American sterling silver inkwell having a large, cut glass insert by Gorham Silversmiths, date marked for 1890.
This visually stunning and extraordinary inkwell carries the mark Gorham used for samples, exhibition work and items made for use by Gorham. As the pattern number 3480 within an oval is preceded by an S, it is likely that this inkwell is a sample.
Carpenter had the special order and sample, exhibition mark forms reversed. The rectangle was used for special orders.
This special inkwell has a large, very well fitted cut glass insert that is removable when the base is unscrewed.
The overall Art Nouveau Chrysanthemum decorations are extremely well detailed and done in high relief.
The large, hinged lid has conforming floral decorations, a pointed domed finial and a beaded border, opening and closing properly and having a clean, tight hinge.
With a silver weight of 196 grams or 6.3 ozs. Troy and a total weight of 389 grams or 12.5 ozs. troy, this desirable and likely one-of-a-kind inkwell is 4" tall and 3 3/8" in diameter.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no monograms, removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.
It would seem that we could not stop taking pictures of this special inkwell. It is a good thing that we ran out of film :-)