- Rare brass lobster pen wipe.
7"L x 5"W (across legs and claws). Our research indicates
that it is probably English, but may have been made also for
the American market. The head lifts up, as shown, to allow insertion
of the nib of the traditional 19th century dip pen to clean the
excess ink off with natural bristles located in the recessed
area. The bristles, probably from a hog, are hard to see in the
photograph, but they are still intact and in good condition.
Circa 1880. There is some minor tarnish and oxidation, but it
is in very good condition overall. Not many people use dip pens
anymore, but it displays beautifully and would make a fine paperweight.
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