Used from the 16th century onward, countinghouse inkstands are distinguished by the holes for quills around a center inkwell. An example has been displayed on Jefferson’s revolving desk at Monticello. The inkwell, handcrafted in the U.S.A. of satin-finish solid pewter, measures 2 1/4"h x 3" dia. Three hand-shaped writing quills are approx. 10"l.