inkwells also have a pierced frame for each to sit in and a matching hinged Sheffield plated cap. The upper surface of the tray has been engraved for a previous owner "M.H" and is bleeding through to copper in many areas. The underside is impressed with a rising sun maker's mark and "England". All is in great condition and complete.

12.5" x 8" plus 3.5" tall.

Each inkwell 2.5" x 2.5" plus 2.5" tall.

 
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Price: 230.00


Cut Glass Inkwell IW82
Original, quality late 19th century large square clear glass inkwell with a hobnail cut design to the underside, a brass hinge and collar to the lid and a facet cut glass lid. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. One minor chip to one corner otherwise complete and in good order.

3" square.

4" tall.

 
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Price: 65.00


Cut Glass Inkwell IW82



Large Pewter Inkwell IW80
Large Pewter Inkwell IW80
Original, quality late 18th or early 19th century large than average pewter inkwell with a flat circular base, a hinged circular lid and six pen holes for the dipping pens and quills. Some ink stains to the front and a super overall pewter colour. Complete and in good and working order.

Base 8.75" diam.

Inkwell 4.75" diam.

3.25" tall.

 
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Price: 65.00


Silver Plated Inkwell IW77
Original, quality 1920's silver plated on Brittania metal circular Inkstand (Standish) with a lift out cut glass Inkwell with a hinged silver plated lid. The circular stand has three winged sphinx a decoration and all stands on three bun feet. The underside is impressed "R. Broadhead and Co" and "283". No wear to the plating and all complete and in good and working order. Total 6.25" diam and 4.75" tall.  
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Price: 115.00


Silver Plated Inkwell IW77



Cut Glass Inkwell IW73
Cut Glass Inkwell IW73
Original, quality, late 19th century, square cut glass inkwell with a good hobnail decoration to the underside and hinged cap. The brass hinged collar has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good order. Base 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" and 3.5" tall.  
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Price: 56.00


Cut Glass Inkwell IW72
Original, quality, late 19th century, square cut glass inkwell with a good decoration and a hinged glass cap with brass mounts. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good order. Base 2.25" x 2.25" and 3.5" tall.  
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Price: 56.00


Cut Glass Inkwell IW72



Satin Glass Inkwell IW62
Satin Glass Inkwell IW62
Original, quality, late 19th century, square inkwell in diagonal ribbed, peach coloured satin glass, with the matching hinged lid and a clear glass lift out liner. The brass collar has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good order, with not a chip or crack in sight. A most unusual inkwell ready to use. 3.5" x 3.5" and 5" tall.  
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Price: 115.00


Brass and Glass Inkstand IW43
Original, quality, late 19th century, very decorative cast brass inkstand, with a screw on cut glass inkwell to the centre. The stand is of a clover leaf shape, with embossed decoration of leaves, stems and mythical beast heads and an acanthus leaf trim to the outer rim, all standing on three ball feet. The inkwell has a brass collar and hinge to the cut glass lid and apart from a few minor chips to the inside of the cap, all is complete and in good and working order. The underside has a maker's mark of "AFC" and all has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. A most unusual example. 8.5" widest x 4.75" tall including inkwell.  
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Price: 85.00


Brass and Glass Inkstand IW43



Trench Art Brass Letter Opener M120
Trench Art Brass Letter Opener M120
Original, quality brass letter opener in the form of a scimitar sword, fashioned from a First World War military scraps with a bullet case for the handle. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

8.5" x 1.25" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 56.00


Trench Art Brass Letter Opener M107
Original, quality brass letter opener in the form of a scimitar sword, fashioned from First World War military scraps with a bullet case for the handle with a crown plaque applied and a fretted out curved blade, punch engraved "Alsace". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

8.25" x 1.25" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 65.00


Trench Art Brass Letter Opener M107



Trench Art Brass Letter Opener, 6 matching available M103
Trench Art Brass Letter Opener, 6 matching available M103
Original, quality First World War "trench art" decorated letter openers, fashioned using 3mm bullets and scrap brass to fashion the scimitar shaped blade. The blade is punch engraved "Souvenir" to one side and some initials to the other and all are mounted with a Royal Engineers brass button to the end of the grip. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good order.

7.5" x 1" 0.5".

Price is for each.

 
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Price: 56.00


Glass Rolling Ruler, 2 available R51
Original, quality 1920's clear glass tube, acid etched to one side "Use Moncrieffs Inks". This 12" long tube was a rolling ruler used with dip pens to draw horizontal lines. This is the first we have seen and all is complete and in good order.

12" x 0.75" diam.

Price is for each.

 
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Price: 65.00


Glass Rolling Ruler, 2 available R51



Cedar Rolling ruler with Pencil and Easer R36
Cedar Rolling ruler with Pencil and Easer R36
Original, quality, circa 1900, cedar rolling ruler, with a concealed pencil to one end and earaser to the other. Manufactered by 'Hogarth and Hayes, of Keswick' and engraved "Ellen Eaton", persumably for the previous owner. Complete and in good and working order.

12.25" long x 1.2" widest diameter.

Pencil 7" long with ferrule.

Eraser 2" long with ferrule.

 
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Price: 85.00


2 Piece Ceramic Stamp or Envelope Lick SB8
Original, quality 1920's two piece white ceramic stamp / envelope lick of large proportions "office size". This clean example is transfer printed to the front to the maker "Terston Series" with a crown and "Made in England" and with the registration number for the year 1929. Complete and in good and working order.

Water tray base 4.5" x 3".

Total 5" long.

2.5" tall.

 
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Price: 85.00


2 Piece Ceramic Stamp or Envelope Lick SB8



Trench Art Letter Opener SC250
Trench Art Letter Opener SC250
Original, quality First World War brass bullet case, 'trench art' fashioned into a letter opener with a scimitar sword shaped brass blade. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good order.

7.5" x 2" x 0.5".

 
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Price: 65.00


Glazed Stoneware Ink Bottle SJ239
Original, quality late 19th century dark treacle glazed stoneware ink bottle with a pinched pouring lip to the top and impressed to the base for the manufacturer "Stiff Lambeth". Complete and in good order.

10.25" x 4.25" diam.

 
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Price: 36.00


Glazed Stoneware Ink Bottle SJ239



Olivewood Page Turner T34
Olivewood Page Turner T34
Original, quality 1920's small sized, page turner in Olivewood with painted decoration with a swallow in flight and "San Remo" and "Ricorod". Complete and in good and working order.

11.25" x 1.75".

 
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Price: 45.00

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