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Elkington & Co. Silver Inkwell of Henry Morton Stanley
- This silver inkwell was presented to Henry Morton Stanley for his marriage by the future King
- It bears Stanley's monogram and the crest of the Prince & Princess of Wales
- Produced by Elkington & Co., no detail was spared in its creation
- Stanley’s discovery of Livingstone made the journalist a hero and international celebrity
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Born in Wales, Henry Morton Stanley’s lifetime of adventure began at the young age of 15 when he crossed the Atlantic aboard a merchant vessel and jumped ship in New Orleans. The young orphan was taken in by a local merchant named Henry Morton Stanley, whose name he took as his own. Stanley began a career as a journalist and was commissioned by the New York Herald to go to Central Africa in search of the famous missionary David Livingstone in 1871 who had gone missing while on his expedition. It is said Morton uttered, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume...” when the journalist finally found him on the shore of Lake Tanganyika on November 10 of that very year. Stanley’s discovery of the once-lost missionary made him both a hero and an international celebrity. He later returned to Great Britain, where he was knighted and served as a member of Parliament from 1895 to 1900.
Known as one of the finest 19th-century producers of electroplate wares, Elkington & Co. created pieces of individual and exceptional design. Founded during the 1830s, the firm invented and perfected the art and science of silver plating, and they were awarded a patent for this revolutionary technique in 1838. Soon after, they began receiving commissions from the most esteemed clientele and the highest honors at the International Exhibitions. The firm was the supplier of flatware to the luxury dining sections of the Titanic and enjoyed years of Royal commissions from Queen Victoria, Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII as well as the monarchs of Spain and Italy.
Bears hallmark of Walter & John Barnard and standard mark
Stamped “ELKINGTON & CO. LTD / SILVERSMITHS / 22 REGENT ST / LONDON”
Tray: 4" high x 12 3/8" wide x 7 7/8" deep
Inkwells: 3 1/4" high x 2 1/2" wide
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