Antique Edwardian Portable Inkwell


Portable ink well from the Edwardian age

1 in stock


Not a particularly rare item, but still a sweet little collectable in the form of this portable inkwell. The Edwardian society types loved their travel and as such fully endorsed the idea of postcards home; this little accessory was the perfect thing for stowing in one’s writing box as it protected the ink from spillage but was compact and light. It forms a sort of oblate cylinder having a hinged lid, side clip to close firmly and a hidden push button mechanism to open.

The case is leather – dark blue to match the ink inside? – and marked withe the word “ink” in gilt capitals on the top. Inside is a glass bottle – secure but replaceable in case of damage. The underside of the lid is painted with green enamel paint and has a fixed cork bung for the bottle. Very carefully designed and beautifully made and a nice addition to a collection of Edwardian novelties or desk/office paraphernalia.


This piece has been well used (imagine the places it must have seen) so has one or two minor areas of damage – a small scar in the leather to the back of the item and some of the enamel paint has flaked off inside the lid. However, glass, hinge and clasp are all in perfect working order.


  • 1.75 inch (4.75 cm) tall
  • 1.8 inch (4.9 cm) wide
  • 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep
  • the hook is 1 inch (2.5 cm)


Parcel A – £8.50

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