This fine antique Edwardian sterling silver capstan inkwell has a plain circular capstan* form.
The surface of this unusual capstan inkwell is plain and unembellished.
This antique inkwell is fitted with a hallmarked hinged cover incorporating an impressive tortoiseshell panel ornamented with unusual piqué work depicting the White Star liner 'Pittsburg'**.
The base is weighted as to be expected and retains the original leatherette to the underside.
* A capstan is a revolving waisted cylindrical component of nautical machinery used to wind rope and/or cables.
** The Pittsburgh was built in Belfast in 1913 and didn't start service till 1922 where her main voyages were between Liverpool and Boston. In 1926 she was renamed and refitted as the Red Star liner 'Pennland' used for troop transport. She sank in 1941 during a German air raid.
Maker: Collett & Anderson