SOLD Antique Edwardian Ink Ruler (or Knife Rest) with Silver Caps


Edwardian ink ruler or carving knife rest

1 in stock


This sweet piece is another where we cant decide the original use – it could be a ruler or it could be a carving knife rest. The decision, ulitmately, is yours. It is a simple yet elegant and striking piece comprising a tube of amber glass of high quality and capped with silver ends and feet. Of the glass there is little to say. It is a fine rod of blown glass with a deep amber hue. Each end is capped with silver and the caps have small trapezoidal feet attached. Both silver caps are date marked but sadly not  with a maker’s mark.

It would serve as a knife rest (or carving set rest) for the dinner table, a way to keep the roasting fork, serving spoons and craving knife off the linen. However it is also entirely feasible that it is a ruler for avoiding splodges from those perpetually leaking dip pens. In terms of period – and hallmarked for London 1901 – either is a competitor. However, today it could serve a multitude of functions – as either of the above or simply a beautiful light catcher as part of a collection, or office or desk toy.


This piece comes in excellent antique condition. There is no damage, or even scuffing to the glass – please note that the pictures may appear to show a bend or damage in the glass but this is purely refraction. One or two age-related pin-head dinks in the silver but no ostensible damage. Hallmarks are a little rubbed but still readable.


  • 12.5 inches (31 cm) long
  • 0.75 inch (1.8 cm) diameter + feet


Parcel A – £8.50

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