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ANTIQUE SILVER INKSTANDS

Our extensive range of antique sterling silver inkstands and cut crystal silver inkwells are all available for secure online purchase. Simply click on the photos to see an enlarged image of any antique silver inkwell. Our collection includes sterling silver double inkstands and silver capstan inkwells. Alternatively, all of our antique inkwells can be seen in our shop at the London Silver Vaults. You may also be interested in Antique Silver Bells or Antique Silver Ink Blotters or Antique Silver Pen Trays.

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Antique Victorian sterling silver and hand-cut crystal inkstand / paper weight, with removable glass inner, made by John Grinsell and Sons of London in 1898. Height 7 cms (2.75 inches), width 9 cms (3.5 inches).

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Antique Victorian sterling silver and hand-cut crystal inkstand / paper weight, with removable glass inner, made by John Grinsell and Sons of London in 1898. Height 7 cms (2.75 inches), width 9 cms (3.5 inches).

395

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Antique Victorian sterling silver capstan-style single inkstand, with slots for feather pens. Made by Sibray, Hall & Co., of London in 1897. Height 6 cms (2.5 inches), diameter 15 cms (6 inches). Weight approx. 10 troy ounces (310g).

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Antique Victorian sterling silver capstan-style single inkstand, with slots for feather pens. Made by Sibray, Hall & Co., of London in 1897. Height 6 cms (2.5 inches), diameter 15 cms (6 inches). Weight approx. 10 troy ounces (310g).

545

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver two bottle double inkstand, with an oval boat-shaped body, having a hand-pierced gallery border and hand-engraved ends with neoclassical style engraving, two removable cut-crystal ink bottles with hinged lids, and all sitting on four cast flanged feet. Made by Hawksworth and Eyre of Sheffield in 1902. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique sterling silver double inkstand are length 28 cms (11 inches), width 14 cms (5.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 350g (11.2 troy ounces).

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver two bottle double inkstand, with an oval boat-shaped body, having a hand-pierced gallery border and hand-engraved ends with neoclassical style engraving, two removable cut-crystal ink bottles with hinged lids, and all sitting on four cast flanged feet. Made by Hawksworth and Eyre of Sheffield in 1902. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique sterling silver double inkstand are length 28 cms (11 inches), width 14 cms (5.5 inches), and it weighs approx. 350g (11.2 troy ounces).

975

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A very pretty Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver galleried double inkstand, having a rectangular body with three hand-pierced scroll-work gallery sides, an applied gadroon front border, two square hand-cut crystal removable ink bottles with round hinged lids, together with two applied pen-rest scrolls, all sitting on four ball feet. Made by George Wish of Sheffield in 1905. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver double inkstand are length 22 cms (8.75 inches), width 14 cms (5.5 inches), height 5 cms (2 inches), and it weighs approx. 334g (10.8 troy ounces).

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A very pretty Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver galleried double inkstand, having a rectangular body with three hand-pierced scroll-work gallery sides, an applied gadroon front border, two square hand-cut crystal removable ink bottles with round hinged lids, together with two applied pen-rest scrolls, all sitting on four ball feet. Made by George Wish of Sheffield in 1905. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver double inkstand are length 22 cms (8.75 inches), width 14 cms (5.5 inches), height 5 cms (2 inches), and it weighs approx. 334g (10.8 troy ounces).

1,275

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An Antique Victorian Sterling Silver inkstand, having a rectangular body with gadroon and shell border, two square hand-cut crystal removable ink bottles with round hinged lids, all sitting on four cast foliate and claw feet. Made by Henry Wilkinson & Co., of London in 1899. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver double inkstand are length 25 cms (10 inches), width 16 cms (6.3 inches), height 8 cms (3.25 inches), and it weighs approx. 395g (12.6 troy ounces).

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An Antique Victorian Sterling Silver inkstand, having a rectangular body with gadroon and shell border, two square hand-cut crystal removable ink bottles with round hinged lids, all sitting on four cast foliate and claw feet. Made by Henry Wilkinson & Co., of London in 1899. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver double inkstand are length 25 cms (10 inches), width 16 cms (6.3 inches), height 8 cms (3.25 inches), and it weighs approx. 395g (12.6 troy ounces).

1,375

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An Antique Victorian Sterling Silver very unusual inkstand, having a shell-style body with hand-chased scallop work, a central candle holder with removable nozzle, a match holder with strike plate, an ink bottle with hinged lid and removable glass liner, a looped carrying handle, and all sitting on three cast cushion feet. Made by Finley & Taylor of London in 1888. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique inkstand are length 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), width 20 cms (8 inches), height 8.5 cms (3.3 inches), and it weighs approx. 427g (13.8 troy ounces).

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An Antique Victorian Sterling Silver very unusual inkstand, having a shell-style body with hand-chased scallop work, a central candle holder with removable nozzle, a match holder with strike plate, an ink bottle with hinged lid and removable glass liner, a looped carrying handle, and all sitting on three cast cushion feet. Made by Finley & Taylor of London in 1888. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique inkstand are length 16.5 cms (6.5 inches), width 20 cms (8 inches), height 8.5 cms (3.3 inches), and it weighs approx. 427g (13.8 troy ounces).

1,875

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Sterling silver Treasury inkstand, having a rectanuglar body, with two hinged lids covering two compartments, with one side containing two crystal and silver inkwells, a cast scroll carrying handle, and all sitting on four cast claw and ball feet. Made by the Barnard Brothers of London in 1913. Length 25 cms (9.75 inches), height 9 cms (3.5 inches), width 16.5 cms (6.5 inches). Total weight approx. 1,354g (43.7 ounces).

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Sterling silver Treasury inkstand, having a rectanuglar body, with two hinged lids covering two compartments, with one side containing two crystal and silver inkwells, a cast scroll carrying handle, and all sitting on four cast claw and ball feet. Made by the Barnard Brothers of London in 1913. Length 25 cms (9.75 inches), height 9 cms (3.5 inches), width 16.5 cms (6.5 inches). Total weight approx. 1,354g (43.7 ounces).

2,985

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Antique Edwardian sterling silver and hand-cut crystal inkstand, having a rectangular body with chamfered corners, a pen holder groove above a curved front face, plain round silver mount with a hinged lid having an applied floral border, and all sitting on a star-cut flat base. Made by Broadway & Co., of Birmingham in 1904. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver and crystal inkstand are height 5 cms (2 inches), length 10 cms (4 inches), and width 6.5 cms (2.5 inches).

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Antique Edwardian sterling silver and hand-cut crystal inkstand, having a rectangular body with chamfered corners, a pen holder groove above a curved front face, plain round silver mount with a hinged lid having an applied floral border, and all sitting on a star-cut flat base. Made by Broadway & Co., of Birmingham in 1904. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver and crystal inkstand are height 5 cms (2 inches), length 10 cms (4 inches), and width 6.5 cms (2.5 inches).

295

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Antique Edwardian sterling silver Capstan style inkstand, having a plain round body, hinged lid, and removable glass liner. Made by A. & J. Zimmerman of Birmingham in 1906. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver inkstand are diameter 11 cms (4.25 inches), and height 4 cms (1.5 inches).

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Antique Edwardian sterling silver Capstan style inkstand, having a plain round body, hinged lid, and removable glass liner. Made by A. & J. Zimmerman of Birmingham in 1906. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver inkstand are diameter 11 cms (4.25 inches), and height 4 cms (1.5 inches).

345

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Sterling silver Bell style inkstand, having a plain round body with a hinged lid, in the shape of a bell, and with a removable glass liner. Made in Birmingham in 1917. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver inkstand are height 11 cms (4.3 inches), and diameter 10 cms (4 inches).

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Sterling silver Bell style inkstand, having a plain round body with a hinged lid, in the shape of a bell, and with a removable glass liner. Made in Birmingham in 1917. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver inkstand are height 11 cms (4.3 inches), and diameter 10 cms (4 inches).

395

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An Antique Victorian sterling silver and hand-cut crystal inkstand, having a square baluster body with rounded faces and chamfered corners, a plain round silver mount with a hinged lid having hand-chased floral and scroll decoration, and all sitting on plain cut flat base. Made by the Deakin Brothers of Sheffield in 1898. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver and crystal inkstand are height 11 cms (4.25 inches), and 9 cms (3.5 inches) square.

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An Antique Victorian sterling silver and hand-cut crystal inkstand, having a square baluster body with rounded faces and chamfered corners, a plain round silver mount with a hinged lid having hand-chased floral and scroll decoration, and all sitting on plain cut flat base. Made by the Deakin Brothers of Sheffield in 1898. The dimensions of this fine hand-made silver and crystal inkstand are height 11 cms (4.25 inches), and 9 cms (3.5 inches) square.

475

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver and hand-cut crystal inkstand, having a square body with chamfered corners, a plain round silver mount with a hinged lid and an unusual attached pen holder, and all sitting on a hand-cut hobnail pattern flat base. Made by Finnigans Ltd., of Birmingham in 1902. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver and crystal inkstand are height 9 cms (3.5 inches), and 10 cms (4 inches) square.

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An Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver and hand-cut crystal inkstand, having a square body with chamfered corners, a plain round silver mount with a hinged lid and an unusual attached pen holder, and all sitting on a hand-cut hobnail pattern flat base. Made by Finnigans Ltd., of Birmingham in 1902. The dimensions of this fine hand-made antique silver and crystal inkstand are height 9 cms (3.5 inches), and 10 cms (4 inches) square.

495

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Antique Victorian Art Nouveau sterling silver inkstand, having a hand-chased hinged lid with floral decoration, a glass insert for a smaller amount of ink, and a heavy hand-cut round crystal body that can hold a large amount of ink, with a star cut base. Made by Mappin and Webb of London in 1899. Height 12.5 cms (5 inches), diameter 10 cms (4 inches).

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Antique Victorian Art Nouveau sterling silver inkstand, having a hand-chased hinged lid with floral decoration, a glass insert for a smaller amount of ink, and a heavy hand-cut round crystal body that can hold a large amount of ink, with a star cut base. Made by Mappin and Webb of London in 1899. Height 12.5 cms (5 inches), diameter 10 cms (4 inches).

595

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   Antique Victorian sterling silver oval inkstand with two removable cut-crystal ink bottles. With bead edge, claw & ball feets, and hand-engraved decoration. Made by Martin & Hall of Sheffield in 1898. Length 24 cms (9.5 inches), width 9 cms (3.5 inches), height 8 cms (3 inches).

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Antique Victorian sterling silver oval inkstand with two removable cut-crystal ink bottles. With bead edge, claw & ball feets, and hand-engraved decoration. Made by Martin & Hall of Sheffield in 1898. Length 24 cms (9.5 inches), width 9 cms (3.5 inches), height 8 cms (3 inches).

695

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Sterling silver large Capstan inkwell with Ribbon and Reed borders, and glass liner. Made in Birmingham in 1911. Height 8.5 cms (3.75 inches), diameter 20 cms (8 inches).

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Sterling silver large Capstan inkwell with Ribbon and Reed borders, and glass liner. Made in Birmingham in 1911. Height 8.5 cms (3.75 inches), diameter 20 cms (8 inches).

795

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   Antique Victorian sterling silver 'Chinese Pagoda' style inkstand made by George Lambert of London in 1891. Diameter 19 cms, height 12 cms.

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Antique Victorian sterling silver 'Chinese Pagoda' style inkstand made by George Lambert of London in 1891. Diameter 19 cms, height 12 cms.

875

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   Sterling silver heavy double inkstand made by Robert Comyns of London in 1934. Length 22 cms, width 13 cms.

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Sterling silver heavy double inkstand made by Robert Comyns of London in 1934. Length 22 cms, width 13 cms.

995

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   Antique Victorian silver plated 'book form' double inkstand with stamp box and pen rest. Made by Mappin Bros of London circa 1870. Length 18 cms, width 14 cms.

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Antique Victorian silver plated 'book form' double inkstand with stamp box and pen rest. Made by Mappin Bros of London circa 1870. Length 18 cms, width 14 cms.

1,375

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Antique Edwardian Britannia silver standard double inkstand made by Henry Lambert of London in 1905. Length 25 cms, width 17 cms.

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Antique Edwardian Britannia silver standard double inkstand made by Henry Lambert of London in 1905. Length 25 cms, width 17 cms.

1,675

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   Antique Victorian sterling silver double partners inkstand made by the Barnard Brothers of London in 1898. (Crested on stamp box cover). Length 26 cms, width 17 cms.

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Antique Victorian sterling silver double partners inkstand made by the Barnard Brothers of London in 1898. (Crested on stamp box cover). Length 26 cms, width 17 cms.

1,845

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   Antique Georgian sterling silver, gallery inkstand, made by Edward Aldridge and John Stamper of London in 1758. Length 18 cms, width 10 cms.

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Antique Georgian sterling silver, gallery inkstand, made by Edward Aldridge and John Stamper of London in 1758. Length 18 cms, width 10 cms.

1,975

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Antique Edwardian sterling silver pierced gallery inkstand made by Thomas Bradbury of London in 1901. Length 24 cms, width 13 cms.

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Antique Edwardian sterling silver pierced gallery inkstand made by Thomas Bradbury of London in 1901. Length 24 cms, width 13 cms.

2,175

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Antique early Victorian, sterling silver, double inkstand, made by Robinson, Edkins and Aston of Birmingham in 1837. Length 32 cms, width 18 cms.

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Antique early Victorian, sterling silver, double inkstand, made by Robinson, Edkins and Aston of Birmingham in 1837. Length 32 cms, width 18 cms.

2,195

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   Antique Georgian sterling silver inkstand, having a rectangular body with gadroon and shell border, single pen-well, three hand-cut crystal bottles held within pierced inkwell galleries, all sitting on four cast foliate feet. The glass inkwells are for pens (quills), pounce, and ink. Made by William Plummer of London in 1772. Length 18 cms (7.25 inches), width 11 cms (4.25 inches), height 7.5 cms (3 inches). Weight approx. 240g (7.7 troy ounces).

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Antique Georgian sterling silver inkstand, having a rectangular body with gadroon and shell border, single pen-well, three hand-cut crystal bottles held within pierced inkwell galleries, all sitting on four cast foliate feet. The glass inkwells are for pens (quills), pounce, and ink. Made by William Plummer of London in 1772. Length 18 cms (7.25 inches), width 11 cms (4.25 inches), height 7.5 cms (3 inches). Weight approx. 240g (7.7 troy ounces).

2,275

SOLD


Antique Georgian sterling silver 3-bottle inkstand with pierced gallery, made by John Langford III & John Sebille of London in 1766. Length 26 cms, width 18 cms.

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Antique Georgian sterling silver 3-bottle inkstand with pierced gallery, made by John Langford III & John Sebille of London in 1766. Length 26 cms, width 18 cms.

3,795

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Sterling silver very large and heavy table inkstand, having a plain rectangular body, with central bell, inkwell, and pen-holder (both with glass liners), all sitting on four cast scroll feet. Made by Robert Comyns of London in 1935. Length 32 cms (12.5 inches), width 21 cms (8.25 inches). Total weight approx. 1,886g (60.8 troy ounces).

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Sterling silver very large and heavy table inkstand, having a plain rectangular body, with central bell, inkwell, and pen-holder (both with glass liners), all sitting on four cast scroll feet. Made by Robert Comyns of London in 1935. Length 32 cms (12.5 inches), width 21 cms (8.25 inches). Total weight approx. 1,886g (60.8 troy ounces).

3,975

SOLD


Learn more about antique silver INKSTANDS here.

Antique Silver INKSTANDS description:

A desk accessory to hold writing implements including pens, quills, ink, sealing wax, taperstick, snuffer, and pounce.

Antique Silver INKSTANDS history:

There are very few examples from before 1700, and these early examples were often called a standish. Inkstands were made throughout the Georgian, Victorian, and 20th Century periods, and are still being made today.

Antique Silver INKSTANDS design:

Their basic design centered on a place to hold pens or quills, and a container for ink. More complex designs included boxes or draws for sealing wax, containers for pounce (used for drying ink - see pounce pots), taper-stick holders with a dunce-cap snuffer, and sometimes a bell for summoning a servant for posting. Other styles had pierced gallery edges, whilst the larger Treasury inkstands were dual-sided, with two pen-wells, for the large partners desks. Many had more than one ink-well for different ink colours.

Antique Silver INKSTANDS collectors note:

It is very important to check that all removable parts are hallmarked. This includes the ink-well lids and rings, bells, boxes and drawers, tapersticks, snuffers, and of course the main body. All marks should be clear. Check to make sure that any glass ink-wells are original and have not been damaged. If there is a pierced gallery look closely at the piercing to make sure that there is nothing missing. Check for repairs to legs and look for thin spots where monograms or crests have been removed.



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