Georgian Pewter Pounce Pot or Desk Sander
From the seventeenth century onwards, there was scarcely a household in Britain that did not possess some items of pewter: plates, bowls, tankards, spoons, candlesticks were just some of the everyday items made from pewter.
The pounce pot or desk sander was the forerunner to blotting paper, it functions in a similar way to a salt shaker and would be filled with very fine pumice of ground cuttlefish bones. When one had finished your correspondence, they would shake a little of the powder over the writing, thus absorbing the ink, the powder would then be tipped back into the pounce pot.
This is a nice pewter example, possibly continental, from the begging of the 19th century. It would have been used in a wealthy country or town house for personel use, or also be used in a proffesional person's office, such as that of a town clerk.
In good condition
Dimensions: 5cm high x 6cm diameter