Rare George II Sterling Silver Instand or Desk Standish. Assayed in London in 1740. Made by the Huguenot goldsmith John Barbe.
This lovely oblong Georgian Inkstand sits on 4 cast and applied shell feet. Has a delightful strong stepped border mirrored on the pot lids, a single pen depression. And three individual removable inset pots set into it's top. These pots include one ink well with quill holder, a wafer/seal container.
And a pounce or sand pot, containing the powder of gum sandarac. To'fix' the ink on absorbent paper or parchment. The pounce pot has an intricately executed pierced lid.This Inkstand measures 8" (203mm) long, 4". Wide and 2 high (50mm). Made from a heavy gauge of silver it. Weighs 527 grams all in. There are 4 hallmarks on the bases of two of the pots.
Makers Mark'JB' - For John Barbe, Grimwade #1178. Date Letter'e' for 1740 London. The pounce pot lid is hallmarked on the underside with the lion passant and JB (see photo). The base is marked with. Makers Mark'JB under a crown, pellet below' - For John Barbe, Grimwade #1177 (struck twice).
The stand and two of the pots are engraved with a forearm holding a sword or dagger. Please see photos and send us a question if further clarity is required. Please see our other listings for additional Sterling Silver and collectable items. The item "Rare George II Sterling Silver Inkstand or Desk Standish 1740 London" is in sale since Monday, December 23, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Cutlery". The seller is "silver-finder" and is located in Chichester. This item can be shipped worldwide.