English sterling silver inkstand, Sheffield assay, 1850, by Henry Wilkinson and Company. This inkstand is decorated with geometric hand piercing and has rococo foliate borders, supported on four acanthus feet, with two silver mounted, faceted glass ink bottles and a central removable taper stick, used for the melting of sealing wax. All of the silver components are stamped with matching hallmarks for the maker Henry Wilkinson & Co. of Sheffield, and with the date letter 'G' for the year 1850. Size: 9" length x 5.75" depth x 5" ht. Weight of silver: 9+ troy ounces. Condition: minor bruising to some high spots on the bottles; one silver top slightly misshapen; possible old solder repair to base of taper stick (see photo detail).
Antique Sterling Silver