Traveling Inkwell, Gutta Percha Civil War Era C.1880. This small but sturdy little time traveler had an important task. The assignment was to hold and secure ink for necessary communication while traveling. Letter writing during this period was basically the only means of sharing news or information. The ink holder needed to be easy to transport, and with a closure that was tight to prevent leakage.
This handsome inkwell is made of Gutta Percha which is a form of hard rubber. (Gutta Percha was quite popular during the last half of the 19th century.) Its shape takes the form of a bottle but in the classic rococo style. The pointed screw-on top was created for ease in handling when opening and closing the inkwell. The threads on both lid and bottle are quite deep indicating a very secure closure.
From fist-size stones with depressions in them to cut and carved onyx and marble, to ceramics, glass, metal and wood, the inkwell has a storied past. This little traveler inkwell is an essential part of that history, is in fabulous condition, and not to be passed up.
SIZE: 2” high.
MARKS: None apparent.
CONDITION: Very good. No chips, cracks or repairs. It has a wonderful like-new shine, indicating little use.
Traveling Inkwell, Gutta Percha Civil War Era C.1880.
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