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S/2940 Antique Treen 17th Century Charles II Fruitwood Pounce Pot

A rare 17th century Charles II fruitwood pounce pot of baluster form, having a dish with fifteen holes for releasing the pounce, that fits on the base with a wood screw thread. It is rare for its age that this still works. The whole, with pole lathe turnings, sits on a shallow domed foot and is of most pleasing proportions to the eye, of a lovely colour and has excellent patination.

It has a contemporary ink inscription under the bowl, that is partially legible and is dated 16th. Nov. 1671. The pounce pot is rare and a serious collector's item.

Early pounce was composed of powdered cuttle fish or pumice, mixed with sandarach resin and reduced to a fine powder. It was rubbed into the surface to scour or smooth vellum or parchment to form a suitable surface for writing, and even then it was necessary to use an iron gall ink, which when mixed with gum gave it adherence.

Sold 3 in. (8.5 cm.) High
2 in. (6.5 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1671