The ink well is beautifully inscribed with Arabic proverb and well wishes to glorify the owner of the inkwell, this type of praises or proverb can usually be found in early Islamic metalwork.
زاد الله دولة صاحب المحبرة وعمره وقدره وبارك في عياله وأنال قصده
May God Increase the State, lifespan and the Value of the owner of the Inkwell, Bless his Family and fulfil his Purpose.
عمل الحاجي عبد الله في سنة ١ ١٣٣
Translating to Amali (The Work of) Hajji Abdullah and Dated 1331 AH. = 1912 AD.