Antique silver inkstand

Antique silver inkstand

£950

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Reference

6423

Antique two-bottle silver inkstand with raised, bead edge border and an indentation for a pen. It is mounted on four Art Nouveau style legs. The original glass inkwells are fitted with silver mounts and lids.

In 16th century Europe writing was considered to be a lowly task, and the aristocracy and upper classes would employ the services of a scribe or scrivener to write on their behalf using a quill pen and ink.

From the 17th century onwards, as the gentry began to undertake writing themselves, inkwells and inkstands became an essential accessory in every upper-class household. Silver, often combined with glass or crystal, was the most popular material used for inkstands and as well as having a practical use, some became more imposing and elaborate, often turning into decorative pieces in their own right.

Dimensions:

Height 70 mm / 2 1316"
Width 260 mm / 10 316"
Depth 150 mm / 5 2932"
Weight 554 g (17.81 troy ozs)
Year

1915

Place

Sheffield

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