Jesson, Birkett & Co copper inkwell


A large copper inkwell designed by Richard Llewellyn Rathbone and made by Jesson, Birkett & Co, circa 1905.

This inkwell is a well known Rathbone design and some were made with Rathbone’s own makers mark. This one though has been made by Jesson, Birkett & Co in around 1905. Rathbone sold many of his designs for cabinet handles and inkwells to the Faulkner Bronze Co and Jesson, Birkett & Co between 1902 and 1905. 

The inkwell is typically on the large size and quite heavy with a hand planished finish all over. Copper rivets were frequently used in Rathbone’s Arts and Crafts designs and this inkwell is no exception.

The inkwell has the Jesson, Birkett & Co makers marks stamped on the underside along with the design number “676”.


Dimensions:   9 1/2″ long by 71/2″ wide by 4″ high

Condition:   Some variation in patina and multiple darker spots. No inkwell inside. Some minor dings to the bottom edge

Price:   £350