Antique two-bottle silver inkstand

Antique two-bottle silver inkstand

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This very pretty Edwardian inkstand has delicately pierced sides and a seashell, scroll and gadroon border and is in excellent condition. Its original cut-glass bottles are both fitted with fully hallmarked silver mounts and lids with similar gadroon decoration.

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.


Width 265 mm / 10 "
Depth 105 mm / 4 "
Weight 241 g (7.75 troy ozs)