Wonderful old copper ink box circa late 19th/early 20th. This has a lovely natural mottled patina which would clean up well with fine steel wool or possibly Brasso. Personally I like the original patina. This is hallmarked and has 295 characters (more or less) incised on the lid, and is copied from The Lantingji Xu , "Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion") or Lanting Xu. This is a piece of Chinese calligraphy work generally considered to be written by the well-known calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303? – 361?) from the East Jin Dynasty (317 – 420). (courtesy of Wikipedia).
The interior is lined with some heavy material possibly pewter or lead. It’s all covered in ink and I can tell what I it is. Excellent condition- no dings or dents. D: 9.5cm/3.7in and H: 4cm/1.6in.