Fabulous Victorian sterling silver and cut glass Standish / inkwell stand / desk stand - hallmarked Birmingham 1898 - George Unite

Fabulous Victorian sterling silver and cut glass Standish / inkwell stand / desk stand - hallmarked Birmingham 1898 - George Unite


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A superb Victorian sterling silver desk Standish in excellent condition

Fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1898 this has been professionally cleaned and polished and looks stunning

The Standish stands on 4 ball feet and measures 18 x 12cms

Weighs 215gms without the inkwells

Both the inkwells are original and are cut glass with a solid silver lid.

Makers mark of George Unite

Beautifully polished by our in house silversmith and looks amazing considering it’s age

Rare to find in this condition and perfect for the young Executives desk

Even before the sixteenth century came to an end, literacy among the English aristocracy was on the rise. More and more people had learned to read, as books became more widely available, and less expensive.

Many of those same aristocrats also took the time to learn to write so they could carry on their own correspondence, with some measure of privacy. But simple stoneware or base metal ink pots would not do for these members of the upper classes. Not only could they afford higher quality materials, they also wanted better ways to organize their writing materials in one place.

This need led to the development of the standish. Also known as the ink-standish or the desk-standish, this often ornate stand provided a receptacle for an ink pot or two, maybe a pounce box, sealing wax, a pen knife, and space for quills, some cut into pens, others ready to be cut.

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