Small Antique, Edwardian Campanile Capstan inkwell in Silver


Campanile (Bell shaped) Capstan inkwell in Sterling silver

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Another of our items which stretches its fingers into a wide collector’s market with this campanile capstan inkwell in silver. We have seen many of these items in various sizes and all by the same silversmith – which kind of indicates that these inkwells were a speciality for the manufactory. It is, as the name suggests, a small bell shaped inkwell but very much part of the capstan category. A steep curve leading to hinged lid with open rhomboid handle. Weighted base covered in black leatherette and a small glass insert to take the ink.

The hallmarks are a little worn but still readable showing a Birmingham assay mark for 1908 and the maker’s mark for Arthur and John Zimmerman. The base has a ridged or stepped aspect leading to a smooth, if steep, taper towards the top. The lid is slightly domed to create the full bell effect. This is a pleasing novelty in the vast catalogue of desktop collectables and may be just the thing to finish off a collection.


This Edwardian piece of silverware comes in good condition for its age. There are (almost as expected) some very small areas of knocking to the silver but it is not torn or severely dented/mis-shapen. The glass insert is intact and clean and the base covering intact.


  • 2.2 inches (6 cm) tall
  • 2.2 inches (6 cm) base diameter

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