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Old Ink Well (bottle)

geofrac

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Jun 14, 2019
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I recently found this in an antique (junk store) and thought it was unusual; looked on the web and couldn't find anything about it.

It made by Sanford Mfg Co with a '5' above it, with "Patn Apld For" on the base. Lots of bubbles and is a mold.

Anything information about would be helpful,

Thanks,

Greg Stanley
Bakersfield CA
 

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CanadianBottles

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May 24, 2014
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That is unusual. I'm wondering if the circular depression is a result of being too close to a fire rather than part of the original design.
 

sandchip

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Sep 1, 2008
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It must be part of the mold, because I found a few more with the same feature. A spot to keep a little blotting sand, maybe? Sounds a little messy, but that's all that I've been able to think of so far.

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saratogadriver

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Sep 10, 2009
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Maybe some sort of little blotter for the tip of the nib? With patent applied for and being pre-abm, it's pre 1900. probably 1890s. Neat little ink. A lot of these sorts of forms were sold as Patent Ink Stands. It would be cool to see what the label would have called it.

Jim G
 

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