Inkwells & Blotters
Inkwells and Blotters: 1430 Civil War Inkwell
Writing letters home was one of the few relaxing pastimes of the soldiers fighting in the American Civil War. Often on the move, the soldiers couldn't take a fragile glass inkwell with them everywhere they went...especially when they had to carry all of their processions. To make writing frequently more realistic, they had these traveling inkwells. A small glass bottle was housed in a more durable wooden capsule. A cork would keep the ink from spilling out. Of course, you can see ink clearly escaped at some point, staining the interior of this capsule. The inner glass bottle seems to be intact and stained in original ink. The screw-top cap is split...as you can see in the photo. It likely belonged to a Union soldier, as Southern soldiers were often illiterate. As noted in the Ken Burns' series, there is a vast discrepancy in the ratio of Northern letters and diaries to Southern. 5.1cm capped.
Inkwells and Blotters: IB0029 Unknown Brass Inkwell
Art nouveau elegantly sprawls and swirls brass into a remarkable design that will be the center piece of your desk. The glass inkwell holds about an ounce of ink. There are a few little blemishes on the glass, but it is in very good shape. The brass pattern features a butterfly in the tray. The entire piece is 20cm long and about 7cm tall.
Inkwells and Blotters: IB0003 Brass Senorita Inkwell
Gorgeous beyond the photo's ability to show, this clever brass inkwell disguises the ink supply under the woman's hair. There are no identifying marks other than "183" on the bottom of the piece. Given the general age of this inkwell, it is in remarkable condition with few significant dings, chips or faded paint. The small glass inner inkwell is without chips or cracks. The bronze measures W: 19.5cm L: 14cm H: 5cm. The glass inner well measures W: 3.7cm H: 3.3cm.