Ink Bottles, Pens and Desk Sets 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.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.Silver replica of Independence Hall inkstand by Gebelein Silversmiths Inc. of Boston, MA at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.
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.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.Silver replica of Independence Hall inkstand (c1930) by Gebelein Silversmiths Inc. of Boston, MA at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.
Inkwell used by Abraham Lincoln. Washington, DC.Crystal & silver inkwell used by Abraham Lincoln during his presidency at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Desk & inkwell from Abraham Lincoln's rail car at Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Council Bluffs, IA.Bird paperweight from desk of Abraham Lincoln. Washington, DC.
Inkwell used by Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theatre museum. Washington, DC.Crystal & silver inkwell used by Abraham Lincoln during his presidency at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Desk & inkwell from Abraham Lincoln's rail car at Union Pacific Railroad Museum. Council Bluffs, IA.Bird paperweight from desk of Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theatre museum. Washington, DC.
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.Inkstand & pen used by William McKinley to sign Declaration of War with Spain. Fremont, OH.Lucretia Garfield's writing case at Garfield NHS. Mentor, 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.Inkstand & pen used by William McKinley to sign Declaration of War with Spain (April 25, 1898) (at Hayes Presidential Center). Fremont, OH.Lucretia Garfield's writing case at Garfield NHS. Mentor, OH.
Hippo foot inkwell & elephant sculpture in Gun Room at Roosevelt's House Sagamore Hill NHS. Cove Neck, NY.Desk in North Room with elephant foot waste basket & rhino foot inkwell at Roosevelt's House Sagamore Hill NHS. Cove Neck, NY.Inkwell used by Nathaniel Hawthorne while Surveyor of Salem Custom House. Salem, MA.Louisa May Alcott's inkwell in her bedroom at Orchard House. Concord, MA.
Hippo foot inkwell & elephant sculpture in Gun Room at Roosevelt's House Sagamore Hill NHS. Cove Neck, NY.Desk in North Room with elephant foot waste basket & rhino foot inkwell at Roosevelt's House Sagamore Hill NHS. Cove Neck, NY.Inkwell used by Nathaniel Hawthorne while Surveyor of Salem Custom House. Salem, MA.Louisa May Alcott's inkwell in her bedroom at Orchard House. Concord, MA.
Oil lamp with shade plus writing implements on desk at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Captain's quarters objects including chest, inkwell, telescope & Windsor chair at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Inkwells at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Baetge Inkwell in form of Satan and used by Carl Baetge in Baetge House at Conservation Plaza. New Braunfels, TX.
Oil lamp with shade plus writing implements on desk at Spanish Governor's Palace. San Antonio, TX.Captain's quarters objects including chest, inkwell, telescope & Windsor chair at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Inkwells at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Baetge Inkwell in form of Satan and used by Carl Baetge in Baetge House at Conservation Plaza. New Braunfels, TX.
Pen & ink desk set with hunting scene at Chambers House Museum. Beaumont, TX.Desktop with mementos of Charles Gibson at Gibson House Museum. Boston, MA.Lamp, table clock, inkwell in Stone Library at Peacefield. Quincy, MA.Letter casket used by Louis Napoleon, King of Holland in his palace at Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam, NL.
Pen & ink desk set with hunting scene at Chambers House Museum. Beaumont, TX.Desktop with mementos of Charles Gibson at Gibson House Museum. Boston, MA.Lamp, table clock, inkwell in Stone Library at Peacefield. Quincy, MA.Letter casket (1808-10) used by Louis Napoleon, King of Holland in his palace at Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam, NL.
Inkwell recovered from USS Maine after explosion in Havana Bay. Annapolis, MD.Pan-American Airways commemorative fountain pen desk set at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park. Plymouth Notch, VT.Silver feather pen holder at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Copper & silver inkwell by Gorham Manuf. Co. of Providence, RI at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.
Inkwell recovered from USS Maine after explosion in Havana Bay. Annapolis, MD.Pan-American Airways commemorative fountain pen desk set (1928) at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park. Plymouth Notch, VT.Silver feather pen holder (c1885) at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.Copper & silver inkwell (1901) by Gorham Manuf. Co. of Providence, RI at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.
Green glass & brass desk set at Gillette Castle State Park. East Haddam, CT.Roycroft desk set at Roycroft Campus Powerhouse. East Aurora, NY.Inkwell & glass candlesticks at Bullock Texas State History Museum. Austin, TX.Ink bottle collection at Miramont Castle. Manitou Springs, CO.
Green glass & brass desk set at Gillette Castle State Park. East Haddam, CT.Roycroft desk set (c1920) at Roycroft Campus Powerhouse. East Aurora, NY.Inkwell (early 1800s) (lent: Mayborn Museum) & glass candlesticks (c1833) (lent: U/TX Austin) at Bullock Texas State History Museum. Austin, TX.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.Antique glass ink-well bottles at Nevada State Museum. Carson City, NV.Ink bottles in White Oak School at Pioneer Museum. Fredericksburg, TX.
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.Greek bronze inkwell with handle in shape of Dionysus from grave at Meroë, Sudan Nile at Antikensammlungen. Munich, Germany.
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.Greek bronze inkwell with handle in shape of Dionysus (2nd half 1st C BCE) from grave at Meroë, Sudan Nile at Antikensammlungen. Munich, Germany.

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