Lot 187
  • 187

A large Edward VII silver two bottle inkstand, Mappin & Webb Ltd., London, 1903

1,200 - 1,600 GBP
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  • 44cm, 17 3/8 in wide
central box with hinged cover, inscribed To The Honorable Albert Edward Delaval Astley on his 21st Birthday from the Tenants on the Melton Constable Estate November 24th 1903, reverse engraved with a crest, finial modeled as an officer of the 7th Hussars, cut-glass silver mounted inkwells, John Newton Mappin, London, 1894, each engraved with a crest on the cover, silver pen, Asprey, London, 1906

Catalogue Note

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)