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Q: Our grandmother left us an inkstand that has been in the family for more than 80 years. It’s in the shape of a stag’s head with long antlers that form a pen rest. The words “Niagara Falls” are on the top of the stag’s head. A pressed glass inkwell sits right behind the head on a base that looks like a pile of leaves and acorns. The antlers are 5 1/2 inches high, and the inkstand is about 6 by 4 1/2 inches. What can you tell us?

A: Your inkstand is a well-known American design that dates from the early 1900s. We have seen it without any notation on the stag’s head, but it was probably sold as a souvenir at many tourist sites. The head, base and antlers have been made in various colors and metals. Your inkstand, depending on its condition, could sell for more than $100.


 


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