13 - 14 June 2002
A George III silver inkstand
Mark of Robert Garrard, London, 1806
The oblong tray with upcurved plain sides, the centre with three detachable inkpot, pen-holder and taperstick with box beneath, each cylindrical with reeded borders and mid-ribs and detachable covers, the taperstick with loop handle and detachable nozzle, the bodies covers and taperstick each engraved with a crest with marquess' coronet above, the tray engraved with a coat-of-arms with marquess' coronet above, marked on side of tray, base and cover of fittings, and nozzle
13 1/8in. (33.3cm.) long
The arms are Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Bath (1765-1837).
Supplied to Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Bath (1765-1837) 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, Robert Garrard's Gentleman's Ledger 1804-1808, folio 175
1896 Inventory, (2nd Marquess' Heirlooms), Plate, '13" ditto ditto ditto (oblong plain inkstand)'.
The entry for this inkstand in Robert Garrard's Gentleman's Ledger reads:
'Marquis of Bath
A Large plain Silver Inkstand with 2 Boxes and a Candlestick 53oz. 15dwt 11gr £29 11s 3d
Engraving Arms, Supporters & 7 Crests & Coronets 16s'.
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