Ink Container

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Vessel Type
Stoneware ink bottle.


Alternate Names: Small Ink Bottle


Country of Origin:
Manufacture Date Range: to


General Description: Ink containers come in a huge variety of shapes but general would hold between 2 to 4 ounces of ink (Lindsey 2010).
Materials: Container Glass, Ceramic Wares
Types: Cone Inks, Plain Cone, Ring Shoulder Cone (also known as Rink Cone and Cone Carmine), Round Ink (also known as Cylinder Ink and Round Mucilage), Umbrella
Manufacturing Technique: Mold blown, Machine Molded
Container Colour: Amber, Aqua, Blue-green, Cobalt Blue, Colourless, Green, Olive Green
Closure Type: Cork, Metal Cap, Screw Cap, Stopper
Finish Type: Bead Finish, Cracked-Off Finish, Fire Polished Finish, Patent Finish, Rolled Finish
Body Type: Cylindrical, Multi-sided, Rectangular, Square
Decorative Techniques: Embossing, Labelling


Similar to inkwells, ink containers were small bottles that were filled with ink from a master ink bottle and used directly for dipping quills into. The difference was that an ink bottle was much more utilitarian and often had no decoration making it a much cheaper item.

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