Inkwell and Liner
On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
Silver-plate on white metal
4 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (10.2 x 16.5 x 8.3 cm) (show scale)
On bottom in interlocking circles: "B.MERIDEN / COMPANY" surrounding scales and "QUADRUPLE PLATE; 37 / U.S.A."
H. Randolph Lever Fund
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Meriden Britannia Company (1852-1898). Inkwell and Liner, ca. 1886. Silver-plate on white metal, 4 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (10.2 x 16.5 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1990.158a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1990.158_bw.jpg)
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Inkwell (a) and liner (b) realistically modeled as head of an elephant with projecting tusks and curved trunk; hinged lid corresponds to head trapping of elephant and has a realistically modeled figure of a monkey playing a flute as finial. Inside lid is simple cylindrical liner (b) with flaring, out-turned rim; liner fits into circular socket under lid.
CONDITION: Normal wear with slight corrosion but very good; inkwell retains traces of original oxidized surface. Liner is worn and corroded in interior.
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