Skip to main content
  • Video Loading
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 17

Antique Sterling Silver and Enamel Capstan Inkwell



An exceptional, fine and impressive, antique George V English sterling silver and enamel capstan inkwell; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection. This exceptional antique George V sterling silver and enamel inkwell has a plain circular capstan form. The surface of this antique inkwell is embellished with exceptional enamel decoration depicting evenly spaced purple ribbon bow designs, anchoring floral festoons and pensile pink rose garlands emanating towards the outer circumference. The enamel to the waisted neck of the inkwell is further embellished with an arched purple design, incorporating a lozenge pattern. This impressive inkwell is fitted with a hallmarked cylindrical cover; the anterior surface of the cover is embellished with a guilloche enamel panel depicting further lozenge and floral garland motifs. This sterling silver inkwell is fitted with a removable liner. This impressive example of antique silverware retains the original gilding to the underside and interior. This exceptional antique enamel inkwell is the finest of its type you could hope to acquire. A capstan is a revolving waisted cylindrical component of nautical machinery used to wind rope and/or cables. Condition: This antique silver and enamel inkwell is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition. The enamel is in perfect condition. The original gilding has wear in keeping with the age. Full hallmarks struck to the underside of the base and part hallmarks to the interior of the cover are all clear. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this example of antique silverware. Dimensions: Diameter of base 9.2cm/3.6" Height 4.4cm/1.7" Weight: 4.8 troy ounces/150g (excluding liner) Maker: George Dresden Date: 1910 Origin: Chester Import Hallmarks      A video of this piece is available upon request.


  • Creator
    George Dresden (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.7 in. (4.32 cm)Diameter: 3.6 in. (9.15 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    see main description.
  • Seller Location
    Jesmond, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: C43641stDibs: LU1200221177102

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $141.12 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 7-9 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Jesmond, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Jesmond, United Kingdom
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1977
1stDibs seller since 2015
455 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 7 hours
LAPADA - The Association of Arts & Antiques DealersInternational Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver and Enamel Inkwell by Foster & Bailey
By Foster and Bailey
Located in New York, NY
Pretty Edwardian inkwell. Made by Foster & Bailey in Providence, circa 1910. Rectangular clear glass base with chamfered corners, wraparound acid-etched garland, and star cut to unde...

Early 20th Century American Edwardian Sterling Silver


Sterling Silver, Enamel

Antique Gorham Sterling Silver and Cut-Glass Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
Victorian sterling silver and glass inkwell. Made by Gorham in Providence in 1889. Drum form with curved shoulder and zipper-cut twisted flutes. Short neck with sterling silver colla...

Antique 1880s American Victorian Sterling Silver


Sterling Silver

Edwardian Period Sterling Silver and Pink Enamel-Mounted Crystal Inkwell
Located in New York, NY
Edwardian period, beautiful sterling silver and pink guilloche enamel-mounted, etched crystal inkwell, American, circa 1900. Hand blown bubble for ink. Crystal is etched with garland...

Antique Early 1900s American Edwardian Sterling Silver


Crystal, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Antique Tiffany American Aesthetic Sterling Silver Inkwell
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Aesthetic sterling silver inkwell. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Drum-form with spread base. Cover domed with scrolled hinged and tab. Acid-etched ornament: Fluid lattice inset ...

Antique Early 1900s North American Aesthetic Movement Sterling Silver


Sterling Silver

Edwardian Sterling Silver Inkwell
By Heath & Middleton
Located in New York, NY
Edwardian, sterling silver inkwell with hinged lid, Birmingham, England, 1908, Heath & Middleton - makers. Retailed at Mappin & Webb. Has sterling silver liner. Measures: 4" wide x 4...

Early 20th Century English Edwardian Sterling Silver


Sterling Silver

Antique Sterling Silver and Brilliant-Cut Glass Inkwell by Shiebler
By George W. Shiebler & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Sterling silver and cut-glass inkwell. Made by Shiebler in New York, circa 1890. Drum-form with brilliant-cut twisted lobes. Short neck in silver collar with hinged bun cover. Cover ...

Antique Late 19th Century American Victorian Sterling Silver


Sterling Silver

Antique Tiffany Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Traveling Inkwell
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau sterling silver traveling inkwell. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Round bowl with applied scrolling leaf and berry border, and curved shoulder. Cover flat, hinged, an...

Antique Late 19th Century American Art Nouveau Sterling Silver


Sterling Silver

Large Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Inkstand Inkwell, 1895
By Walter and John Barnard
Located in London, GB
A magnificent antique Victorian solid silver ink stand with two heavy glass Inkwells with silver lids. The Inkstand has a rectangular form and stands on four impressive scroll feet. ...

Antique 19th Century English Victorian Inkwells


Sterling Silver

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery