Inks

 

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Item IK047, Cov#193, S. FINE / BLK. INK, deep chestnut brown color, deep tubular Open Pontil, 3 1/8" high, inward rolled lip, lots of bubbles in the glass, very crude looking with orange peel surface texture. A tiny bubble (1/4") has a pinhead size opening, otherwise perfect condition, finest example in this extremely rare color, $1,350
Item IK060, Cov #774, E. WATERS / TROY. NY, yellowish green, Iron Pontil, cylindrical with fancy fluted shoulder, 6 5/8" high, large applied flanged lip, bold embossing, very nice crudeness with plenty of whittle and lots of tiny to small bubbles. Has a " lip chip that has been polished to smooth the edges and some inside base stain. A very rare and beautiful master ink bottle. All the colored examples of this bottle that we have seen have some form of damage, $1,500
Item IK070, JONES - EMPIRE - INK - N.Y., emerald green, Iron Pontil, 12 sided, 7 3/8" high, applied flanged lip, bold embossing, nicely whittled, lots of bubbles in the glass. A 3/8" chip on the underside of the lip has been expertly repaired, also has a few minor wear marks. A large, beautiful and extremely rare master ink bottle. There are only a few known examples. Ex-Brian Grapentine collection, American circa 1845 to 1860, $7,800
Item IK073, Cov #575, BERTINGUIOT, olive yellow, Open Pontil, cylindrical, 2" high, sheared lip, 100's of tiny to small bubbles in the glass, perfect condition, finest example in a very rare color, American circa 1840 to 1860, $390
Item IK075, Cov #137, GIANT UMBRELLA INKWELL, medium cobalt blue, deep tubular Open Pontil, 3 1/8" high, inward rolled lip. Highly whittled, numerous bubbles in the glass, has a few minor scratches otherwise perfect. Extremely rare with only a few known examples in a blue color, America circa 1840 to 1850, $5,700
Item IK085, Cov #754, S. O. DUNBAR / TAUNTON / MASS., master ink bottle, aqua, deep tubular Open Pontil, cylindrical, 8 " high, applied tapered top with no pour spout, bold embossing, nicely whittled, 100's of tiny to medium size bubbles in the glass. Has a few tiny very minor scratches otherwise perfect, a fine example of this very rare bottle, and the largest of the Dunbar master inks, America circa 1840 to 1850, $280
Item IK089, Unlisted, 12 sided UMBRELLA INKWELL, HIGGS INK, greenish aqua, Open Pontil, inward rolled lip, 2 " high, bold embossing, has been lightly cleaned to the original luster, a nice example of this extremely rare ink from St Louis Missouri, circa 1850, $550
Item IK091, Master Ink Bottle, similar to Cov. #899, S. S. STAFFORD'S INKS / MADE IN U.S.A. / THIS BOTTLE CONTAINS ONE FULL QUART, very deep sapphire blue-almost a midnight blue in some places, 9 " high, hand tooled top with pour spout, numerous medium to large bubbles in the glass. Has been lightly cleaned to a sparkling condition, a gorgeous color, much different than the normal cobalt blue these bottles are normally found in, America circa 1900, $250
Item IK092, Cov #765, HARRISON'S / COLUMBIAN / INK, cylindrical, 7 " high, Smooth Base, medium bluish green, large applied flanged lip, bold embossing, numerous bubbles in the glass, nicely whittled, a 3/8" bubble on the front is partially open, otherwise sparkling perfect condition, extremely rare possibly unique in this color, America circa 1860, $3,400
Item IK093, Cov#753, DAVIDS & BLACK, NEW YORK, (around shoulder), bluish emerald green, Open Pontil, cylindrical, 6 1/8" high, tapered applied top, very whittled, perfect condition, a fine example of this scarce bottle, circa 1850, $340
Item IK095, DAVIDS & BLACK NEW YORK (on shoulder), medium emerald green, Iron Pontil, cylindrical, 7 7/8" high, nice crude applied tapered top, numerous bubbles in the glass. Has some in-making crazing lines on the inside surface of the neck, also has some traces of dirt on the inside that would wash out. It has an old label from F.K.BLISS OF SPRINGFIELD, MASS. This is an extremely rare size we haven't seen before. Circa 1850-1860, $340
Item IK110, Master Ink Bottle, GAYLORDS / SUPERIOR / RECORD / INK - BOSTON, light to medium yellowish olive amber, Open Pontil, cylindrical, 5 7/8" high, flared lip, nicely whittled, lots of bubbles in the glass. Has a pinhead size open bubble on the top of the lip, and a small (1/4") bruise at the edge of the base, an extremely rare bottle. There is at least one known in deep olive green, this may be the best example in terms of color, circa 1840 to 1850, $3,900
Item IK113, Umbrella Inkwell, medium blue, Smooth Base, eight sided, tooled lip, near perfect condition with a few tiny spots of high point wear and a few wisps of inside haze, a nice example in a beautiful color, America circa 1890, $450
Item IK118, Cov #1192, Blown Three Mold Inkwell, clear glass, 1 7/8" diameter X 1 " high, GII-18C pattern, Open Pontil, large applied disc lip, pristine perfect condition, probably Boston & Sandwich Glass Co, circa 1825 to 1840. Extremely rare-in fact other than the example pictured in Covill it is the only one we have seen. $3,900
Item IK119, HOENTHAL / BROTHERS & CO / INDELIBLE / WRITING INK / N. Y., yellowish olive green, Sand Chip Pontil, 7 1/8" high, applied top with pour spout, good crudeness with whittle and lots of bubbles, has a few very minor wear scratches and a small (1/4" long) narrow flake at the edge of the base, some of the lower letters are weakly embossed which is typical of this bottle, a very rare master ink, circa 1850, $1,000
Item IK124, Umbrella Inkwell, sapphire blue, Open Pontil, inward rolled lip, 2 5/8" high, nicely whittled, sparkling perfect condition, an attic type bottle not dug and cleaned like most examples you see, finest example in this beautiful color, ex-Mebane collection, America circa 1840 to 1860, $2,000
Item IK125, Umbrella Inkwell, intense cobalt blue, early Smooth Base, inward rolled lip, 2 " high, nicely whittled, sparkling perfect condition, an attic type bottle not dug and cleaned like most examples you see, finest example in this spectacular color, America circa 1850 to 1870, $1,150
   


The items below have been sold, but are left on to be used for reference.

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Item 430, Cov #519, “BUTLERS INK / CINCINNATI”, aqua, Open Pontil, 12 sided, rolled lip, 2 3/8" high, bold embossing, has some light wear scratches, possibly lightly cleaned, a nice looking early ink Sold
Item IK021, Cov #137, GIANT SIZE UMBRELLA INKWELL, medium cobalt blue, deep tubular Open Pontil, 2 15/16" high X 3" wide, inward rolled lip, highly whittled, has a few tiny spots of inside content haze, otherwise perfect, extremely rare Sold
Item IK028, UMBRELLA INKWELL, 8 sided, deep amethyst, 2 3/8" high, inward rolled lip, highly whittled, sparkling perfect condition, a gorgeous color, lighter than normal, finest example in this color Sold
Item IK035, Cov #781, GIANT ONE GALLON MASTER INK, 12 sided, 12 flutes around shoulder, 12 1/8" high, dark olive green, huge Iron Pontil, large crude applied top with pour spout, nicely whittled. Has a small (1/4" X 7/16") flake at the edge of the base, otherwise perfect, ex-William Covill Collection, thought to be the only known example of this important bottle Sold
Item IK036, Cov #715, FIGURAL LOCOMOTIVE INKWELL, "TRADE MARK" -PAT. OCT, 1874, aqua, ground lip, bold embossing. Has a tiny (1/8") chip at one lower corner of the engine body, otherwise perfect Sold
Item IK040, TEAKETTLE INK WITH STAND, white stone base, fancy metal pen holder, very ornate metal leaf decoration on the blue glass inkwell, base measures 2 5/8" X 3 ". The very tip of one leaf on the pen rest is missing, otherwise perfect, extremely rare and beautiful Sold
Item IK042, Cov #139, UMBRELLA INKWELL WITH EIGHT CONCAVE SIDES, olive green, Open Pontil, 2 3/8" high, inward rolled lip, nicely whittled, lightly cleaned to it's original luster, has a small partially open bubble at the pontil scar, a very attractive inkwell and extremely rare in this color Sold
Item IK044, Cov #527, FARLEY'S - INK, medium olive green, Open Pontil, 8 sided, 3 1/8" high, thin flared lip, bold embossing, 95% original label. There is a 5/16" crescent shaped chip on the flared lip, otherwise the bottle is perfect. The label has some staining but all the writing is easily readable. An extremely rare pure olive green color for this ink with no amber at all. Also extremely rare with a label in any condition, this is also the rarest size for a Farley's ink. This one has it all. Sold
Item IK053, Unlisted Master Ink Bottle, UNDERWOOD'S / INKS / 8 OZ, rings on shoulder and neck, embossed stars on neck, cylindrical, 6 5/8" high, intense cobalt blue, tooled lip with pour spout, very bold embossing. Has 95% original front and back multi-colored labels. The bottle is in perfect condition, a very rare and beautiful ink without the label, with the label it is extremely rare, a great master ink Sold
Item IK058, Cov #774, E. WATERS / TROY. NY, bright yellowish green, Iron Pontil, cylindrical with fancy fluted shoulder, 6 5/8" high, large applied flanged lip. Bold embossing, very nice crudeness with plenty of whittle and lots of tiny to small bubbles. Has a tiny (1/8") flake at the outside edge of the lip and a pinhead size potstone on the surface of the bottle has a tiny (1/8") line on the surface. Possibly the best example of this rare and beautiful bottle. All the colored examples of this bottle that we know about have some form of damage. America circa 1850 Sold
Item IK071, Cov #23, CONE INKWELL, medium blue, deep tubular Open Pontil, 2 " high, inward rolled lip, nice crudeness with whittle, surface texture and bubbles, a nice example of this attractive ink, America circa 1850 Sold
Item IK072, CONE INKWELL, GROSS & ROBINSON/ AMERICAN/ WRITING FLUID, aqua, deep tubular Open Pontil, 3 " high, inward rolled lip, nicely whittled. Has some very fine light scratches on the inside that are only visible using a bright light. A huge cone inkwell and extremely rare, America circa 1850. This inkwell is a candidate for the best cone inkwell in the world due to it's very large size, interesting embossing, and extreme rarity Sold
Item IK074, Cov #753, DAVIDS & BLACK NEW YORK (around shoulder), light to medium yellow olive green, large deep tubular Open Pontil, 6 " high, 3 piece mold, long tapered applied top, 100's of tiny to small bubbles in the glass, nicely whittled, sparkling perfect condition, finest possible example of this very rare master ink bottle. America circa 1850 Sold
Item IK076, Cov #1237, FANCY TEAKETTLE INKWELL, brilliant electric blue, 2 5/8" high, original brass cap. Brass cap has a minor dent otherwise perfect, a super example in a very rare and beautiful color Sold
Item IK077, Cov #661, W. E. BONNEY, figural barrel, aqua, 7 " high, applied mouth with pour spout, bold embossing, nicely whittled. Has a few wisps of inside haze from the contents, otherwise perfect, a fine example of this very rare master ink, America circa 1860 Sold
Item IK082, Cov #18, CONE SHAPE INKWELL, yellowish olive, "X" on base, Open Pontil, sheared lip, 2 " high, nicely whittled, 100's of tiny bubbles in the glass, has a few minor wear marks otherwise perfect, New England circa 1840 to 1860 Sold
Item IK086, Master Ink Bottle, HARRISON'S - COLUMBIAN - INK, deep greenish aqua, Sand Chip Pontil, 12 sided, 9 " high X 5" wide at the base, large applied mouth, bold embossing, very whittled, pristine perfect condition. Finest possible example of this extremely rare half gallon size bottle, Pennsylvania circa 1840 to 1860 Sold
Item IK097, Cone Inkwell, WOOD'S / BLACK INK / PORTLAND, deep brown, Open Pontil, sheared lip, 2 " high, perfect condition, a fine example of this scarce inkwell ex-Covill collection, circa 1850 Sold
Item IK099, Cov #520, Twelve Sided Inkwell, S. O. DUNBAR - TAUNTON MASS., light to medium bluish emerald green, Open Pontil, inward rolled lip, 2 " high, longer than normal neck, sparkling perfect condition, finest possible example of this scarce inkwell, circa 1850 Sold
Item IK100, Cov #194, Cylindrical Inkwell, HARRISON'S / COLUMBIAN / INK, light blue, deep tubular Open Pontil, inward rolled lip, 2" high, whittled, sparkling perfect condition, finest possible example, America circa 1850 Sold
Item IK103, Similar to Cov #756, Eight Sided Master Ink Bottle, ESTES - INK - N.Y., bluish emerald green, large deep tubular Open Pontil, 6 " high, unusual tapered applied top, very bold embossing, nicely whittled, an extremely rare and attractive bottle, America circa 1850 Sold
Item IK114, Cov #1422, Figural Section of Tree Trunk, "PAT JAN 17 1871", blue green with puce striations, perfect condition, this was a pen cleaner patented by Samuel Darling from Providence RI, it has a brush fastened inside to clean the pen, a very rare and beautiful object Sold
Item IK116, Cov#149, Twelve Sided Umbrella Inkwell, sapphire blue, deep tubular Open Pontil, rolled lip, 2 1/8" high, nicely whittled, sparkling perfect condition, an extremely rare and beautiful color for this inkwell, finest possible example, America circa 1830 to 1855 Sold
Item IK120, Cov #1210, Giant Size Blown Three-Mold Inkwell, grayish slag glass with black striations, 2 3/4" diameter X 2 3/8" high, GIII-20 pattern, large Open Pontil, very bold impression, has a few pinhead size flakes otherwise perfect condition, extremely rare size, probably unique color and the best possible impression. A great inkwell probably Keene Marlboro Street Glass Works, Keene, New Hampshire, circa 1820 to 1840, Sold