G. L Connell silver inkwell
A silver inkwell made by A E Jones for George Lawrence Connell in 1911.
The silver inkwell has a hand planished finish all over. The base sits on six ball feet and the central section is riveted to the base, A hemispherical lid is hinged to the central section. The base is fully hallmarked for G. L. Connell, Birmingham, 1911. The lid is also separately hallmarked.
It is well documented that A E Jones made pieces for other makers and retailers. A E Jones Ltd was very much a commercial venture. This piece was almost certainly made by A E Jones Ltd and is an adaptation of an earlier design by Richard Llewellyn Rathbone. The convoluted story about how a design by Rathbone was taken on and used by Jesson, Birkett & Co plus A E Jones Ltd can be found in the News section, link below:
Dimensions: 6″ at widest diameter and just under 4″ high
Weight: Approximately 250 grams
Condition: Good. One very very small ding on the lid which is hardly noticeable