Antique Silver George III Inkstand made in 1791


A superb late eighteenth century three bottle inkstand .

Date 1791
Made By Robert Hennell I
Location London
Stock Number W236x1
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Maker: Robert Hennell I

A superb late eighteenth century three bottle inkstand .

This  Georgian inkstand is of a stylish octagonal shape with a fine reeded border and stands on four complementing reeded feet.

The bottle receivers,bottles and bottle tops are all octagonal in shape.

All the component parts (bottle tops,receivers and main body) are original and hallmarked.

In the well of the inkstand is engraved with a crest  of a plume of ostrich feathers .

A lovely inkstand,  in excellent condition by one of the most famous makers of the period.

Dimensions, length 20.25 cm, width 14 cm.

Robert Hennell I

The firm Hennell Ltd is a long-lasting family business of silversmiths founded in 1725 by David Hennell (1712 – 1785).

His son Robert Hennell I (1741 – 1811) joined the company in partnership in 1763, and became sole owner of the business after his father’s retirement. He was soon joined by his son, Samuel Hennell (1778 – 1837), and his nephew Robert Hennell II.

After his apprenticeship with his uncle and the engraver John Houle, he gained his freedom in 1785 and started working mainly as an engraver. In 1808, he entered his first mark on his own, soon becoming one of the most prolific silversmiths of the Regency period.

The firm – based from 1817 at 3 Lancaster Court, Strand – specialised in domestic silver, salts, cruets, tea, and coffee sets often delicately engraved or finely pierced.

After Robert’s retirement in 1833, his sons took over the business. The firm is still running in London’s Bond Street with the name Frazer & Haws and Hennells.

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