For sale is a very nice large inkwell made by Tiffany Studios of New York, New York. The inkwell is done in the "Abalone" pattern in Tiffany Studios fancy goods line. The patina on the metal is the very popular real gold patina with poly chrome highlights. The inkwell has some size as it measures 4" diagonal measurement, 3 5/8" from flat side to flat side and stands 3 1/8" tall.
The inkwell displays an octagonal or (8) sided shape. This inkwell has a raised relief Art Nouveau pattern that consists of grapes and leaves with real Abalone shell discs being used to represent the grapes. There are 8 of these Abalone set into each wide side and on the top lid. The narrow sides have more of an Arts and Crafts style pattern. The low relief is further accented in a red and green poly chrome, which adds beauty and depth to the piece. This is a rather hard to find desk set item in the Abalone Pattern when it has the Poly Chrome and is considered by the Abalone desk set collectors to be the best finish to collect in this Tiffany Studios desk set Fancy Goods line.
This inkwell is considered to be in very good to excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, or dings to any of the metal. The clear glass insert has a minor shallow ding. This is considered insignificant as it cannot be seen when displayed. This is also pictured. There is typical age wear to the red and green poly chrome. The hinged lid opens and closes with ease. This inkwell still retains all of its original Abalone discs. There is typical age wear to the real gold patina. This inkwell is properly signed on the bottom with the "Tiffany Studios New York" impressed mark along with the pattern number "1157" impressed just under it. There are also the numbers "3313" lightly etched above the shape number. This is more than likely the order number at the factory. I see these type numbers quite often. I have never found two of same items with the same numbers. They always seem to have different numbers.
Tiffany started using a 3 digit numbering system after 1902. Since this has a 4 digit number this inkwell was made circa 1905-1920. Those of you who are looking for an excellent example of this inkwell in the Abalone pattern with gold patina and poly chrome highlights will be delighted with their purchase.