Inkwells were first baseball -sized stones with depressions in which scribes mixed powdered pigments with solvents for their quills and dipping pens. Later soapstone, onyx, and marble were cut and carved into elaborate vessels for ink. Ceramics, glass, metal, shell, plastics, and even wood have all been made into some form of inkwell. Prior to fountain pens in the 1800s, people would carry ink with them if they wanted to write while on the road. Portable inkwells, sometimes called travel wells or travelers, were devised for this purpose. 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.
Antique Inkwell Glass Replacement used to hold ink for a quill pen. ILS K17 55.00 (Plus Shipping) Vintage, Heavy Square, Beveled Glass Inkwell - glass has a blue hue - no chips, scratches, or cracks on any of the edges or corners- small bubbles in the glass and you can see waves in the "grain" of the...Add to CartDetails
Hand Blown Glass Inkwell 01.385 X 75.00 (Plus Shipping) Vintage handblown clear glass inkwell seems heavy for an ink well! These were called "Common Sense" because they were very hard to tip over and very hard to spill the ink out of. There are no breaks or chips only a few bubbles in the glass. It is...Add to CartDetails
Brown Lambeth Stoneware Ink Pot 86 US.02.136.NS 75.00 (Plus Shipping) Antique Doulton Lambeth Stoneware Ink Bottle with an impressed number 86 - A wonderful example of late nineteenth century earthenware with a classic V top design and bottle shape - Doulton Lambeth Mark in an oval with either a 86 in...Add to CartDetails
Antique Inkwell Glass Replacement used to hold ink for a quill pen. ILS K17 45.00 (Plus Shipping) Vintage, Heavy Square, Beveled Glass Inkwell - no chips, scratches, or cracks on any of the edges or corners- small bubbles in the glass and you can see waves in the "grain" of the glass showing it was hand...Add to CartDetails
Antique Glass Ink Well ILS - K16 65.00 (Plus Shipping) A fine antique Victorian cut glass inkwell, faceted, with brass collars. The well is 1 / 4.4cm square and 1 / 3.8cm high; with the lid the height is 2 / 6.35cm. - nice condition without chips or cracks.Add to CartDetails
Vintage Desktop Inkwell with Acro Blue/Yellow Popeye Marble Stopper 1900s ILS K15 160.00 (Plus Shipping) This unusual vintage desktop inkwell uses what appears to be an Acro Blue/Yellow Popeye Marble for the stopper - Blown Glass "Common Sense" Inkwell No Spill Design - stands 1 7/8" tall. The marble...Add to CartDetails
Double Bakelite Inkwell ILS K 13 275.00 (Plus Shipping) Beautiful brown Bakelite desk set in Turtle Shell pattern double well Bakelite - two grooves for pens, a place for nibs and two inkwells that are covered with Bakelite lids. Two wells for red and black ink, with recesses for holding a dip pen, and...Add to CartDetails