An exceptionally fine quality Victorian naturalistic silver gilt inkstand
, modelled as an apple, pear and pomegranate on a vine leaf base, with central crabstock taper stick with pen rest and detachable snuffer and sconce. The pomegranate with pull-off cover housing a glass inkwell, the pear formed as a bell with clapper and the the apple as a quill box. The triform leaf base with conjoined twig handle and three twig feet. Wing nuts to secure each element to the base.
Each piece fully or partially hallmarked in multiple locations, by Robert Hennell III, London 1857.
Retaining virtually all of the original thick mercury fire gilding.
A similar example in plain silver is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Irish Silver Wine Labels
Wine Labels with some very distinctive designs not seen elsewhere are associated
with Irish silversmiths. Irish labels often have a particular style and elegance, notably those with a neo-classic feel. Indeed the high point of Irish label design dates from 1780 to 1810, a period when neo-classic style was at its height. There is a lightness of look and feel to many Irish labels and they are often made from a light gauge of silver but this in no way detracts from their attractiveness. Bright-cut engraving and piercing were skills that the Irish smiths excelled at and the decorative borders seen on Irish labels are quite distinctive, as are variations of domed rectangulars and unusual escutcheons and shells.
The selection illustrated above are currently in stock and can be viewed on the web site at:- "Irish Silver"