1) An occupational term for a maker of inkstands.
In 1721, a Sheffield cutler called John Woolin had 3 doz. horne Inke potts worth 7s 6d recorded in his inventory. Sheath-making had fallen into decline by the mid-eighteenth century and sheathers had to embark on specialisations which required skills with leather and metal. Five inkstand makers were listed in Gales and Martin’s Sheffield directory of 1774, and in 1787 another directory listed six manufacturers of sheaths, paper, inkpots, etc. in central Sheffield and two in Darnall.