Update on the Reverand George Hustler’s Silver Partner Inkstand

It is all very well having a lovely example of a prized antique, but if the history of the piece is uncertain this can cast doubt on the originality of the piece. Thus acquiring provenance can significantly increase the desirability of an item. Take for example this lovely silver partners ink stand by Henry Wilkinson and Co 1850. The inkstand is currently for sale via our Ruby Lane shop and consists of an ornate lobed and pierced base on scrolled feet providing support for two silver mounted cut glass bottles and a baluster taper stick. Thus, just on the basis of aesthetics and the hallmarks the inkstand is in itself highly desirable to a collector of fine silver. However, the inkstand carries an inscription to a Reverend G Hustler. An inscription like this can be a benefit or a curse in that some buyers of silver dislike reference to a previous owner in the form of an inscription. Other buyers in comparison see inscriptions as a link to the past and also as a form of provenance. In this particular case the inscription provides considerable provenance.Victorian Ink Stand Sheffield 1850

George Hustler was the third son of Thomas Hustler, and was born in 1827 at his ancestral home Acklam Hall. He was educated at Harrow and acquired his BA and MA at University College, Oxford. He then studied at Durham University and was ordained in 1849. He also married Louisa Hawley in 1849, and she was the daughter of a Captain Hawley who was apparently at the battle of Waterloo.Victorian Silver Partners Inkstand Sheffield 1850 9

After serving as the curate at Blanchland, Northumberland for a year he took on the living at Acaster, Selby in 1850, where he remained until moving to become the vicar at Stillingfleet near York in 1859. It was in recognition of his service to the parishioners of Acaster that he was presented with the silver inkstand. He was apparently very well liked by his parishioners and this is thought to be linked to his generous nature and his major passions in life, horses, hounds and hunting. The fact that he was given a silver ink stand in 1859 on leaving Acaster reflects how well his parishioners knew him, for he was also a collected of fine silver and silver plate. Whilst at Stillingfleet the Reverend George Hustler hunted with the York and Ainsty Hunt and also the Bramham Moor Hunt.

In 1874 George Hustler’s reclusive and eccentric father died leaving the family home, Acklam Hall, to his eldest son. However, he didn’t want to live there and invited his younger brother George Hustler to take up residence. George did so and was apparently very hospitable, entertaining not only the local hunts but also local society. Unfortunately his sociability had an adverse impact on his finances and he left Acklam Hall to move to Weald Manor near Oxford. At this time George Hustler was hunting five days a week, although it seems he also gave up to three sermons on Sundays.

In 1877 George Hustler took up the living at English Becknor in Gloucestershire. On arrival he built a kennels and continued his passion, hunting in the Forest of Dean for deer and fox. George hustler seems to have had a real passion for life, and despite suffering from a heart condition in his later years, he continued riding and hunting right up until he died in the saddle.  It seems that on the 25th of February 1905 his horse stumbled whilst clearing a jump and he fell to the ground dead as a result of heart failure. The Reverend George Hustler is buried with his wife Louisa in the English Becknor churchyard.

So here you have a piece of silver, a beautiful silver inkstand, that will forever be a reminder of the history of a larger than life character who was a true Victorian hunting parson. This of course adds significant value to the piece. The moral of the story is research around inscriptions – they can bring an already beautiful antique to life.

All information regarding the Reverend George Hustler was extracted from the early 20th century book “Sportsmen Parsons In Peace and War” by Mrs. Stuart Menzies. For further information about this inkstand please contact us by email at enquiries@penroseantiques.co.uk

Another Mantique a WW2 Military Timor Wrist Watch

Just picked up this great watch – my husband loves it, he even made a quick video of the watch on a turntable . Its quite a hard to find Timor military wrist watch dating to the later part of WW2. At this time the British War Department provided very specific specifications to a number of watch makers for watches designed for use by British military servicemen. These specifications included a 15 jewel highly accurate movement, a black luminous dial with a subsidiary second hand, a shatterproof perspex crystal, a rugged case design and water resistance. These watches are now very collectable and are in high demand. Our last military watch dating from this period  was sold within a few days of us acquiring it.  These watches all carry the markings WWW and a serial number on the back. The WWW standing for Wristwatch Waterproof.

1940s Timor Military Watch 1

This particular watch will be for sale at the next Yorkshire Antiques Fair in Harrogate 0n the  25th and 26th May 2013 and is currently for sale on our Rubly Lane shop from the 27th (if we still have it). Prices for military watches of this period are currently shooting up so they are great investments.

Update on The Royal Worcester Tortoise

There has always been a strong interest in Royal Worcester. This stems from the historical importance of Worcester china, the very high quality of the porcelain and the exquisite painting by artists such a Harry Stinton. However Royal Worcester also made some quite unusual pieces, the miniatures. The vast majority of Royal Worcester miniatures were scaled down versions of traditional Royal Worcester patterns. However, Royal Worcester also made some slightly more unusual items, the miniature animals. These included the blush ivory and gilt miniature rabbit and the blush ivory miniature tortoise. Both are lovely little things, the rabbit being 5.2 cm and the tortoise 4.5cm long. Of the two the rabbit is the hardest to find although good examples of the tortoise are quite rare. This is largely because the tortoises were designed to have a tiny tail. Unfortunately because of the rigours of life as a porcelain tortoise a fair proportion are now tailless. Luckily some have managed to survive intact and we just happen to have a lovely example. Our particular tortoise (Figure 1) has the Royal Worcester marks for 1907 and is in an excellent condition complete with what seems a rather self satisfied smile, no doubt because it is still sporting its lovely little tail. This charming little character is now for sale via our Ruby Lane Shop

Royal Worcester miniature tortoiseFigure 1 Royal Worcester miniature Tortoise with date marks for 1907. Contact enquiries@penroseantiques for further details.

The Georgian Newcastle Tankard

We have just acquired a superb Georgian Solid Silver Tankard made by the excellent Newcastle silversmith John  Langland II

Newcastle Silver Tankard 1798-9 a

The Langlands family were the largest manufacturers of silver and silver plate in Newcastle. The Langlands manufactured silver for over 60 years with John Langland II taking over the business following his fathers death in 1795. John Langland II died in 1804, but his widow Dorothy Langland maintained a flourishing business right up to 1814.

This particular tankard is beautiful. It carries the hallmarks for Newcastle 1798-9 and the makers mark for John Langland II. It is a presentation tankard, and was further engraved with a lovely ornate pattern in approximately 1867. Along with this pattern there is an inscription for a Mr Matthew Bernard, who apparently served as Treasurer of the Sir Colin Campbell Lodge of the Odd Fellows Friendly Society for 9 years. It seems that the lodge met at the Crown Inn, Rochdale Road, Bury, Lancashire, this English pub is still, after all this time, serving beer. I wonder if Mr Bernard celebrated receiving this tankard by quenching his thirst with it on the day of it’s presentation?

Newcastle Silver Tankard 1798-9 c

The tankard is in a lovely antique condition, however there are one or two tiny indentations in the body and the hallmarks and makers mark on the main body are rubbed but legible

The Tankard weighs just over 300g and is 5 inches high. It is currently for sale via our Ruby Lane shop.

The Doulton Biscuit Barrel

Every antique has its own history, and that history is often linked to the history of the region of origin or the manufacturer. A nice example is a lovely Doulton Burslem Biscuit barrel with silver plated mounts and decorated with the Doulton Persian Spray pattern. This particular item screams about the history of a small pottery maker Pinder Bourne and how Pinder Bourne became incorporated into what is now known as Royal Doulton.

Doulton Burslem Biscuit Barrel 1886-1891 a



A lovely Doulton Biscuit Barrel decorated with the Doulton Persian Spray pattern dating to between 1886 and 1891. This item is currently for sale via our Ruby Lane shop

Pinder, Bourne and Co was established at the Swan Bank Works, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in around 1848 by Thomas Pinder. They manufactured a range of earthenwares. By 1851, the company had moved to Fountain Place Burslem and the company name changed to Pinder Bourne and Hope. The company moved yet again to Nile Street, Burslem in 1860, and once again changed its name to Pinder Bourne and Co in 1862. In 1877, Henry Doulton was offered the opportunity of becoming a partner in Pinder Bourne and Co for the princely sum of £12,000, however Doulton and Pinder did not really get on very well, partially because the company wasted the £12,000, and matters were only resolved via arbitration. Pinder retired and Henry Doulton took over the firm, changing the company name to Doulton and Co. Pieces dating from about this time represented a mix of artistic influences, many of the old Pinder Bourne patterns were retained, but re-branded. For example, the Doulton Persian Spray pattern seen on our biscuit barrel was actually the Pinder Bourne and Co Pomegranate pattern.

At about the time of the Doulton takeover, John Slater the Pinder Bourne art director persuaded Doulton to expand into china as well as earthenware. The range of items produced increased incredibly and Doulton produced a vast array of figurines, character jugs, vases, and decorative wares. The products became steadily more popular eventually coming to the attention of King Edward the VII who granted the Royal Warrant that allowed Doulton to incorporate a crown into their back-stamp giving rise to what we now know as the excellent pottery company Royal Doulton.

Beautiful Things – The Regency Egg Cups by Crispin Fuller 1819

One of the real pleasures of buying and selling antiques is the acquisition of beautiful things. A nice example of recently acquired beautiful things is an absolutely lovely pair of Regency egg cups. I know egg cups, sound fairly mundane, but in this case they are not, anything but.

These particular egg cups are what I would describe as something quite special. They are amazingly crafted consisting of 2 and 1/8 inch diameter bowls that have been stunningly embossed with a lovely floral design. The bowls then sit upon a beautifully simple pedestal, which in turn sits on a once more finely decorated base. The egg cups are fully hallmarked for London 1819 and were made by the very good silversmith Crispin Fuller (Makers Mark CF). When describing pieces of silver like this it is very easy to become taken over be superlatives, in this case the superlatives are well justified. Not only are the truly lovely, but they are of a heavy grade of silver, weighing approximately 1.5 ounces each and made by a good silversmith. As one would expect with pieces of this age they do carry one or two imperfections, the makers mark on one egg cup is a bit rubbed and the flanges around the bowls are not all quite uniform, but generally these egg cups are in a great antique condition.

Crispin Fuller Egg Cups 1819.1L

For more details and an opportunity to buy these lovely silver items please visit our Ruby Lane shop.

The Apprentice Chest

The apprentice chest describes a miniature chest of drawers, traditionally believed to have been made by an apprentice cabinetmaker to demonstrate their skill. This is quite a romantic notion, and in many cases quite correct. However, so called apprentice pieces may have been made for other reasons. A large chest of drawers made from mahogany or oak is a very heavy item. They were also quite expensive and cabinetmakers needed to find some way of attracting buyers from quite a large catchment area. Doing this by displaying examples of pieces of furniture in different locations would seem an obvious way to drive orders. Unfortunately, transporting heavy pieces of furniture long distances in potentially poor weather along poor roads could be quite hazardous to the individual and the stock. To circumvent this some cabinetmakers made miniature furniture that could be used by commercial travellers to drum up orders. This allowed a cabinetmaker to improve his order book by demonstrating his skill as a maker of fine furniture, whilst significantly reducing the risk to himself and his expensive furniture.

Apprentice chests can be found in a number of different forms, from the traditional two short drawers over two long drawer arrangement with bone escutcheons and small turned knobs (Figure 1) to more ornate pieces. Apprentice furniture is growing in popularity. Georgian apprentice chests can now reach prices in excess of £800. Consequently, good examples are becoming hard to find and sadly this particular piece has now sold.

Builth Wells Antiques Fair (4th and 5th of May 2013)

Come and visit us at the Builth Wells International Antiques Fair this weekend. Look for the above sign to find us and if you tell us tell us you saw it on WordPress, Pinterest or Twitter we will give you a 20% discount on any item or items on our stand. We will be  in Hall 2 Stand B10.Penrose Antiques sign

Happy shoping

Rachel and Morgan

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