|It is extremely rare to find a complete 18th century desk set such as this. The 9 ½” long tray has its original William & Mary ball feet (the tray measures 9 ½” long x 5” deep x 1 5/8” tall). On the tray (each on their appointed raised ring) sits the original pouncer (which held the powder to sprinkle over your writing to dry the ink), the original ink well with the original glass insert complete with broken pontil, and a sander which held course sand in which you wiped the ink off of your quill pen. Each piece fits as it should on its appointed spot and it is really exciting to lift them off (the ink well is the only piece that screws in place) and see how the patina under the components is so much lighter where air has not had so much of a chance to oxidize the metal. The top of the ink well is a bit difficult to screw into place, but it can be removed and replaced easily….you just need to work a bit to get the screw threads lined up. The hand-blown glass insert has a lovely wavy edge and, as I said before, a lovely broken pontil. Check all the photos carefully….the patina is a gorgeous dark grey and everything is in place and as it should be. Touchmarks on bottom of tray are 1) Shield with “ID”; 2) a shield with a crouching winged figure; 3) a shield with a standing lion; and 4) a shield with heart with a scalloped edge and something I can’t make out above it. Above this straight line of marks is a crowned X. From a long-time private Dutch collection. Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Circa 1760. There is a similar example in Cotterell's "Old Pewter: Its Makers & Marks" at page 112, dated 1744 but with no marks.