Crystal Inkwell with Goliath size pocket watch
Hobnail cut base to square, clear crystal inkwell fitted with a sterling silver lift up top, affording access via a twist of lid to a Goliath size pocket watch with stem wind and set; white enamel dial with Roman numerals; small seconds sub dial at six.
Crystal cube 110mm high over the lid x 100 x 100; diameter of Goliath watch 66.2mm, diameter of standard pocket watch 50mm.
Hallmarked J G & S for John Grinsell & Sons [1871 – 1905], Birmingham 1903; J.G & S a business established in Birmingham before 1864 as Grinsell & Bourne. When the partnership was dissolved in 1871 John Grinsell started a new business with his sons at Victoria Works, 57 Tower Street, St. George’s, Birmingham. The firm had showrooms at 13 Charterhouse Street, Holborn Circus, London and 73 West Nile Street, Glasgow. In about 1905 the firm was converted into a limited company and operated until about 1920 when it was taken over by Baker Ellis & Co Ltd. All this time J G & S specialized in the making of silver mounted glass and stoneware items as the object presented here.