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    Default Vintage cast iron pen holder date?

    I bought this on vacation to Colorado and the lady said she did not know what it was and would I give her 10 bucks. I did and would like to know its history. I can not find a maker on it. Should I clean it or paint it?DSC06506.JPGDSC06507.JPGDSC06508.JPGDSC06509.JPG

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    Default Re: Vintage cast iron pen holder date?

    Mind you, this is ONLY a guess. I think it may be circa 1870 to latish 1880.

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    Thanks.

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    I did a picture search and this came up. I noticed the similar pattern in the boarder that looks like a rising sun or something like that. Here is a picture of a simliar ink stand with much the same crane. The suggested date is a good guess, but I have to add that this type of style live on well beyond WWI. You can sort of see the origins of many art deco paterns in the boarder there.

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    IMHO just clean it thoroughly, then do it again! The age patina it gives it the character, it's great.
    Actually I think it might be sometime perhaps in the 3rd decade of the last century. That sort of Art Deco decoration design only started around the 1920s-30's.
    Last edited by joolstacho; October 9th, 2021 at 06:31 PM.

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    Your inkwell reminds me of the one I'm using these days.....but I don't know how old it is. I would guess late 19th century.

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    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/609252655838624337/ This one has the same style and image of a bird on the front. single pot.

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    Default Re: Vintage cast iron pen holder date?

    My similar German inkwell set (have 30 singles and sets) , missing the glass inserts. I'd guess mine '1890's-1900 and or so. As hard as I try to buy those only with glass inserts, I've got to pile a good third of them into the trunk and drive to the Black Forest and find a glass blower who is more than just for tourists.


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