George I Antique Silver Inkstand


Stock: 10243

Date: 1726

Maker: John Edwards II

Country: England

A rare early English silver standish of plain rectangular design raised on large scroll feet. Mounted on top are two...

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A rare early English silver standish of plain rectangular design raised on large scroll feet. Mounted on top are two circular containers for ink and sand. Excellent weight.

Weight 999 grams, 32.1 troy ounces.
Base height 5cm, length 28cm, width 19.5cm. Ink bottle height, 5cm, diameter 5.75cm.
London 1726.
Maker John Edwards.
Sterling silver.
18th century.

Marks. Fully matching with English silver hallmarks under the tray and two bottles, the two lids are stamped with the lion passant.

Literature: The inkstand did not enter into common household use until the 18th century. 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.


This handsome silver inkstand is in very good condition. Some discoloration to the ink bottles. Shows moderate signs of wear commensurate with age.

Maker Information

Maker: John Edwards II

John Edwards II, London silversmith, apprenticed to Thomas Pritchard of the Grocers Company in 1708 for 7 years. Freedom 1723. 2 marks, sterling and New Standard, entered as largeworker in 1723, in partnership with George Pitches. 3rd and 4th marks alone 1724. 5th mark 1739. 6th mark 1753, possibly of his son. Grimwade describes Edwards’ work as having remarkable quality of execution. His works include the large rococo inkstand of 1744 and an outstanding tureen with dolphin handles and crab finial of 1737 (formerly in the Hurst collection). (formerly in the Butlin collection) He is likely to be the Edwards entered in the Jewel House records as subordinate Goldsmith to King

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