1 INK WELL AND 2 INK BOTTLES 1800’S TO EARLY 1900’S
Once you start collecting bottles it will really get under your skin. These three bottles are fairly common but nice examples. The Ink bottles dont have chips but the ink well does – see the pictures. I have taken the following chapter from antique bottles.co.za and if you want to start a collection this will be a helpful link to go to.
“”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…this observation is based on what one might find on a typical “dig”.
I have recently “re-discovered” inks and have set about acquiring some really nice British and American examples for the website. The Inks which one digs in South Africa are rather bland and are, with very few exceptions, circular, boat shaped, square ribbed and nearly all aqua glass.””