For sale is a lovely inkwell made by Tiffany Studios of New York, New York. The inkwell is done in the "Pine Needle" desk set pattern. The patina on the metal is the most desirable green/brown with some reddish highlights. The stained glass is the mint or lighter green Favrile opalescent. The inkwell is the larger size as it stands 3 5/8" tall and is 4 1/8" square.
The inkwell displays an acid etched pine needle overlay pattern on light mint green opalescent Favrile stained glass. This filigree is an early version of this pine needle pattern. It has 2 rows of wonderful beading along the bottom and top. It sits on 4 round feet. This is the most desirable of the Pine Needle inkwells as it was considered the fanciest! The patina is extremely nice! It still retains its original clear glass insert.
The inkwell is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, or chips to any of the glass. The glass insert is also in very good condition with only a tiny flea nick to the top edge on the clear inkwell. There is a minor dent in the metal on the front side top border at about 7:00. It also has some minor ink stains from use in this same area. The hinge is in excellent condition as the cover opens and closes with ease. The inkwell has a polished counter sunk pontil. Tiffany Studios did not make the inserts to these inkwells as he purchased them The Davis Company of New York, NY.
The inkwell is signed with the micro signature impressed mark that reads "Tiffany Studios New York" along with the model or shape number "136". This is a very early inkwell based on the pattern number and signature mark. I believe the Pine Needle pattern to have been the first of the Fancy Goods product lines made at Tiffany Studios. Those of you who are looking for an excellent example of this inkwell in the Pine Needle pattern will be delighted with their purchase.
Tiffany started numbering his desk set pieces usually with a 3 digit number after 1902. Since this piece has a 3 digit number and the font size of the impressed mark is very small it is considered early. This inkwell was made circa 1902-1905.