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Bell-shaped inkwell with molded base having a low-domed lid with ovoid finial on three-knuckle hinge and inset flat bottom; shoulder pierced with four holes for holding quills. Contains a tapered cylindrical, cobalt blue-glazed earthenware insert or liner for ink. No marks.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1850 - 1870
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
pewter (inkwell material)
earthenware, lead-glazed (insert material)
overall: 3 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 7.9375 cm x 8.5725 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Alma R. Duckworth
Commercial Furnishings
writing implements
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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