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Travelling inkwell

A travelling inkwell with glass bottle, by Wright and Davies London 1876 .
Price: £795.00

This inkstand works on a principle derived from the Ransome patent, manufactured by De La Rue and Company. The original design and patent were made by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies Limited of Ipswich (better known as makers of agricultural equipment) in 1861. In 1864, they licensed the manufacture of their design to leading stationers, Thomas De La Rue, who made changes to the design. Although many examples can be found in other metals, they appear in the catalogue of the Army and Navy Stores and are still collected today. This seems to be one of very few known silver examples.

5988
 Seal

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.

5404
 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
6332
Gold pencil A gold pencil modelled as an umbrella with a pearl forming the handle, unmarked circa 1860 .
Price: £385.00
6270
 inkwell A glass inkwell with silver mounts, by Thomas and James Phipps London 1817 .
Price: £295.00
5949
Sealing wax case A tubular sealing wax case made in Schoonhoven in 1799 by IK (probably Jacob Kooyman).
Price: £265.00
4627
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} .
Price: £245.00
6894
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 .
Price: £235.00
6885
George II silver seal circa 1730 arms of Bligh

A George II seal, unmarked circa 1730, engraved with the arms of Bligh .
Price: £225.00

The Bligh family are believed to have arrived in England in the 15th century from Brittany and to have acquired lands in Cornwall at this time. A junior branch of the family gained estates in Ireland after the British Civil Wars and, following a very advantageous marriage in 1713 by which they acquired Cobham Hall in Kent, were created Earls of Darnley in 1725. The English family produced several prominent naval officers — including Captain, later Admiral, William Bligh of H.M.S. Bounty. He served under Captain Cook on his third voyage and suffered a mutiny in 1789, which led to the British settlement on Pitcairn Island.

6950
Fob seal A hemi-spherical fob-seal with uncut stone decorated with leaves circa 1850.
Price: £220.00
7500t
 Seal An armorial seal, unmarked circa 1740, engraved with the arms of KNIGHTLEY.
Price: £195.00
4567
seal circa 1750 armorial A seal, circa 1750, engraved with an armorial of 3 boar's heads beneath a crest of two wings .
Price: £185.00
6886
 Seal A fob seal engraved with an armorial for the RADCLIFFE family, by TW overstriking another, London 1793.
Price: £185.00
4425
Gold seal

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

7498t
Porte-crayon A silver porte-crayon with stone seal, made in Birmingham in 1817 by Simpson and Sons, initialled {ELMH} on the stone seal.
Price: £175.00
6075
Fob seal A fob seal, circa 1760, engraved with an armorial.
Price: £165.00
4713
Propelling pencil Mordan circa 1840 A Victorian propelling pencil with hardstone terminal, circa 1840 stamped S. Mordan & Co. Patentees, .
Price: £160.00
6895
 Seal An unmarked silver fob seal, circa 1780 engraved with a coat of arms (probably for PYNNER of Mitcham).
Price: £160.00
3159
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).
Price: £145.00

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).

6882
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
6932
 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
6169
seal circa 1750 JC initials A George II seal, circa 1750, engraved with the initials {JC} .
Price: £120.00
6883
Letter opener A letter opener, by Sampson Mordan and Company Chester 1906.
Price: £110.00
5312
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
6884
A silver seal maker's mark illegible, with monogram {I W} circa 1770.
Price: £80.00
7854
pencilholder A double-ended silver pencilholder for two pencil stubs with threaded ends by Arthur Downing, Birmingham 1902 engraved 'W.Hanks'.
Price: £65.00
2446
A silver seal unmarked with initials MT circa 1770.
Price: £65.00
7855