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Object ID # 1959.001.084abc
Object Name Inkwell
Title Bog Oak Inkwell
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Date pre-1958
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Ireland, United Kingdom
Description This is an ornately-patterned and black wooden cylindrical ink container, with a lid. The outer shell is bog oak. It has a glossy black colour (reminiscent of ebony). There is a small inner colourless glass well to hold ink. The black outer shell is worked with a decorative shamrock pattern and sawtooth-like lines. "INK" is present in a banner motif on the top of the lid. The exterior is bell-shaped (has a broad round base that tapers into its body). This pedestal-like effect helps to keep the inkwell from tipping. The underside of the bottom has two scored rings. The fitted lid is made of a solid piece of bog oak. It two has two scored rings on its underside. Its sides have two scored rings as well. The inkwell is cylindrical in shape and its base has a recessed, multi-ringed embossed look, while the walls have a wavy appearance. The lip is thick and has a notched area (perhaps intended for scraping excess ink off the pen nib?). See RELATED for matching items (cigarette box and match box).
Function: This is a decorative receptacle for pen ink. It would be used in conjunction with a nibbed dip pen. The cover helped to prevent evaporation of the ink or any debris from getting into it when one was not using the inkwell. The inkwell was part of a desk set.
Provenance Bog oak obtained from Ireland. This Irish inkwell is part of a desk set that formerly belonged to a clergyman, Dr. Arthur Harding Priest. Subsequently owned by his wife, Stella Priest (neƩ Bowlby).
Collection Office Equipment & Accessories Collection
Material Wood/Glass
Dimensions H-5.5 Dia-7.3 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Priest, Dr. Arthur Harding