Don’t you just love the look of an inkwell sitting on a desk? There’s something about it – the quill pens, the inkwells, all of that which just makes me smile thinking about long past times.
When I saw this buried amongst a bunch of junk at a flea market, I was immediately drawn to it. I haven’t found much information about it but I did find pictures of ones that looked just like this online and they were said to be made of clay (it does feel like clay when you hold it – a very strong sturdy clay) and from the Civil War era. I have seen them selling for anywhere from $32 to 50 US so my purchase of $4 was certainly a good one!
Here’s a site where they have similar ink wells for sale: http://pages.gunsightantiques.com/5052/PictPage/1920736672.html