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Antique Ransome’s Patent Inkwell

Antique Ransome’s Patent Inkwell

The Ransome’s Patent travel inkwell flat packs to a relatively small size. To use it you push where indicated on the metal body and slide the inkwell on its mahogany frame until it locks at a right angle. The lid is opened by depressing a flush button to the inkwell to reveal a small glass well.  The inkwell is stamped ‘De La Rue & Co.’. The company was formed in Guernsey in 1813 by Thomas De La Rue before he moved to London in 1821 to set up as a printer, stationer and fancy goods manufacturer. The business was a great success and innovative. By the middle of the 19th century they were producing both fiscal and postage stamps for the government before moving into the printing of money. The company is still in existence. The inkwell is a great space saver as well as being a practical design. The Army & Navy store advertised the inkwell in various sizes. The antique period is late 19th Century.

Folded size is given.

Height: 0.5 ins (1.27 cm)
Width: 2 ins (5.08 cm)
Depth: 2.25 ins (5.72 cm)
Ref. 80369 SOLD
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