This now-scarce turn of the century spouted stoneware Carter's ink bottle was produced at the turn of the century by the Enterprise Pottery Co. of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, as is clearly stamped on the side of the bottle.
It measures 7.5" inches in height by 3" in diameter. It weighs a hefty 1.5 pounds and features a shaped spout and ring neck.
It was likely made by for Enterprise by Marion Shiveley, the son of brickmaker George W. and Lida Arbuckle Shiveley. Marion was born in 1878 and at the age of about 14 began turning ink bottles at the Enterprise Pottery, where he said he made as many as 450 a day for several years.
The bottle is in good condition with one minor chip, visibly permanently ink-stained, and one superficial crack near the ring neck. There is also some superficial crazing. Our photos should show accurately the sturdy bottle's condtion.
Original these bottles would have had varying labels, depending on which kind of ink they held, and been well-corked.
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