I was admiring the pictures of the inks and just thought you would be interested to know that numbers 14 and 175, the two small diamond patterned bottles on small applied feet are not inks. These little gems are 18th century spice shakers. I forget what book they are published in but I know it is true for I found one of these with the original copper cap. The cap had five small holes in the top and the edge of the cap was slightly bent in to grip the neck and it had a slit in the edge which allowed the cap to be taken off to refill the bottle. It would also be very impractical to make an ink with such a small foot as these spice shakers have, allowing it to tip over so easily and make a mess.
Thanks for the update Rob. A very interesting explanation of a salt shaker. Thanks for teaching us experts something new.
oh man!!! LOL, i thought i better stop ”collecting” for now (spending money on bottles). I have the dug the blue drapery years ago and then then bought the aqua, I SOLD the aqua example to raise money for my daughter education. She graduated college, then was offered a job at MT SINAI hospital in NYC doing research right after graduation. She also won a Fulbright scholarship teaching english to Spaniards in barcarolle Spain.
She had to decide between the two (the Sinai gig is a very coveted job). I felt she should take the Fulbright (hands down) but she had to make up her own mind. I knew what ever I said she would do the exact opposite… so… I said ”oh, definitely take the hospital gig in NYC because then you can come up to Woodstock and take care of your old man once a month! SHE TOOK THE FULBRITE!!
BOTTOM LINE, i got the aqua one back. So, i really want to add the green one (which i was trying to get for 20 yrs)… what is the price?
Is there a list of inkwell collectors in the U.S.? (or just bottle collectors in general)
If so, where could I find this list?
Would appreciate any help.
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