Antique Brass Daniel Lambert Inkwell Once The World’s Largest Recorded Person
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A Fabulous Antique Novelty Brass Figural Daniel Lambert Inkwell. Once The World’s Largest Recorded Person, And One Of Leicester’s Most Cherished Icons.
Daniel Lambert was an English jail keeper and animal breeder from Leicester. He was a keen sportsman and extremely strong, and on one occasion, he fought a bear in the streets of Leicester.
Lambert’s weight began to increase steadily, even though he was athletically active and, by his own account, abstained from drinking alcohol and didn’t eat unusual amounts of food. In 1805, Lambert's jail closed. By this time, he weighed 50 stone, and had become the heaviest authenticated person up to that point in recorded history. Unemployable and sensitive about his bulk, Lambert became a recluse.
In 1806, poverty forced Lambert to put himself on exhibition to raise money. He took up residence in London, charging spectators to enter his apartments to meet him. Visitors were impressed by his intelligence and personality, and visiting him became highly fashionable. After some months on public display, Lambert grew tired of exhibiting himself, and in September 1806, he returned wealthy, to Leicester.
Sadly, in June 1809, he died suddenly. He remains a popular character in Leicester and is one of the city's most cherished icons.
Condition is good, commensurate with age and use. Structurally sound and functions well. It is missing it’s glass or ceramic inner, but these are quite common, so replacements can be found. I will look for one and update the listing accordingly once I’ve found one.
Measures 16.5cm x 15.5cm x 10cm