For sale is a lovely inkwell made by Tiffany Studios of New York, New York. The inkwell is done in the "Pine Needle" desk set pattern. The patina on the metal is the most desirable green/brown with some reddish highlights. The stained glass is the mint or lighter green Favrile opalescent. The inkwell is the larger size as it stands 3 5/8" tall and is 4 1/4" square.
The inkwell displays an acid etched pine needle overlay pattern on light mint green opalescent Favrile stained glass. It has 2 rows of wonderful beading along the bottom and top. It sits on 4 bun style feet. This is the most desirable of the Pine Needle inkwells as it was considered the fanciest! The patina is extremely nice! When I purchased this piece, there was so much dirt you couldn't even see the green glass on the top. I used dish soap and water with a toothbrush and revealed one of the nicest patina's I have seen in quite some time on a Tiffany Favrile Pine Needle desk set item. It still retains its original clear glass insert.
The inkwell is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, or chips to any of the glass. The glass insert is also in very good condition with only minor flea nicks along the top lip entering the well. There appears to be some ink stain just under the inside top lip of the insert. The hinge is in excellent condition as the cover opens and closes with ease. The inkwell is signed on the bottom with the early very small font "Tiffany Studios New York" impressed mark. The clear inkwell insert is also signed with "The Davis New York" "Pat Mar19 Oct 22 89" "Feb 14 93 Jun 7 98". Tiffany Studios did not make the inserts to these inkwells as he purchased them from this company.
This is a very early inkwell based on no pattern number. I believe the Pine Needle pattern to have been the first of the Fancy Goods product lines made at Tiffany Studios. Those of you who are looking for an excellent example of this inkwell in the Pine Needle pattern will be delighted with their purchase.
Tiffany started numbering his desk set pieces usually with a 3 digit number after 1902. Since this piece has no pattern number and the font size of the impressed mark is very small it is considered the earliest. This inkwell is one of the earliest as it was made circa 1895-1898.