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Four-piece inkstand consisting of an oblong hexagonal tray on four, cast, flared scroll feet with three circular depressions that hold a faceted baluster handle bell, an inverted baluster inkwell and matching sander or pounce pot; two pen rests along sides. Cast scrollwork applied at rim includes female masks flanked by foliage and shells at ends. Bell has a flattened disk-and-ball finial, molded midband, and hooked, teardrop-shaped ringer. Inkwell and sander are seamed with applied molded rims and bases; the inkwell has five holes while the sander is pierced with crosslets arranged into a diamond shape bordered by dots and French curves. All four pieces struck with four marks (some effaced): "P.L" with crown and star above and fleur-de-lis below, a left-facing lion passant in cartouche, a crowned leopard's head in five-pointed shield, and a raised serif "S" in a five-pointed shield.
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Object Name
date made
previous owner
Pell, Alfred Duane
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 8 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 15.24 cm x 22.225 cm x 17.145 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
writing implements
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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