A large Edward VII silver two bottle inkstand, Mappin & Webb Ltd., London, 1903
- 44cm, 17 3/8 in wide
The following excerpt from a local paper describes the coming of age celebrations for the recipient on his birthday and includes a mention of this inkstand. For a full description of the events please see sothebys.com.
'A wine luncheon is to be served to the tenants to-day. Mr. W. Grix of the Oxford arms Hotel, Norwich, has erected a large marquee capable of accommodating 600 people, in which on Saturday the cottagers and the people on the estate will be entertained. A solid silver inkstand and an address will be presented to the Hon. A.E.D. Astley by the tenantry to-day.'
(Eastern Daily Press, Norwich, Wednesday, 25 November 1903, p. 5c, and Thursday, 26 November 1903, p. 5c)