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SOLD - Tortoiseshell and Sterling Silver Gentleman’s Desk Set - Antique George V

An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Georgian tortoiseshell and English sterling silver gentleman’s desk set; an addition to our diverse ornamental office collection

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SOLD - Tortoiseshell and Sterling Silver Gentleman’s Desk Set - Antique George V
SOLD - Tortoiseshell and Sterling Silver Gentleman’s Desk Set - Antique George V


This exceptional antique George V tortoiseshell and sterling silver gentleman’s desk set is comprised of a stationary box, ink blotter, stamp box, photograph frame and pair of candlesticks.

The original inlaid silver border to each piece is ornamented with a suspended swag design.

The large stationary box has a rectangular domed form onto a tapering base.

The wooden frame to the stationary box retains the original red leather covering to the sides and posterior surface.

The box is fitted with a fine and impressive convex domed tortoiseshell cover ornamented with the original inlaid silver border which extends to a facia of tortoiseshell to the front surface of the body and foot.

The facia of tortoiseshell is further ornamented with a silver escutcheon around the keyhole.

The cover opens to reveal the original fitted interior including a leather removable pen tray.

This impressive stationary box incorporates a fully working locking mechanism which retains the original removable key.

The ink blotter has a rectangular form and crafted in red leather with a fine and impressive subtly convex tortoiseshell cover ornamented with a band of inlaid silver.

The original red satin interior of this blotter incorporates two pouches framed with a woven border.

The stamp box has a rectangular sloping form onto a tapering base.

The hallmarked sterling silver body of the box is fitted with a hinged rectangular subtly domed cover accented with an inlaid silver border to the rim.

The hardwood interior has a traditional stamp box curved sloped base.

The photograph frame has a rectangular domed form with a rectangular ‘window’ and chamfered inner border.

The broad tortoiseshell frame border is accented with a silver design which follows the contour of the domed upper portion.

The frame is fitted with a fine and impressive red leather back and hinged strut.

Each candlestick has a cylindrical tortoiseshell column and a domed spreading base.

The junction between the column and base is encircled with applied silver bands of swag decoration.

The domed portion of the base of each candlestick is ornamented with a inlaid silver border in the same swag design.

The candlesticks retain the original inset hallmarked capitals fitted with plain hallmarked sterling silver push fit sconces.

The stamp box and candlesticks retain the original leather covering to the underside of each.

This exceptional service is in remarkably fine condition considering the age and type of each component.

Date: 1913


This antique desk set is a very good gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in excellent presentation condition.

The tortoiseshell is in perfect condition.

There is a small loss of one loop of inlaid silver to the top right hand side of the stationary box cover.

The original glass insert to the frame has an imperfection to the lower portion which slightly protrudes the tortoiseshell border; this does not detract from the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the item and can be replaced if required.

The leather and satin interiors are all in excellent condition in relation to and in keeping with age.

Full hallmarks struck, as to be expected, to the inlaid capital and sconce of each candlestick are all very clear.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of these impressive antique items.


Stationary box

Length 31.5cm/12.4"

Width 14.9cm/5.9"

Height 19.5cm/7.7"


Length 32.7cm/12.9"

Width 26.3cm/10.4"


Height 16.7cm/6.6"

Width 19cm/7.5"

Height of interior window 9cm/3.5"

Width of interior window 13.1cm/5.2"

Stamp box

Height 4.4cm/1.7"

Length 8cm/3.1"

Width 5.1cm/2"


Height 10.3cm/4.1"

Diameter of sconce 5.2cm/2"

Diameter of base 10cm/3.9"

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