Inkstand, 1757-1758

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"Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World," Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary traveling exhibition, 2005-2008"

"An Image of Benjamin Franklin," Hospital of the Univrsity of Pennsylvania, 163.

"Benjamin Franklin and his Circle," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936.

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."An Image of Benjamin Franklin," Catalogue of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Antiques Show, 1963. The catalogue did not contain detailed entries of the objects; however, the inkstand is listed among objects included in the Loan Exhibit, and visible in a photograph of the installation.

Benjamin Franklin and his Circle: A Catalogue of an Exhibition (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1936) (notes by R.T.H. Halsey, Joseph Downs, and Marshall Davidson) Pp. 140-141, no. 311, illus.

Grimwade, Arthur G, London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837, Their Marks and Lives (London: Faber and Faber, 1976)

Talbott, Page, "The House that Franklin Built" (Antiques & Fine Art, Vol. VI, Issue 5, January-February 2006, pp. 232-38)

Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World (New Haven and London: Yale University, 2005) (companion book to exhibition of same title)

Stan V. Henkels Auction catalogue May 13-14, 1920, lot 163, p. 12, illus. "...The inkstand was presented by Mrs. Stevenson to a member of the family of the present owner." The inkstand was left by Mary (Polly) Stevenson Hewson in her will to her daughter, Elizabeth Hewson, one of the few articles mentioned specifically in the will. It is possible that it was Elizabeth, rather than Polly, who gave it to a member of the Duane family. The inkstand was among the Franklin artifacts owned by descendants and offered for sale by auctioneer Stan Henkels in 1920. It may have been purchased by Thomas Hewson Bradford at that sale. The inkstand descended in Bradford's family until it was again offered for sale: by Sotheby Parke Bernet, in its American Heritage Society Auction of Americana, Nov. 18-20, 1976, lot 600, ill. Notes made at that time by CVH in auction catalogue, from information furnished by the auction house, say "ex Wiedersheim," and "Formerly Catherine Nevins Bradford, gr. Grandd. of F. - aunt of present owner." Those facts are not entirely accurate. It was Elizabeth Nevins Bradford, dau. of Dr. Thos. Hewson Bradford and descendent of Mary Stevenson Hewson, who owned the inkstand. It passed from her to her niece, Joan Bradford Wiederseim, who sold it at Sotheby's. It was purchased by dealer Eric Shrubsole for private collectors in whose family it remains. Terms of Use Credits