Sheffield plate, ivory
Overall: 8 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. ( 21 x 8.3 x 9.5 cm )
Cast and seamed Sheffield plate inkstand; square base with a square, removable drawer; rectangular drawer face with an ivory pull applied in its center; circular inkwell with fluted sides applied to the base; beaded border around the stepped top of the ink well with a circular pedestal in the center; pedestal with five pierced pen holes in two depressed rings; columnar dusters sits on top of the inkwell; duster has a stepped base, molded rim, engraved foliate garlands around the side and a shallow depresses and perforated bowl applied across the top; engraved on the base, "London" in script; circular duster cover surmounted by a cast urn with a beaded band around the center and acanthus leaves on the sides; urn with a high, domed lid surmounted by an egg shaped finial; reverse of base engraved, "Samuel Bayard/ 1794" in script; no maker's marks.
Gift of Miss Isabel Dod
engraved: reverse of base: "Samuel Bayard/ 1794" in script engraved: base of duster: "London" in script
This inkstand belonged to Samuel Bayard (1767-1840), great-grandfather of the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.