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Georgian sterling silver pounce pot London 1808. Item 4320.This very attractive Georgian sterling silver pounce pot stands 90 mm, or 3.5 inches high and weighs 100 gms. Whilst the interior is gilded, which would normally indicate that it was designed as a salt shaker, the larger piercings in the screw on lid would signal that it is a pounce pot. Pounce is a fine powder, usually made from ground cuttlefish bone, that was used to dry ink, or to spread on rough paper to make it easier to write on. The barrel shaped body stands on a foot decorated with a ring of egg and dart moulding around the edge. This moulding is repeated around the edge of the pierced lid. The body is decorated with a central embossed ring featuring stylised flowers. I have attributed this piece to John Wakefield, who was active around this time in London. The makers mark has been partially struck, leaving only the top half legible, which I take to be I W, Wakefields mark. The assay marks are very clear and show London 1808. The piece is in very good condition.