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19th C French pewter Captains inkwell

  • $14500 CAD

A large and fairly heavy 19th Century inkwell, the wider base making it particularly suitable for use on board a ship. Complete with pounce pot*, quill holder and inkwell, it is in good condition without dents or big scratches. Some debris on the inside of the hinge. Marked on the bottom 'L'Etain a la Rose' and 'Etain'. Size: 13 x 12.5 x 10 cm 

*Pounce is a fine powder, most often made from powdered cuttlefish bone, that was used both to dry ink and to sprinkle on a rough writing surface to make it smooth enough for writing. This last was certainly needed if the paper came "unsized", that is, lacking the thin gelatinous material used to fill the surface of the paper and make it smooth enough for writing with a quill or a steel nib. In the 19th century the pounce pots or sanders often had a shallow dish round the top so that pounce or sand could be returned to the pot and reused. The process is very effective for quickly drying ink, and although blotting paper has been available since Tudor times, pounce or sand continued to be used throughout the nineteenth century because it was often cheaper.

weight: 0.65 kg

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