This is an inkwell owned by the Copp Family of Stonington, Connecticut during the 19th century. The bottle has a well in the center for holding the tip of the quill pen. Examples of pens that were used in this ink bottle can be seen in DL*006512.02.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
Object Name
bottle, ink
date made
ca 1750
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
colonial (overall style)
overall: 1 3/4 in x 1 1/8 in; 4.445 cm x 2.8575 cm
overall: 2 in x 1 1/8 in; 5.08 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp

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