Meriden Britannia Company (1852-1898). <em>Inkwell and Liner</em>, ca. 1886. Silver-plate on white metal, 4 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (10.2 x 16.5 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1990.158a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.158_bw.jpg)

Inkwell and Liner

Artist:Meriden Britannia Company

Medium: Silver-plate on white metal

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1886

Dimensions: 4 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (10.2 x 16.5 x 8.3 cm)


Museum Location: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

Accession Number: 1990.158a-b

Image: 1990.158_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Inkwell (a) and liner (b) realistically modeled as head of an elephant with projecting tusks and curved trunk; hinged lid corresponds to head trapping of elephant and has a realistically modeled figure of a monkey playing a flute as finial. Inside lid is simple cylindrical liner (b) with flaring, out-turned rim; liner fits into circular socket under lid. CONDITION: Normal wear with slight corrosion but very good; inkwell retains traces of original oxidized surface. Liner is worn and corroded in interior.

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