A standish (more commonly called an inkstand) is a small container or case that was historically used for holding writing materials such as pens, ink, and paper. The term "standish" comes from the Middle English word "stand-dich," which means "stand for writing."
A typical standish would consist of a box or case with compartments for holding pens, inkwells, and sometimes other writing materials such as sand for blotting ink. The standish was often made from wood, metal, or ceramic materials, and could be decorated with intricate designs or motifs.
Standishes were commonly used in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, when writing was an important and widespread activity. They were particularly popular among wealthy and upper-class individuals, who would use them as part of their writing desk or set. However, with the advent of ballpoint pens and other modern writing tools, standishes have largely fallen out of more...
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