George II Silver Inkstand

Date: 1742

Maker: Peter Archambo

Country: England


A rare early English silver inkstand of plain rectangular design raised on four ball and claw feet. Sterling silver. Mounted on top are two cylindrical containers for ink and sand and a small detachable candlestick. Engraved to the top with a coat of arms, the two pots and taperstick with a crest.

Weight 780 grams, 25 troy ounces.

Height 9.5cm. Length 20.5cm. Width 13.5cm.

London 1742.

Maker Peter Archambo.

The arms are for Phillip, 2nd Earl of Stanhope F.R.S (1714-1786), who succeeded to the title on the death of his father in 1720. 

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.

Provenance. With N. Bloom & Son (November 1966). 

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