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Ceramics, glass, metal, shell, plastics, and even wood have all been pressed into service as inkwells.Prior to the widespread use of fountain pens in the 1800s, people would have to carry ink with them if they wanted to write while on the road.Ink was first used about 2500BC in Ancient Egypt and China.The modern day digger / collector soon comes to realise that our Victorian forebearers spent most of their time either drinking (nothing wrong with that), cleaning house or writing letters..observation is based on what one might find on a typical "dig".Scribe cases were often made of cast brass that had been chased, incised, or enameled.Lids for the inkwell part of the case were usually hinged while the covers at the end of the pen holder were typically press-fitted.e Bay determines trending price through a machine learned model of the product’s sale prices within the last 90 days.
As the art of writing advanced, soapstone, onyx, and marble were cut and carved into elaborate vessels for ink.Portable inkwells, sometimes called travel wells or travelers, were devised for this purpose.A variation on the travel well was the scribe case, which combined a container for ink with an attached holster for the pen.Working from this basic design, the Hull Pottery Company in Crooksville, Ohio, developed a number of wooden and pottery prototypes for product bottles.
You can see from the pictures of these samples, executed in the mid-1930s, how the design and graphics evolved.Now that I am thoroughly hooked on fountain pens, I'm considering purchasing an ink well to store my ink.I'm having trouble seeing the ink in my bottle, and usually end up either under-dipping or dipping too deeply (making an inky mess). Bob First, I'd recommend looking at other brands of bottled ink that have more useful bottles.The "modern" plant required closer tolerances than the Hull Pottery bottles could achieve.