Antique miniature cut glass & silver inkstand

Antique miniature cut glass & silver inkstand

£380

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Delightful, antique handmade silver inkstand with a crisply hand pierced gallery border featuring an applied egg and dart border, and mounted on four curved supports. The single cut glass ink bottle is decorated with a diamond pattern and is surmounted by a silver collar and cover hand engraved with a thread pattern.

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 35 mm / 1 34"
Width 125 mm / 5 14"
Depth 70 mm / 3"
Weight 96 g (3.09 troy ozs)
Year

1916

Place

Sheffield

Condition

Excellent

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