Victorian silver inkwell

Victorian silver inkwell

£350

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Reference

5069

A round, cut-glass inkwell with silver hinged lid on a simple round base plate.

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 65 mm / 2 1316"
Diameter 112 mm / 4 516"
Weight 74 g (2.38 troy ozs)
Year

1900

Place

London

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