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Inkpot and pen case: C.493 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Unidentified Staffordshire factory




White salt-glazed stoneware, moulded in two parts, the lower part pierced, and inscribed in red enamel. Cylindrical ink pot with double walls, the outer wall pierced with perforations in the shape of the four different pips of a pack of cards within semi-circles of small holes. The cylindrical neck of the pot has a thread onto which the lid screws. The lid forming a sheath for a quill pen, is of tapering cylindrical form with a rounded end. On the base of the pot the initials and date 'H:P/1757' are painted with double lines in dark red enamel.


History note: Hasler/Hawley (?), a dealer at Boscombe, on 30 April 1917 for £20 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 17.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Third quarter of 18th century
George II
Production date: dated AD 1757


The manufacture involved the forming of a screw thread to join the two parts, a rare feature in white salt-glazed stoneware.

Components of the work

Inscription composed of enamel ( dark red)
Surface composed of salt-glaze
Base Diameter 4.1 cm

Materials used in production

white Stoneware

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: letters have double outlines

  • Text: H:P/1757
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in red enamel
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.493 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 75290
Old object number: 3744
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 23 November 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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