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This 3.5oz George III silver pounce pot, hallmarked for Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard I, London 1810, sold for £150 at Fellows.

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This 3.5oz George III silver pounce pot, decorated with Regency style bands of floral and foliate motifs, is hallmarked for Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard I, London 1810.

The pierced cover can be removed to fill the vessel with pounce, that is, the fine powder (most often made from cuttlefish bone) used both to dry ink or prepare a rough writing surface for writing.

This piece, with rubbed gilding and a supporting repair to the stem, sold for £150 at Fellows (23% buyer’s premium) in Birmingham on May 14.

Emes was one of a number of successful Georgian woman silversmiths or workshop owners – assuming the role on the death of her husband (the engraver and watercolour painter John Emes) in 1808.