Georgian, George III, Silver Inkstand. Of rectangular form with a reeded border. Raised on four bracket feet with three silver capped cut glass bottles. The inkstand features two recesses for dip pens.
There is an inscription in Latin to the underside of the base, dated 1802, regarding a Charles Frederick Barnwell (1781 - 1849) at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. From 1826 until 1844 he was Assistant Keeper at the Department of Antiquities at The British Museum. In 1827 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
The base of the inkstand is hallmarked for London 1801 by Samuel Godbehere, Edward Wigan & James Boult. The mark may have been overstamped by another silversmith. The three bottle holders have rubbed hallmarks. The three bottle covers are all hallmarked for London 1801, with the makers marks being rubbed. Two bottle collars are hallmarked for London 1801 with the third being obscured. The makers marks are obscured but the one where the date letter cannot be read would appear to be Godbehere, Wigan & Boult. All bottles, collars and covers would appear to be original to the inkstand.
The inkstand is in excellent condition with light surface wear commensurate with age. There would appear to be no glass damage.
Approximate silver weight is 416 grams or 13.3 troy ounces.
Approximate total weight is 775 grams.
Approximate dimensions are 21.3 cm length, 13.5 cm width and 7.5 cm height.