Antique Silver Inkstand
Maker: Edward Barnard & Sons
An attractive William IV silver inkstand having a shaped edge with scroll and flower decoration. Mounted with 2 cut crystal...
An attractive William IV silver inkstand having a shaped edge with scroll and flower decoration. Mounted with 2 cut crystal bottles and a central lidded box for nibs etc. Underneath is an interesting inscription in old fashioned script. Weight of silver 857 grams, 27.5 troy ounces. Base 26 x 19 cms. Height 11 cms (highest point). London 1838. Maker Barnard Brothers.
This handsome antique silver inkstand is in excellent condition. The silver has no damage or restoration. The cut crystal bottles are original and in good condition with no cracks, there will be some very minor chips due to handling over the years but nothing untoward. All the silver marks are clear and matching. The top to the central box is original but has no silver mark. The silver collar to one of the bottles is missing (the top still fits ok). Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: Edward Barnard & Sons
This old established manufacturing silversmith business was started by Anthony Nelme c.1680 passing to Francis Nelme on his death in 1722. Thomas Whipham took over the business in 1739, passing it to his son Thomas Whipham jr in 1756 who took into partnership Charles Wright. The Barnard's involvement started in 1786 when the business was taken over by Henry Chawner; Chawner had been Edward Barnard I’s master and Barnard’s son Edward became foreman of the firm. In 1796 John Emes became a partner and after the retirement of Chawner, Emes became owner maintaining Edward Barnard II as manager. Emes died in 1808 and his widow Rebecca Emes took as partner Edward Barnard II. Rebecca Emes retired in 1829 and Edward Barnard I took over with his son Edward Barnard II, John Barnard and William Barnard, trading under the name Edward Barnard & Sons. After the retirement of Edward Barnard I the firm was continued by Edward Barnard II (1846-1851), John Barnard I (1846-1868), William Barnard (1846), Edward Barnard III (1868), Walter Barnard (1868-1903), John Barnard II (1868-1903), Michael Barnard (1896-1903), Stanley Barnard (1896-1903) and Robert Dubcock (1896). The firm became a limited liability company in 1910 as Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd. In 1977 Edward Barnard & Sons Limited became a subsidiary of Padgett & Braham Ltd.
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