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George I Sander Humphrey Payne London 1715 Pearce

A George I tubular sander with engraved lid, by Humphrey Payne of London circa 1715, the lid engraved with the arms and crest of Pearce.
Price: £1295.00

Humphrey Payne (d. 1751) was the son of Nicholas Payne, a tallow chandler from Ludlow, and was apprenticed to Roger Grange in 1694 (before being turned over to a new master Thomas Parr). Payne claimed his freedom in November 1701 and registered his first mark later that year. He was a signatory to several petitions against 'stranger goldsmiths' in the 1710s (primarily against the Huguenot silversmiths). He was elected to the Livery of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1708 and served as a Warden from 1747 to 1749.

The register of maker's marks at Goldsmiths' Hall records two Britannia standard maker's marks for Payne (numbers 2117 and 2118 in Grimwade's London Goldsmiths) one with a cup above the initials and one with a bird, the one found on this sander. Both seem to be dated 1701 but it is possible that the second was added to the entry prior to 1720 but with no date recorded. Both marks seem to refer to the addresses of his workshops (the Golden Cup from 1701-1720 and the Hen and Chickens from 1720-1755) this could indicate a later date for this sander in the 1720s or 1730s— however the date of the move to Hen and Chickens is not accurately recorded and the form of this sander would seem to be earlier. An inkstand with a similar sander of this unusually tall form appears in the portrait of Sir Roger L'Estrange painted in 1704 by John Michael Wright and now in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The arms on this sander are those of Pearce and appear on the tomb of Zachary Pearce (1690-1774) who was household chaplain to the 1st Earl of Macclesfield (Lord Chief Justice from 1710-1718 and one of the regents between the death of Queen Anne and the arrival of George I in London). Pearce was also a Royal chaplain and was subsequently promoted to be Dean of Winchester, Bishop of St. Asaph and then Rochester and finally Dean of Westminster (he rejected the Bishopric of London preferring this last post). Interestingly he also helped Isaac Newton with his chronology during the latter's last years. If the arms relate to this branch of the Pearce family they could be those of Zachary's father Thomas Pearce (1666-1752), a wealthy distiller who retired to Ealing in around 1710, or either of the latter's two sons- Zachary or William (1692-1782) who had become a brewer.


An agate seal with gold-coloured mounts (untested), circa 1825. The matrix is engraved with the arms of Meyrick impaling those of Vane (for the Dukes of Cleveland).
Price: £795.00

William Henry Meyrick (1790-1865) married Lady Laura Vane on 24th February 1823. Meyrick was the son of Thomas Meyrick and Elizabeth, illegitimate daughter and heiress of Admiral Augustus Keppel (1st and only Viscount Keppel). Meyrick was Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards and portraits of him survive by Hoppner and an anonymous artist.    Lady Laura Vane (1807-1882) was the youngest daughter of William Henry Vane, (Earl of Darlington and future 1st Duke of Cleveland). She is depicted in a family group with her husband in a portrait auctioned in 2002.

 Inkwell modelled as Roman lamp An inkwell modelled as a Roman lamp with working wick and original, decorated glass liner, by James Charles Edington London 1852 (also marked on lid).
Price: £475.00
William IV Berry's patent glass and silver inkwell London 1832 Henry Berry

A William IV glass inkwell with silver 'Berry's Patent' lid, by Henry Berry London 1832 .
Price: £465.00

According to the available literature Berry is recorded as producing travelling inkwells with this mechanism as early as 1832, the date of this example. They were still being advertised in 1853.

George IV Pounce pot sander embossed Edinburgh c. 1830 Jonathan Millidge A George IV embossed pounce pot or sander, by Jonathan Millidge Edinburgh circa 1830, crested with a lion's head crowned .
Price: £445.00
Gold pencil A gold pencil modelled as an umbrella with a pearl forming the handle, unmarked circa 1860 .
Price: £385.00
George III glass bottles ink stand 1790 Three George III glass bottles with silver tops from an ink stand, unmarked circa 1790 .
Price: £375.00
Victorian gold engraved pen pencil gold circa 1870 A Victorian gold combined fountain pen and mechanical pencil with engraved body and unengraved hardstone matrix, unmarked circa 1870.
Price: £345.00
 inkwell A glass inkwell with silver mounts, by Thomas and James Phipps London 1817 .
Price: £295.00
George IV mechanical pencil Mordan Riddle London 1829

A George IV mechanical pencil with engine turned decoration made in London in 1829 by Sampson Mordan and Gabriel Riddle (also bearing the retailers stamp Mordan and Company Patent), the seal is engraved with a rose above the word {under}.

Price: £275.00

The first recorded patent for a mechanical pencil was taken out in 1822 by Sampson Mordan and John Isaac Hawkins. In 1823 Mordan bought Hawkins' share of the patent and entered into partnership with Gabriel Riddle, a stationer. This partnership lasted until 1837. The Mordan firm continued until the Second World War when the factory received a direct hit.

Sealing wax case A tubular sealing wax case made in Schoonhoven in 1799 by IK (probably Jacob Kooyman).
A George III glass inkwell with silver top London 1835 A William IV glass ink well with silver top, London 1835 probably Thomas Diller (additionally marked with lion passant on the screw cap) .
Price: £245.00
pencil Mordan Riddle London 1828 A George IV propelling pencil with hardstone terminal, by Sampson Mordan and Gabriel Riddle London 1828 also stamped S. Mordan & Co. Makers and Patentees, the terminal initialled {B} .
seal Hester Bateman London circa 1780 initialled A George III seal with circular matrix, by Hester Bateman, London circa 1780, engraved with an initial H within an unusual asymmetrical pattern .
Edward VII pen tray Sheffield 1902 Hawkesworth Eyre and Company Earl Beauchamp Callow End Schools

An Edward VII pen tray made in Sheffield in 1902 by Hawkesworth, Eyre and Company (retailed by George Birley and Company of Worcester), presented to Earl Beauchamp by the Teachers and Children of Callow End Schools for his marriage on July 26th 1902.

William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp (1872-1938) inherited the family title and estates in 1891. Following education at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford (where he was President of the Oxford Union in 1893) Beauchamp served as Mayor of Worcester from 1895-1896. He then began a national political career involving the Governorship of New South Wales (1899-1902), being appointed a Privy Councillor and Captain of the Gentleman at Arms in 1906, Lord Steward from 1907-1910 and President of the Council in 1910. In 1902 Beauchamp married Lady Lettice Mary Elizabeth Grosvenor, daughter of the 1st Duke of Westminster, in 1902 (the event for which this pen tray was presented to him) but in 1931 it became publicly known that Beauchamp was homosexual and he went into self imposed exile on the continent.

The departure of the Earl left his estates and houses occupied by his wife and six children. His second son, the Hon. Hugh Lygon, was a contemporary at Oxford of Evelyn Waugh and through their friendship Waugh often stayed at Madresfield, the Worcestershire estate of the Lygon family. Waugh based many of the situations and characters in Brideshead Revisited on the Lygon family (the Chapel at Madresfield is a clear inspiration for that at Brideshead).


Fob seal A hemi-spherical fob-seal with uncut stone decorated with leaves circa 1850.
Price: £220.00
George III porte crayon with perpetual calendar 1800

A George III porte-crayon with integral perpetual calendar, unmarked circa 1810.
Price: £195.00

seal matrix amethyst circa 1760

An amethyst seal matrix circa 1760, engraved with an armorial (a modern seal impression is included).
Price: £195.00

The arms appear to be a variant on those of Taddy quartering Alwyn or Alwin, Sheppard or Gyde and another.

seal circa 1750 armorial A seal, circa 1750, engraved with an armorial of 3 boar's heads beneath a crest of two wings .
Gold seal

A gold seal with uncut cornelian on 4 legs circa 1820.
Price: £180.00

George III fob seal by RG of London crest initials circa 1760

A George III fob seal made in London circa 1760 by R.G, initialled {T/J B} beneath an escallop (for a member of Barnaby, Barnard, Bidwell, Bottell, Bower, Bridesley or Brownell families).
Price: £175.00


Porte-crayon A silver porte-crayon with stone seal, made in Birmingham in 1817 by Simpson and Sons, initialled {ELMH} on the stone seal.
Fob seal A fob seal, circa 1760, engraved with an armorial.
Price: £165.00
Propelling pencil Mordan circa 1840 A Victorian propelling pencil with hardstone terminal, circa 1840 stamped S. Mordan & Co. Patentees, .
George III fob seal Saxton arms 1780

A George III fob seal ,c. 1780, unmarked, engraved with the arms of the Saxton family (with a slight variant on the crest).
Price: £145.00

The arms on this seal are those of the Saxton family of Cheshire but the crest on it is 'Out of a ducal coronet a hind's head between 2 wings'. The crest of Saxton was 'Out of a ducal coronet a nag's head between 2 wings'. This difference can be ascribed to a mistake, either by the engraver or the owner, or to this seal having been used by another branch of the family who wanted to use this small alteration to make the arms and crest specific to them.


Seal Godbehere and Wigan London 1793 image of Hope

A George III seal London 1793 by Godbehere and Wigan (overstriking Peter and Ann Bateman), engraved with a female figure holding an anchor for Hope (one of the three Virtues).

The biblical link between Hope and the anchor comes from Hebrews 6:19. The image of Hope was used on trinkets in the second half of the eighteenth century — a time when the Navy was expanding. The fact that this seal would not act as a seal suggests another use: snuff boxes were produced with this image and are believed to have served as a sailor's farewell to his family (see Millett and Field Convict Love Tokens (1998) p. 50, and also a pendant in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich).

seventeenth/eighteenth century knife or quill cutter A late seventeenth/early eighteenth century small knife (perhaps a quill cutter) with a handle simulating shagreen and steel blade with cutler's mark, European.
Price: £145.00
 Seal A silver seal with impression of a garb circa 1750. The seal is suspended from an 18th century facetted steel ring, visible in the scan/
Price: £125.00
seal circa 1750 JC initials A George II seal, circa 1750, engraved with the initials {JC} .
Price: £120.00
Letter opener A letter opener, by Sampson Mordan and Company Chester 1906.
Price: £110.00
seal 1806 Birmingham Wilmore initialled A George III seal, made in Birmingham in 1806 by Joseph Wilmore, engraved with the initials {JB [over] MC}. Unusually these come out in reverse when an impression of the seal is taken.
Price: £95.00
A silver seal maker's mark illegible, with monogram {I W} circa 1770.
Price: £80.00
Victorian silver propelling pencil Birmigham 1900 A small Victorian propelling pencil, made in Birmingham in 1900 .
pencilholder A double-ended silver pencilholder for two pencil stubs with threaded ends by Arthur Downing, Birmingham 1902 engraved 'W.Hanks'.
A silver seal unmarked with initials MT circa 1770.
Price: £65.00
wax seal impression Lignum vitae box circa 1835 Perrin A wax impression of a coat of arms in the original lignum vitae box, circa 1835, the arms and crest are those of Perrin .
Price: £55.00
Victorian propelling pencil circa 1860 A small Victorian propelling pencil, unmarked circa 1860 .