Ink Bottles and Pens Photos

Before ballpoint pens, feather pens or pens with nibs were dipped in ink was stored in a variety of glass bottles or desk sets.

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Scribe writes with quill pen at Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum. St Augustine, FL.Tools for pen & ink making & writing in house of scribe at Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum. St Augustine, FL.Silver feather pen holder at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Desk from New England with English or Dutch Punchbowl, coin scales, snuff box, snuffers & ink well in Mid 18th C room at Concord Museum. Concord, MA.
Scribe writes with quill pen at Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum. St Augustine, FL.Tools for pen & ink making & writing in house of scribe at Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum. St Augustine, FL.Silver feather pen holder (c1885) at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Desk (1750-75) from New England with English or Dutch Punchbowl, coin scales, snuff box, snuffers & ink well in Mid 18th C room at Concord Museum. Concord, MA.
Onyx & brass pen stand believed used by President Chester Alan Arthur at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Benjamin Harrison's ink well at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Indianapolis, IN.Pen & ink desk set with hunting scene at Chambers House Museum. Beaumont, TX.Inkstand & pen used by William McKinley to sign Declaration of War with Spain. Fremont, OH.
Onyx & brass pen stand believed used by President Chester Alan Arthur at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Benjamin Harrison's ink well at Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Indianapolis, IN.Pen & ink desk set with hunting scene at Chambers House Museum. Beaumont, TX.Inkstand & pen used by William McKinley to sign Declaration of War with Spain (April 25, 1898) (at Hayes Presidential Center). Fremont, OH.
Pan-American Airways commemorative fountain pen desk set at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park. Plymouth Notch, VT.Ink bottle collection at Miramont Castle. Manitou Springs, CO.Ink bottles & pipes recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.Collection of Civil War era ink bottles at Old Court House Museum. Vicksburg, MS.
Pan-American Airways commemorative fountain pen desk set (1928) at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park. Plymouth Notch, VT.Ink bottle collection at Miramont Castle. Manitou Springs, CO.Ink bottles & pipes recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.Collection of Civil War era ink bottles (c1860s) at Old Court House Museum. Vicksburg, MS.
Antique glass ink-well bottles at Nevada State Museum. Carson City, NV.Ink bottles in White Oak School at Pioneer Museum. Fredericksburg, TX.Ink wells in Grant's Drug Store at Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Hannibal, MO.Ink well set carved from anthracite coal at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.
Antique glass ink-well bottles at Nevada State Museum. Carson City, NV.Ink bottles in White Oak School at Pioneer Museum. Fredericksburg, TX.Ink wells in Grant's Drug Store at Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Hannibal, MO.Ink well set carved from anthracite coal (aka jet) at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.
Green glass & brass desk set at Gillette Castle State Park. East Haddam, CT.


Green glass & brass desk set at Gillette Castle State Park. East Haddam, CT.



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