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Inkstands & Desk Items

Inkstands and Inkwells
The inkstand did not enter into common household use until the 18th century. Earlier 17th century examples exist but are exceedingly rare. The main requirement was a container for ink and another for sand (or pounce) which was used for drying the ink. Also required was a space to put quills. Some inkstands also incorporated a taper stick for melting sealing wax or even a bell.

Desk Accessories, Bells, Pens, Letter Openers, Seals
Desk accessories form a wide and interesting collecting field and they make an excellent gentleman’s gift. It’s thought that the first handwritten letter was written, probably on canvas, by a Persian queen in around 500BC. Letters were vital for basic communication, both personal and formal, and the format was strictly governed by basic rules of etiquette. The equipment required to write a simple letter was quite extensive including paper, envelope, pen, ink, blotter, stamps. Once written the letter or scroll needed to be sealed using a candle wax kit. Letter openers are a useful gift

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Inkstands & Desk Items

Inkstands and Inkwells
The inkstand did not enter into common household use until the 18th century. Earlier 17th century examples exist but are exceedingly rare. The main requirement was a container for ink and another for sand (or pounce) which was used for drying the ink. Also required was a space to put quills. Some inkstands also incorporated a taper stick for melting sealing wax or even a bell.

Desk Accessories, Bells, Pens, Letter Openers, Seals
Desk accessories form a wide and interesting collecting field and they make an excellent gentleman’s gift. It’s thought that the first handwritten letter was written, probably on canvas, by a Persian queen in around 500BC. Letters were vital for basic communication, both personal and formal, and the format was strictly governed by basic rules of etiquette. The equipment required to write a simple letter was quite extensive including paper, envelope, pen, ink, blotter, stamps. Once written the letter or scroll needed to be sealed using a candle wax kit. Letter openers are a useful gift

  • 1701

    Thomas Brydon

    10371 William III Silver Snuffer Scissors

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    A rare early English silver candle douter, also called a wick trimmer, with the simple plain style typical of the period. *Britannia standard silver. Weight 94 grams, 3 troy ounces. Length 15.9cm. Width 5.5cm. London 1701. Few snuffers were made prior to 1700. Maker Thomas Brydon, see Jackson’s Silver & Gold Marks page 154, a known snuffers and stand maker.

  • 1701 - 1720

    David Greene

    10384 George I Antique Silver Bell

    Reserved

    A rare early English silver hand bell from the early 1700’s. Lovely plain style with concentric bands around the centre and bottom rim. Heavy cast silver. Weight 207g, 6.6 troy oz. Height 13.3cm. Diameter 6.7cm. Owner’s initials “MP” engraved to the top of the handle. London circa 1701-1720. Maker David Green. Britannia Standard silver, 95.8% purity.

  • 1712

    Joseph Bird

    10232 Queen Anne Antique Silver Tapersticks

    £5,850

    A rare pair of dainty little antique silver tapersticks with the desirable octagonal shape. Superb quality. Lovely crisp finish. The straight lined form features a faceted sconce and foot and a plain knopped tapering stem. Total weight 200 grams, 6.4 troy ounces. Height 12cm. Base diameter 7.1cm. London 1712. Maker Joseph Bird. Britannia standard silver. 18th century.

  • Circa 1720

    Paul de Lamerie

    10174 George II Antique Silver Bell

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    An excellent quality silver hand bell by the sought after Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie. Good plain style with concentric bands around the centre and bottom rim. Heavy cast silver. Weight 226 grams, 7.2 troy ounces. Height 10.2cm. Diameter 6.7cm. London circa 1720. Maker Paul de Lamerie. Britannia Standard silver, 95.8% purity.

  • 1724

    John Bache

    10302 George I Antique Silver Tapersticks

    £3,350

    A delightful pair of little antique silver taper sticks with the plain hexagonal design typical of the early 1700’s. Cast silver. Total weight 235 grams, 7.5 troy ounces. Height 11.4cm. Base measures 7 x 8cm. London 1724. Maker John Bache. Britannia standard silver – 95.8% purity*. 18th century.

  • 1725

    Matthew Cooper

    10334 George I Antique Silver Snuffer Set

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    A very rare all-matching 4 piece silver desk set. It is extremely unusual to find a complete set of this early date. The suite consists of silver candlesticks, silver snuffer tray and silver snuffer scissors. All with a matching hand engraved boar crest. Lovely plain style in keeping with the period. Cast candlesticks – the square shaped bases with incuse corners. Weight 785g, 25.2 troy oz. Height 15.4cm. Base 10.4cm. Snuffer stand – of square shaped form with incuse corners, raised on four ball feet. Weight 156g, 5 troy oz. Length 15.5 x 7.6cm. Candle snuffer scissors – the simple open and shut mechanism retains the original steel cutting plates. Weight 62g, 2 troy oz. Length 12.2cm. London 1725. Maker Matthew Cooper I. Sterling silver.

  • 1725

    John Eckford

    10366 George II Antique Silver Taperstick

    £895

    A pretty little antique silver taperstick with knopped stem and shaped rectangular base. Nice plain style. Hand engraved initials “ERB” in old fashioned script to the foot. Cast silver. Weight 154 grams, 4.9 troy oz. Height 10.5cm. Diameter of base 6.7cm. London 1725. Maker John Eckford. Sterling silver.

  • 1726

    John Edwards II

    10243 George I Antique Silver Inkstand

    £6,950

    A rare early English silver standish of plain rectangular design raised on large scroll feet. Sterling silver. Mounted on top are two circular containers for ink and sand. Excellent weight 999 grams, 32.1 troy ounces. Base height 5 cms, length 28 cms, width 19.5 cms. Ink bottle height, 5 cms, diameter 5.75 cms. London 1726. Maker John Edwards.

  • 1730

    John Bache

    10363 George II Antique Silver Taperstick

    £1,050

    A delightful little antique silver taper stick of plain early design with baluster stem and square octagonal foot with a sunken well. Nice plain style and straight lines. Cast silver. Hand engraved within the well is a “hand” crest. Weight 94g, 3.0 troy oz. Height 10.5cm. Base diameter 6.5cm. London 1730. Maker John Bache. Sterling silver. This taperstick would make a good pair with #10360 (minor differences).

  • 1733

    Edward Vincent

    9695 George II Silver Box

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    A rare antique silver box of hexagonal form with a folding strapwork catch; the hinged lid having a large drop handle supported by ball finials. Of plain form and heavy gauge silver, this unusual box is extremely heavy. The interior pull out tray has two hinged lids enclosing six compartments. Possibly a spice box, although spice boxes of this period usually had a double centrally hinged lid, could also be used for cash or jewellery. Weight 1268 grams, 40.7 troy ounces. Height 9.5cm. Top measures 17 x 12cm. London 1733. Maker Edward Vincent. Sterling silver.

  • 1765 - 1767

    Johann Jakob Adam

    10375 Antique Novelty Silver Bell Inkstand

    £6,750

    An unusual mid 18th century antique German inkstand modelled as 3 fruits sitting on vine leaf. It comprises a pomegranate inkwell and cover, an apple pounce pot, and the pear shaped bell acts as the cover of the nib box. Rising from the centre is a tall naturalistic cast silver taperstick with leafy drip pan. Excellent weight and quality modelling. Weight 819g, 26.3 troy oz. Height 15.2cm. Base 21.5cm x 19.5cm. Augsburg, Germany. 1765-67. Maker Johann Jakob Adam.

  • 1769

    William & Aaron Lestourgeon

    10282 George III Antique Silver Box

    £795

    An attractive antique silver toilet box of plain cylindrical form with pull off lid and reeded rims. The top is hand engraved with a stag crest. Useful size suitable as a jewellery box or for cuff links. Weight 231 grams, 7.4 troy ounces. Height 4.7cm. Diameter 10.1cm. London 1769. Maker William & Aaron Lestourgeon. Sterling silver. 18th century.

  • 1782

    William Sumner

    9607 Antique Silver Skewer

    £350

    An attractive antique silver meat skewer with decorative ring handle. Can also be used as a letter opener. Uninscribed. Weight 61 grams, 1 troy ounce. Length 24.5 cm. London 1782. Maker probably William Sumner.

  • Circa 1790

    Guiseppe Caltagirone

    8191 Antique Italian Silver Frames

    £2,250

    A stylish pair of late 18th century Sicilian silver cartaglorias containing the original texts in old fashioned script. The oval bead bordered frames have applied gilt silver swags, leaves and flower motifs, the bases are raised on square supports. The sheet silver frames are pinned onto carved softwood backs. Height 26.7 cm. Width 23 cm. Marked on the bottom left hand corner with “GC” for Guiseppe Caltagirone of Trapani, Sicilia. Circa 1790.

  • Circa 1795

     

    9791 George III Old Sheffield Plate Globe Inkstand

    £1,250

    A rare and collectible conversation piece made in Old Sheffield plate. This elegant novelty inkstand, made to sit on an 18th century Englishman’s desk, is in the form of a globe and by pressing down the top finial the two flaps open to reveal four Bristol blue glass bottles. Two bottles are for ink, one for pounce (a fine powder to dry the ink) and a fourth to keep spare nibs. The centre rim is decorated with swags and lions masks. Height 27cm. Diameter 14cm. Bottle height 5cm. Unmarked. Old Sheffield plate. Circa 1795.

  • 1798

    William Ely

    9597 Antique Silver Skewer

    £350

    A good quality antique silver meat skewer with ring handle. Can also be used as a letter opener. Uninscribed. Weight 133 grams, 4.2 troy ounces. Length 35 cm. London 1798. Maker William Ely II.

  • 1807

    James Turner

    9604 Georgian Silver Wax Jack

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    A rare antique sterling silver wax jack, or go to bed, of rectangular form. Good plain style and gadroon borders. The central wax winder supports the remains of a coil of wax, the end of which is held in place in the centre of the sconce. The small conical snuffer is attached to the top by a long silver chain. Weight including wax 163 grams, 5.2 troy ounces. Height 11 cm. Base 9.3 x 7.4 cm. London 1807. Maker probably James Turner.

  • 1810

    Thomas Wells

    8768 Antique George III Silver Inkwell

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    A good George III sterling silver travelling inkwell, of rectangular form, with hinged screw down cover. Lovely plain style. Weight 56 grams, 1.8 troy ounces. Height 2.5 (pot), 5 (top of screw cap) cms. Base 3.9×3.9 cms. London 1810. Maker Thomas Wells.

  • 1830

    Joseph Angell

    10230 William IV Antique Silver Bell

    £1,675

    An excellent quality antique silver table bell with delightful flower and foliate decoration throughout. Good quality construction and heavy gauge cast silver. Rings beautifully. Weight 232 grams, 7.4 troy oz. Height 13.5cm. Diameter 6.8cm. London 1830. Joseph Angell I. Sterling silver. 19th century.

  • Circa 1840

     

    8806 Antique Gold and Stone Desk Seal

    £695

    An antique seal with white hard stone handle and solid gold mount. The carved intaglio has an armorial, a horse crest over a crown, and the motto “Con Fide”. The stone handle could be white jade or quartz cabouchon. The intaglio is a creamier white colour and may be rock crystal. Length 6.7 cms. Unmarked gold (15 or 18 carat). French. Circa 1840.

  • 1849

    Elkington

    8994 Antique Silver Plated Ink Stand

    £350

    A fine quality antique inkstand with an oval pierced gallery. Silver plated. To the centre the cherub figure is holding a taper stick and can be removed to use the circular box below for pen nibs etc. The two crystal faceted ink bottles have silver plated tops and cut star bases. Length 26cms, width 20cms. The edge of the nib box has silver plate marks for Elkington & Co; date cypher for 1849.

  • Circa 1890

     

    9905 Antique Gold and Enamel Pencil

    £225

    A good quality late Victorian small 9 carat gold and enamel telescopic propelling pencil with attached suspension ring, a deep blue coloured guilloche enamel sleeve, and bullet shaped telescopic pencil with reeded barrel. Length 3cm (closed), 6.1cm (open). Maker “E.B”. England. Circa 1890.

  • Circa 1900

     

    8949 Antique Bronze Dog

    £950

    A striking figure of a dog raised on hind legs with one foot supported by an oval specimen of Blue John*. The modelling is very realistic. Raised on a marble resin base. Height 17.5 (total), 12.5 cms (dog) cms. Base 10.5 x 5.8 cms. Unsigned. Probably English. Circa 1900.

  • Circa 1900

     

    9966 Antique Silver Pencil

    £125

    An antique silver propelling pencil, would have originally hung on a lady’s chatelaine or gentleman’s watch chain. Hexagonal shaped body with hand engraved decoration around the outside. The top is inset with a purple coloured stone. The central sliding band extends & retracts the internal pencil mechanism. Length 4.3cm (closed), 5.cm (extended). English circa 1900. The pencil is unmarked. The T-bar has maker’s mark “J.K”, date letter “s” probably for Birmingham 1892. The chain links with the lion mark only. Guaranteed silver, sterling grade or similar.

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