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Object ID # 1959.001.008abc
Object Name Inkwell
Title Bog Oak Desk Set
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Date 20th-century
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1958
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Ireland, United Kingdom
Description "Bog Oak" shamrock-decorated desk set. A. Inkwell - This bog oak inkwell has a flat, circular bottom with two incised rings on it. The ink well is a glossy black in colour, reminiscent of ebony. The exterior of the ink well is bell-shaped. It is carved or pressed at the bottom with a border of upwards-pointing merged triangles. The area above this is decorated with three-leafed shamrocks on a vine, and there is a top border with an incised sawtooth and dot design. The fitted lid is 4.8 cm in diameter and is a solid piece of bog oak. It has two incised rings on its underside. Its sides have two horizontal incised rings. The top of the lid is slightly convex, with a clover design and a banner with "INK" on it. The inkwell's glass insert inside is made of colourless glass and is cylindrical in shape. Its base has a recessed multi-ring embossed base. The glass walls have a wavy appearance. The lip is thick and has a notched area (perhaps intended for scraping excess ink off the nib?).
No maker's identification on it
B. & C. (located 16:1:34 - Accessories, Desk & Office Box 1) - Matching cigarette box and match box, also made in bog oak.
Provenance Manufacturer unknown. Belonged to Arthur Harding Priest, a respected Anglican official who was born and raised in Owen Sound, Ontario. His father was Arthur Priest, an Owen Sound businessman. "Harding" graduated from Trinity College in 1914, and soon after went to Europe during the First World War. Overseas, he met Stella Bowlby, a nursing sister, whom he married in 1921. Dr. Arthur Harding Priest served as a chaplain in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (C.E.F.) during the Great War (First World War), and was mentioned in despatches. He later became well-known throughout Canada as a religious educator. He rose to the highest position in his field in the Canadian Anglican Church before he died in 1958.
Collection Office Equipment & Accessories Collection
Material Wood/Glass
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Priest, Dr. Arthur Harding
Subjects Ireland
Function A set of matching items that would be usually kept on a desk (= a desk set). A decorative container for ink, that could be used with a nibbed pen for writing purposes.