Inkwell and Lid

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Object Name: 
Inkwell and Lid
Accession Number: 
96.4.185 F
Overall H: 5.5 cm, Diam: 7.6 cm; (a) Inkwell H: 3.7 cm, Diam: 7.6 cm; (b) Inkwell Lid H: 2.5 cm, Diam: 5.4 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Production of fanciful desk accessories coincided with a flourishing culture of letter writing. The elegance of handwriting and the objects used became important indicators of character and social status. This matching set includes an inkwell, stamp boxes, pen tray, letter rack, and blotter, all to keep the furniture neat and tidy from ink stains.
From the Cutter's Wheel, Source
Acid stamped (a) bottom of base
Primary Description: 
Inkwell and Lid. Colorless lead glass; blown, cut, engraved. Circular squat well cut with closely-spaced vertical lines and C-scrolls, top rim and base ground and polished flat, polished pontil mark on base, acid-stamped "HAWKES", circular hollow lid cut with a frame of fine diamonds around a circle engraved with a crossed torch, bow and quiver, a helmet and flowers, and ribbons, rim which fits over rim of well, cut and polished.
Recent Important Acquisitions, 39 (1997) illustrated, pp. 182-183, #48; BIB# AI5243
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1996 (1997) illustrated, p. 12, p. 17; BIB# AI95179