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Sterling Silver 'Water Lily' Inkwell and Quill - Antique Victorian 1890

An exceptional, fine unusual and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver inkwell in the form of a water lily; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection

SKU: A8632

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This exceptional antique Victorian cast sterling silver inkwell has been realistically modelled in a naturalistic water lily shaped form.

The body of this impressive antique silver inkwell is embellished with cast ornamentation replicating the features of the lily pad leaves, accented with an applied lizard to one side.

The circular well is further ornamented with a subtle water texture in addition to a protruding cast silver lily bud shaped pen receiver.

The central lily flower is encompassed with splayed petals and incorporates a hallmarked push fit cover surmounted with a finial replicating the details of the flowers stamen.

This antique inkwell retains the original removable glass ink pot.

Either end of this impressive example of Victorian silverware is fitted with a plain rounded handle.

The impressive inkwell was crafted by the renowned London silversmith George Lambert of Lambert & Co and bears the retailer's mark 'Lambert, Coventry St, London' to the rim of the circular foot.

The inkwell is presented with an associate sterling silver quill, bearing the maker's name S. Mordan & Co.

Read a brief history of antique silver inkwells & inkstands

Date: 1890


This antique sterling silver inkwell is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the well and part hallmarks to the surface of the cover are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this example of Victorian silverware.


Length across handles 21.5cm/8.5"

Diameter of well 16cm/6.3"

Height 8.5cm/3.3"


19.1 troy ounces/594g (excluding glass liner)

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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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