I’m looking to restore a family heirloom. It’s an inkwell which was presented to my great grandfather, and has an inscription. It’s by Elkington & Co.
It’s a silver ink well with two glass bulbs. These are set into silver bases, and have a silver lid on top. The bulbs are then set into a silver stand for a desk set.
One bulb is largely intact, but broken from its base. The other is completely broken, with a large portion missing. The bulbs are etched or engraved with a pattern. The glass portion is about 3 inches tall, and just over 2 inches at the widest diameter of the bulb. The silver needs a good clean.
What value would you put on the item? As a family heirloom, it obviously has more than monetary value and we’re not looking to sell it. It would, however, be useful to have a rough guide to value.
Please find attached some photographs of the inkwell.
I would appreciate any assistance you might be able to provide.
David J. B. Hollis