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Inkstand

Maker:
John Coney (1655/56–1722)
Date:
1710–20
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (10.5 x 16.5 cm); 23 oz. 14 dwt. (736.7 g) Glass ink pot with silver cover: 1 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (4.4 x 5.7 cm); 4 oz. 12 dwt. (143.3 g) Pounce pot: 1 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (2.9 x 6.7 cm); 2 oz. 10 dwt. (78.2 g) Wafer pot cover: 9/16 x 2 5/16 in. (1.4 x 5.9 cm); 1 oz. 2 dwt. (34.5 g) Stand and attached parts: 15 oz. 9 dwt. (480.7 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Charles Allen Munn, 1924
Accession Number:
24.109.36a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
This rare triangular inkstand on cast lion’s feet belonged to the colonial governor Jonathan Belcher.
Inscription: engraved on cover of wafer pot: [crest of Belcher]
engraved on underside of stand: [device (resembles a "z" within an "o")] dw[superscript "t"] / 20 : 9
lightly scratched on underside of pounce pot in shaded roman: E[superscript v]B / V
lightly scratched on underside in script: June 1805 ; R Sto[ck?..] / June 19[superscript "th" over horizontal line above "] 1805

Marking: marked on stand: [crown] / IC / [rabbit] (in shaped surround)
marked on bezel of wafer pot cover and on outer rim of ink pot: IC (in oval)
Jonathan Belcher (1682–1757), Boston, MA; by descent in the Belcher family; Charles Allen Munn (1859–1924), New York, NY; bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1924.
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