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Traveling inkwell

A round bombe-form inkwell, the body engraved with swags of berried laurel andwith a chased border of bound reeds. The seperate lid engraved with panels a nd circular rosettes with a mushroom-shaped finial. The inside fitted with a plate supporting three crescent-shaped containers surrounding...

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Maker's Mark: crowned fleur-de-lys, 2 grains, FR, a heart (Nocq II p 402): Underside of lid, underside of body, undersides of all 4 lids and all 4 bodiesof interior fittings. Warden's Mark: 1771-72, a crowned H (Dennis 37): Under side of body, undersides of all 4 interior fittings, undersides of 3 crescent-shaped lids [not circular lid]. Charge Mark: for large work, 1768-1775, a crowned A (Dennis 37): Underside of lid, Underside of body, undersides of 4 fittings and 4 lids. Discharge Mark: for work intended for export, 1733(?)-1775, alittle cow (Dennis 157): Rim of lid, Underside of body, Rims of 4 fittings, r ims of 3 crescent-shaped lids, handle of round lid. Import Mark: from 1893, and ant in an oval (Rosenberg IV #5907): same places as little cow, except twice on rim of round fitting and not at all on round lid.

Credit Line

Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection


Object Place

Paris, France

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Medium or Technique

Metal; silver