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    Default Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    I posted in the Parker forum a few days ago about a pen I was gifted a long time ago, and I thought that some of you might be interested to see the rest of my grandad's "home office" paraphernalia and equipment. They are all made of black marble with golden veins, and there is a rocker blotter, a letter stand, a combined inkwell and elephant statue (!), a letter opener and what I think is a wax seal stamp, but it's just flat on the stamp end with no crest or anything. There are absolutely no dates, company insignias or other identifying marks on the items. I think that my grandad might have made them himself, except for the bronze elephant. It's likely they were purchased, or made at the end of the 1940s.

    I've collected a heap of photos of the stuff in a Google Photos album, if you are interested!

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/NtoVqLzJJG1eqzjc9

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    Default Re: Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    Lucky you. Love that rocker blotter and the rest of that desk set.
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    Default Re: Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    Great, gorgeous set! Thanks for sharing
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    Default Re: Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    Stunning and exceedingly classy. Thank you for sharing!

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    Thank you all! I am still thinking about how to best put it to use. I do need to get my Parker Vacumatic fixed as the first step, though.

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    Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

    Clearly you need that new Visconti black marble pen I've seen advertised!

    https://www.gouletpens.com/products/...33119398264875

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    Default Re: Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    That is a stunning pen, but unfortunately a bit of my league... 😄

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    Default Re: Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    Wow, a marble handle - I hadn't heard that one!

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    Default Re: Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    Seeing I'm not you, I can't see your photographs.
    German Marble single and double ink well sets. The other material ones will be done later.
    I'd guess most of them to be after 1900...some in the 20's in Bauhaus style.
    It is a problem sometimes what is Bauhaus, what is Art Decco.
    Missing glass inserts...got to drive down to the Black Forest to a glass blowing factory someday. 1/3 of my 30 single and double inkwell sets are missing glass inserts.

    Only close with the letter opener and wax stamp.




    with letter weight


    and letter holder and stamp.



    may have shown this

    Definitely Bauhaus



    That's about all of my marble inkwells.
    Have others.
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    Default Re: Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    Quote Originally Posted by BoBo Olson View Post
    ...Missing glass inserts....
    See: https://www.pentooling.com/victorian.html and scroll halfway down the page.
    Also: https://www.ebay.com/itm/WHITE-Ceram...-/112396427327

    I used to know the source, but I cannot recall.

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    Default Re: Black marble set of tools from my grandad

    Thanks a lot.....

    They show a traveler's ink well, I have one.
    And I have pictures of another that the auction house screwed up my pre-bid.....will show if asked.



    They are what I call stagecoach proof. Thank you very much for the first link. I'm writing a western saga....city slicker style...where all the crooks, crooked gamblers, crooked politicians gang up on the innocent fools ....opera (after all how can you have a western with out opera when three of the top ten female singer in the world were American & every 4 house town had an opera house....three horse towns had a variety theater where they also did opera.) ), ink wells and dip pens....and the propelling pencils and vet pocket expanding dip pens will help.

    I think the Ebay link will be of most help....in US mail will near double the cost of what ever I order from there.

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