Large White Metal Inkstand or Standish

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A large Inkstand or Standish, made of white metal and particularly elegant and decorative, that would enhance any desk.

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W-36 D-24 H-18 (cm)

Item Reference:

59049-864-2Tip! This item's Ref-Code breaks down thus...
Item Ref Code: 59049-864-2
Item No. 59049 - Dealer No. 864 - Building No. 2


A White Metal Inkstand or Standish

This large Inkstand or Standish is made of white metal and has two covered inkwells that are mounted on pedestals and a decorative carrying handle. It is a particularly elegant and decorative item that would enhance any desk with its extravagantly elongated quatrefoil shape.

An Inkstand or Standish is a receptacle for a pen, ink, and other writing accessories. In England such a utensil was usually called a Standish from the 15th to the 18th century. They were made of silver, pewter, lead, earthenware, or porcelain. Silver was the most fashionable material used throughout the 18th century.

Later inkstands contain a wide variety of accessories, such as a taper stick (a candlestick to hold small tapers), pounce box (for sprinkling pounce, a powdered gum that fixed ink to paper), wafer-box (to hold wafers used to seal letters), a penknife, and quills.

The use of inkstands gradually disappeared after fountain pens were perfected early in the 20th century but still make a lovely addition to any desk.

Dimensions are:

36 cm (width - maximum)

24 cm (depth- maximum)

18 cm (height- maximum)


Item Reference
Height: 18 cm
Width: 36 cm
Depth: 24 cm
20th Century
White Metal


  • Free Collection from Hemswell, North Lincolnshire (we can store free of charge for four weeks)
  • UK Post for £15, this applies to smaller items that we can box up and simply post to you.
  • UK Courier for £30, this applies to larger items that can be boxed up and collected by a standard courier delivery company.
  • UK Van Delivery by Hand, this applies to furniture, large items or delicate items. This is undertaken by ourselves or by a fully insured van delivery company that is personally known to us. Prices dependant on your location and size/amount of items purchased.

We are able to deliver any item to anywhere in the World, and so for any item/location, we are able to obtain quotes for delivery/shipping.

To make an enquiry call us on 01427 668 389