Hardback book with black boards in a good condition. Illustrated dust jacket in a fair condition with fading to spine, and a tear to the top spine which has been stuck with tape. Discoloration to the inside.
Marbled end papers. Fully illustrated in colour. Pages good condition.
Packed with over 1,000 photographs of inkwells and inkstands, circa 1750 to 1920, by makers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Including Tiffany, Wedgwood, Quimper, Staffordshire, Sandwich and Vaseline glass, majolica, art pottery, faience, milk glass, and Delft.
Examples made from porcelain, sterling silver, pewter, cast iron, brass, wood, and other natural materials, and some adorned with precious and semi-precious stones are featured as well, along with combination pieces appealing to collectors of paperweights, candle holders, and desk accessories.
With detailed descriptions, a historical perspective, tables on United States patents and designs, a price guide and an index, this book is a necessary source of information for collectors and dealers of writing instruments.