Salt glaze inkwell in the form of Souter Johnnie, the character made famous in the Robert Burns poem – Tam O’Shanter (1790). Souter Johnnie was Tam’s drinking buddy. A “souter” is a cobbler/shoemaker. These little inkwells date to the late 1800’s.
This one is in excellent condition with one tiny nick out of the pen rest hole. No other damage.