A George IV silver-gilt inkstand, Robert Garrard, London,1824.

The inkstand is fitted with two pen rests and three  silver-gilt mounted glass bottles for ink and pounce, each engraved with the Exeter arms below a marquess’s coronet.

Pounce, derived from the word pumice, and usually made from powdered cuttlefish bone, was sprinkled to dry ink when writing.


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