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18th-Century Silver Inkwell by James Young

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Beautiful sterling silver is the perfect medium for this elegant inkwell by James Young

Key Features

  • An important sterling silver inkwell by London silversmith James Young
  • The inkwell bears the coat of arms of the Greseley/Gresley family
  • Hallmarked London, 1782
  • 11 1/4" wide x 7 1/2" deep x 5 1/2" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    7 1/4 Inches
  • Height:
    5 1/2 Inches
  • Depth:
    7 1/2 Inches
  • Period:
  • Origin:
This superlative, Georgian-period silver inkwell was crafted by 18th-century London silversmith James Young. Of exceptional size and quality, this large inkwell is perfectly appointed to draft important correspondence, complete with a sand shaker and compartments for writing utensils. A masterpiece of the restrained Georgian style, the inkwell bears the marital coat-of-arms of the Gresley and Coventry families with the motto "Meliore fyde quam fortuna," or "With better fidelity than fortune."

Hallmarked London, 1782

11 1/4" wide x 7 1/2" deep x 5 1/2" high

The armorial bearings almost certainly commemorate the marriage of Sir Roger Gresley, the 8th Baronet of Drakelowe, and Lady Sophia Coventry, youngest daughter of the 7th Earl of Coventry, in 1821.

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