An Ink Bottle

These days people hardly use pens at all and if they do, it is unlikely to be a liquid ink based pen. But plenty of  older folks will remember ink wells and dip in pens from their school days. Many classes had ink monitors, given the task of filling the ink wells which may have come from a larg bottle containing Stevens Ink. As scholars got older, they progressed to fountain pens with levers on the side to squash air out of the pen’s ink tank so that new ink could be sucked in from an ink bottle. This might well have been a bottle of Quink Ink.

Today we look at a much older bottle which was dug up in the garden of 14, High Street, Easterton. This bottle was given to the museum earlier this year. As can be seen in the photo, it is not in perfect condition.

An ink bottle found at 14, High Street, Easterton and now at Market Lavington Museum

This bottle is thought to date from the early years of the twentieth century. Its clever feature is its shape – the two grooves allow pens to rest on the bottle.

Market Lavington Museum are always pleased to receive donations like this bottle as long as they have a parish connection. They help to tell the story of life in the area and many visitors enjoy seeing items which they once used themselves. If you have items to donate then please contact the curator.

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