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SOLD - Sterling Silver Gallery Desk Standish - Antique Victorian

A fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver and cut glass gallery desk standish; an addition to our ornamental office silverware collection

SKU: W8002
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SOLD - Sterling Silver Gallery Desk Standish - Antique Victorian
SOLD - Sterling Silver Gallery Desk Standish - Antique Victorian


This fine antique Victorian sterling silver gallery desk standish has a rectangular form.

This inkstand is fitted with a hallmarked gallery, embellished with impressive pierced simplified leaf and floral decoration incorporating a vacant circular cartouche.

The body of the inkstand is ornamented with a gadroon decorated border to the rim.

The stand incorporates a plain sunken pen well to the front in addition to two ink bottle receivers, ornamented with further applied gadroon decorated borders.

This antique inkstand is supported by four volute scrolling feet with impressive leaf and bead decorated trifurcating sockets.

The internal compartments retain the original square cut glass glass ink bottles.

The ink bottles are fitted with the original plain hallmarked silver cylindrical mounts with hinged hallmarked covers.

Each ink bottle cover is embellished with a bright cut engraved crest depicting a demi boar rampant with an arrow piercing the chest*.

The covers are further ornamented with a gadroon style decorated border to the rim.

* This crest pertains to the family of Bowles, or a branch thereof and its variant spelling of Bolles or Boles.

Further information available on purchase of the inkstand or on request.

Date: 1890


This antique desk standish is a very good gauge of silver, fine quality and in excellent condition.

The cut glass bottles are in perfect condition, with very slight staining to the interior of the bottles.

Full hallmarks struck to the gallery, and part hallmarks as expected to the surface of the base, interior of the covers, and to the surface of the mounts are all very clear.

Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of these examples of Victorian glass and silverware.



Length 29cm/11.4"

Width 16cm/6.25"

Height to top of gallery 6.8cm/2.7"

Ink Bottle

Height 8.7cm/3.4"

Width 7cm/2.75" square


26 troy ounces/809g (excluding glass ink bottles)

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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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