Ink Bottles

Ink bottles of the 19th century came in an amazing array of shapes, sizes, and colours. The standard glass ink bottle only held a couple of ounces of ink, but this was plenty for the normal writing needs of the day. Businesses, or others that required greater amounts of ink, could purchase it in bulk ("Master Ink") form. The bulk bottles were generally stoneware or glass. This is the newest, and smallest, part of the collection, but I suspect that it will continue to grow with time.

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Blackwood & Co.

Nice clean example of a Blackwood & Co. 8-sided shear-top ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Nice pale green colour.  “Blackwood & Co. London” is imprinted on the side.

 

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Doulton Lambeth "Church Warden"

1870’s Doulton Lambeth master ink bottle in the Church Warden shape. As close to mint condition as you can get. A beautiful piece with no chips, cracks or blemishes. There is a registration mark impressed on one side but it is not clear what the date is. Doulton Lambeth markings are clearly impressed on other side of bottle.

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Francis Mordan

Great example of an ink bottle from Francis Mordan (son of Sampson Mordan and owner of his own company that made & sold pens & inks). This is a shear-top in light aqua green.

 

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Francis Mordan Master Ink

Master ink bottle from Francis Mordan. Victorian Mordan dagger brand pouring lip ink bottle c1870’s-1890’s. Tiny base flake otherwise good.

 

 

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Francis Mordan - Bell Ink

Larger sized, bell-shaped shear-top , ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. Marked “F.M. & Co.” on the side, along with the Mordan “sword”.

 

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Francis Mordan - Cotton Reel

”Cotton reel”, shear-top , ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. No maker’s name but it is marked with the Francis Mordan “sword”.

 

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H. Morrell Teakettle Ink

Honey glazed stoneware tea kettle ink, made for the company H. Morrell of London. The front side of the ink is impressed H. MORRELL LONDON. There are pen rests on top of the ink. There is a Registration mark stamped on the back of the ink which indicates that the design was registered on January 24, 1883. The tea kettle stands 2-1/2 inches high and is 3 inches dia. at the base. One tiny flea bite chip in glazing along edge of one pen rest groove.

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Hyde & Co - Master Ink

Hyde London Victorian Ink Pourer bottle c1880’s-1890’s. Small size. Tiny base bruise, otherwise excellent. "Hyde & Co." 

 

 

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Hyde & Co.

Nice clean example of a Hyde shear-top ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Nice dark green colour.

 

 

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Hyde & Co.

Hyde 8-sided shear-top ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Nice pale green colour.

 


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H.J.H.

Shear-top ink bottle, embossed "H.J.H. Writing Ink" "B.B." Approx. 1880-1890. Excellent condition.

 

 

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J. Field

J. Field shear-top ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Nice pale green colour.

 

 

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J. Field

Square J. Field shear-top , with pen rests, ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. Marked “J. Field” on the base.

 

 

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Field's Ink & Gum

Scarce stoneware Field's ink & gum master ink bottle with pouring lip; c1900. Tiny flake to back rim, otherwise in very good condition.

 


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Field's Ink & Gum

Common Field's ink bottle. No chips or cracks. Nice aqua colouring.

 

 

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Field's Ink & Gum

Common Field's ink bottle. This one has one tiny chip on the lip and some roughness around the neck. Nice aqua colouring.

 

 

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Lyons 

Lyons square shear-top , with pen rests, ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Aqua blue colour.

 

 

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Lyons - Cotton Reel

Lyons ”cotton reel”  ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. Marked “Lyons Ink”. It’s uniquely wonky so it must have come out of the mold while still quite hot, but perfectly fine.

 

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Moncrieff - Cotton Reel

Moncrieff ”cotton reel”  ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. Marked “Moncrieff”.

 

 

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Ma & Pa Carter

This pair of Ma & Pa Carter inkstands measure 3 3/4" in height.  The bottom is marked "Made in Germany" in a circle.  This mark was used by the German firm of Heubach Bros. but it can't be confirmed as the mark was also used by other German companies.  Incised "Carter's Inx" on the back.  Very good condition with no chips, cracks or repairs on the visible portion of the bottles.  Ma & Pa Carter Inx were originally advertised in the Saturday Evening Post of September 12, 1914.  The ad read, "Mr. & Mrs. Carter Inx - the little porcelain inkstands that made such a hit last fall lead the Carter line and bring to your desk a personality that will be an inspiration".  These advertising gimmicks were given away with a 25-cent coupon that were included in Carter's advertisements.  Some sources claim they were only made for two years when production was interrupted by World War I.  They were patented January 6, 1914.

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Pridge's Master Ink

Pridge’s Inks master ink bottle. An excellent piece with no chips, cracks or blemishes. Also stamped with bottle makers name - “Stiff & Sons, London” and “II”, which is likely the bottle size.

 

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Stafford's Master Ink

Stafford's master ink bottle; c1900. Appears mold blown; a few bubbles in the glass. No chips, cracks, or other damage.

 

 

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Unknown Maker

Square shear-top , with pen rests, ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Rich deep green colour.

 

 

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Unknown Maker

Square shear-top , with pen rests, ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Clear colour. This one is a little rubbed in places from wear.

 

 

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Unknown Maker

Square shear-top , with pen rests, ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Very pale green colour. There is an “M” inside a spade shape (card spade) on either side of the bottle neck; not sure what company that is.

 

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Blackwood & Co.

Tiny “igloo” style ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. Marked “Blackwood & Co. Patent London; letter “A” embossed on top.

 

 

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Judsons Gum

"Royal Mailbox" shaped gum bottle. No chips or cracks. Light green colour. One side is marked “Judsons Gum” and the other has a blank area to affix a sales label to.

 

 

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Derby All British

Triangular shaped ink. Very nice example. Has reinforcing ridge around middle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. One side is marked “Derby All British” .

 

 

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H.C. Stephens

Bell shaped ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. Base is marked “H.C. Stephens London”.

 

 

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H.C. Stephens

Bell shaped ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. Loads of bubbles in the glass on this one. Base is marked “H.C. Stephens London”.

 

 

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Unknown Maker

Boat shaped ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Beautiful cobalt colour, with a few tiny flakes of white milk glass embedded in the glass when it was made.

 

 

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Francis Mordan - Octagonal Ink

Nice clean example of a small, octagonal shear-top , ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Light green colour. Marked “F.M. & Co.” on the side, along with the Mordan “sword”.

 

 

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Unknown Maker

Nice clean example of spool shear-top ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks. Deep green colour.

 

 

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Unknown Maker

Nice clean example of pale blue square shear-top ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks.

 

 

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Unknown Maker

Nice clean example of cobalt blue square shear-top ink bottle. This one has no chips or cracks.

 

 

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