For you I found an Antique Regal Art Nouveau Inkwell Set on Tray in Silver & Porcelain. This treasure comes from Portugal and is hand painted in blue by the famous Douro factory of the region Porto-Gaia. They continue to enrich the cultural heritage of past centuries, with this traditional pottery of the region, and are the largest in the entire country. The edging and feet of the porcelain tray are in 925 sterling silver with hallmarks. Also the hinged top of the inkwell is in pure 925 sterling silver. In one of the two depressions is an 835 silver calligraphy pen from Porto, Portugal. Again, this is available at my Zen Cart powered on line boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics.
Does any of you have antique or vintage inkwells or calligraphy pens?
Such a regal inkwell set with the Santo Tirso coat of arms hand painted on the tray.
Santo Tirso is a municipality northeast of Porto, Portugal with its famous 17th century São Bento monastery.
Beautiful 835 silver calligraphy pen with Porto, Portugal hallmarks.
Guess in the second depression once was a wax seal...? Would any of you know its original use?
Regal Inkwell set with Royal letterhead from the Maharaja Amarinder Singh of Patiala from Motibagh Palace, Patiala (Punjab), India.
Beautiful hand painting of the Santo Tirso, Portugal coat of arms and on the inkwell, all four sides are hand painted the same!
The lower right corner has flowers and leaves engraved. You also can see one of its feet.
This Inkwell Set is in near perfect condition and that for its age!
In Portuguese: CERÂMICA DO DOURO
PINTURA À MÃO
Ceramics of Douro - Portugal and hand painted
Very hard to capture with the glossy depression's edges.
The inside of the Inkwell, with its hinged cap open now.
The silver hallmarks under the hinged cap of the inkwell.
These are the 925 silver hallmarks, one with a letter A. It is on the edge of the tray and on the inkwell.
I did some research but other than information about the hallmark of Antonio Firmo da Costa, Lisbon, Portugal, circa 1800 by Christie's I could not find anything else... If anyone is knowledgeable about the above hallmark; please let me know!
These are the 835 silver hallmarks on the calligraphy pen.
The yellow marked hallmark is the lower one, from Porto, Portugal.
Lisbon, Portugal is the very same though...
Yes, its old original box is still with it. I doubt if it ever has been used...
The box shows signs of age but the inkwell set looks near perfect. Needs some polishing maybe.
Sorry Sold out...
So tell me what you got from your parents or grand parents...
I do have some privately owned inkwells as well.