13 - 14 June 2002
A George III silver inkstand
Mark of IT, probably for John Touliet, London, 1791, supplied by John Wakelin and William Tayler
Oblong with upturned plain sides, with three reeded bottle holders, fitted with detachable plain cylindrical inkpot, pen-holder and coverd pot, each with reeded mid-rib and border, the covers and bodies each engraved with a crest within Garter motto with marquess' coronet above, tray engraved with a coat-of-arms with Garter motto and with marquess' coronet above, marked on base of tray, pots and covers, the base of tray also engraved with scratchweight '55=5'
14 1/8in. (36.2cm.) long
The arms are for Thomas, 1st Marquess of Bath (1734-1796)
Supplied to Thomas, 3rd Viscount Weymouth and later 1st Marquess of Bath (1734-1796) and by descent to
John Alexander, 4th Marquess of Bath (1831-1896) Longleat, Wiltshire and by descent at Longleat
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Victoria and Albert Museum Mss. SD.95.0050, John Wakelin and William Tayler Gentleman's Ledger 1789-1801, folio 273
1896 Inventory, (2nd Marquess' Heirlooms), Plate, '14½" oblong plain inkstand with two circular inks and a wafer box'.
The entry for this inkstand in John Wakelin and William Tayler Gentleman's Ledger reads:
'The Marquis of Bath
To a large plain Inkstand like Chesterfields 55oz. 5dwt 2/1gr. £22 6s 8d
To engraving a Coat Supps & Cort 6s 6 Crests Garters and Corts 2s ea. 18s'.
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