We are pleased to be able to offer this exemplary rare unusual. 1895 Hedgehog mounted Pen Wipe.
This is an extremely rare quality Victorian novelty pen wipe in the form of Cast Metal Hedgehog mounted on a Leather Base encompassing 4 Solid Silver Corners Hallmarked with the maker William Amaziah Ellwick and Assayed in Birmingham 1895. This would have once belonged to a wealthy Victorian Gentleman and sat pride of place on his Writing Desk and used daily to wipe the excess ink from his Dip Pen. This was a time many years ago when Letter Writing was the only form of Communication, if this could talk no doubt it would be able to enlighten us with many a fascinating story of the day. It is so very tactile and when handled oozes the sense of history and nostalgia its Breath taking.
The condition is Fair for its over 120 years of age there is some age related wear. Please Study The Photos Carefully As They Form An Integral Part Of The Description. An Unquestionably Exquisite And Fine Addition For Any Uncompromising Collector Or As A Display Piece. You Will Not Find Another Like It On The Market.
10.5cm x 7.5 cm. We welcome customers from the UK and across the globe. We are regularly adding interesting and quality new items and would be really happy if you could. We hope to do business together soon.Thank-you for reading and have a very good day. To keep up to date on our new listings. View Our Other Items For Sale. To browse our currently available items. In the early years of letter writing, before the ballpoint pen and fountain pen, writers used quills or dip pens which were dipped into an inkwell for use.
Since this operation tended to result in messy drips, pen wipes were developed and came into widespread use along with the steel nib pens produced in Birmingham England in the very early nineteenth century. Thankfully, our letter-writing ancestors were not content to simply use a scrap of fabric to clean their pens. Pen wipes were made in countless ingenious forms, from hand-sewn discs of cloth with embroidered embellishments, to fine figurative sterling silver examples.
Usually measuring no more than 3 inches across, they make helpful and alluring writing mascots. Even today, a carefully chosen pen wipe can be a charming and functional addition to a handsome desk. I favour fountain pens for my correspondence, and have found that not only are my little pen wipes enjoyable to use, but they've become something of a record of the coloured ink experiments that accompany my letter writing, like a well-used artist's palette. The next time you find yourself scribbling on a scrap of paper to get the ink in your pen flowing, perhaps you'll be inspired by these stylish and functional objects produced by our very elegant predecessors. As William Morris said, Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
The item "ANTIQUE RARE VICTORIAN WILLIAM AMAZIAH ELLWICK 1895 HEDGEHOG MOUNTED PEN WIPE" is in sale since Sunday, August 11, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver". The seller is "times_gone_by" and is located in Lancaster. This item can be shipped worldwide.