Original Rowland Ward Horse’s hoof Inkwell mounted in what appears to be silver but doesn’t appear to be marked so it is probably silver plate, marked to the horseshoe ROWLAND WARD & CO Ltd, THE JUNGLE, 166 PICCADILLY On the surface of the folding lid is the engraved inscription (somewhat faded): “THE GENERAL” ” May 9th 1896″
James Rowland Ward (1848-1912) was a British taxidermist and founder of the firm Rowland Ward Limited of Piccadilly, London. The company specialized in and was renowned for its taxidermy work on birds and big-game trophies, but it did other types of work as well. In creating many practical items from antlers, feathers, feet, skins, and tusks, the Rowland Ward company made fashionable items from animal parts, such as zebra-hoof inkwells, antler furniture, and elephant-feet umbrella stands. Rowland Ward was also a well-known publisher of natural history books and big-game hunting narratives. The most famous and enduring Rowland Ward Ltd. product is the Records of Big Game series of books, which started in 1892 and is now in its twenty-ninth edition (2014). These books contain measurements of game animals from all over the world and is the oldest such series of books in existence.