This the coolest Black Forest Inkwell that I have ever found. I assume it is from Payerbach, Austria as "Payerbach" is carved into it. As most BF inkwells are of Birds and leaves this Snail one is rare. BF pieces are typically centered on animals and plants, most notably bears, deer, rabbits, mountain goats, wolves and realistic tree branches, twigs and flowers and other natural motifs. ..but snails? Way cool. Anyway...I love that feeling when you find something fantastic!