WWI CEF Ross Rifle Trench Art Ink Well Stand
WWI CEF Ross Rifle Trench Art Ink Well Stand - Fabricated from the wooden butt of a Ross Rifle, severed at the point where the butt narrows, then rises and forms the remaining body of the rifle. The butt maintains its original metal butt plate and hardware at the end and metal shoulder strap loop on top, both of which are magnetic. The upper side has a bronze General Service cap badge and a CANADA shoulder title affixed, flanking a 45 mm x 45 mm area carved out of the wood, in order to house the glass ink well. The ink well has a glass top and base, hinged together with brass fixtures at the neck. Below the ink well is a 24 mm x 202 mm capsule-shaped channel carved along the bottom edge for the holding of a fountain pen. It is hand-chiseled on the severed end with a beautiful, angled maple leaf insignia. The bottom side has three bullets embedded into the wood, two at the wide end, one at the narrow end, which act as raised supports for the butt, for placement upon a desk. It exhibits a nice aged-look, the fountain pen channel and severed end blending in well with the overall traditional look of the butt, with one small nick to the right of the channel. A terrific WWI collectible, extremely fine.