inkwell antiques

Antique inkwell

Inkwells are truly relics of the past and considering how far we have come, they are rightly regarded as antiques. As old as written words themselves, inkwells are jars or containers that hold ink in a place suitable for easy access when writing.

Usually, the person who is writing could dip his/her brush, quill or pen into an inkwell, and then use them to write.

These inkwells have been used throughout history and they could be made up of different materials including for example:

Antique inkwells portray good craftsmanship and purposeful functionality; they were made to securely keep ink from sipping out of the jar.

2 Art Nouveau Inkwells.2 Art Nouveau Inkwells.
Lot 18572 Art Nouveau Inkwells.
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2 Art Nouveau Inkwells.At the beginning of 20. Century1x square-conical ink bottle (LOETZ?) from cobalt blue, irisiertem glasswith molten, colourless thread grid, porcelain-use andbrass mounted hinged lid with Holly relief (H 6 cm). / 1xcomplement ink bottle made of colourless glass with a molten, r...
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Lot 1961Tintenfass "Hugo", BACCARAT.
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Ink barrel "Hugo", BACCARAT.La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat, 1988. Marked. H 14 cm.Heavy hexagonal inkwell made of clear glass with glass insert andfaceted lid.With Certificate.FIG.B 123
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Lot 1968Tintenfass "Saint Exupery", BACCARAT.
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Ink barrel "Saint Exupery", BACCARAT.La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat, 1989. Marked. H 15 cm.A colorless, thick-walled glass.Imaginatively designed, oktogonales inkwell with insert and tapered plugs.With Certificate. In The Original Box.FIG.B 123
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2 Inkwells with silver mounts.2 Inkwells with silver mounts.
Lot 26152 Inkwells with silver mounts.
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2 Inkwells with silver mounts.To 1900-30. Silver, German, and English hallmarked. H 8/12,5 cm.Round crystal glass body with plain silver lid and monogram engraving "AD".Square glass body with a domed hinged lid and monogram engraving"OT". Both with ink use.Signs of wear, minimal ...
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INKWELL, ENGLISH, TH.GENTILES. MUNICH, FINENESS 800INKWELL, ENGLISH, TH.GENTILES. MUNICH, FINENESS 800
Lot 5007INKWELL, ENGLISH, TH.GENTILES. MUNICH, FINENESS 80...
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Length 28 cm
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Figurative inkwell, MEISSEN.Figurative inkwell, MEISSEN.
Lot 2973Figurative inkwell, MEISSEN.
Price:  € 180
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Figurative inkwell, MEISSEN.A Meissen Inkwell with Figural Decorations, around 1830.Brand sword on unglazed bottom, around 1830, the Ritz-no. "p. 27" andPrägeziffer "58". Design 1827-131 by Carl Gotthelf did not (attributed;1800-1849). Color and gold equipped. L 10 cm.As the old ...
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Biedermeier inkwell, MEISSEN.Biedermeier inkwell, MEISSEN.
Lot 3091Biedermeier inkwell, MEISSEN.
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Biedermeier inkwell, MEISSEN.Sword brand, around 1825/30. Blue Fond with gold painted floral edging. H 9.5 cm.Gefußter body with a small knob on the lid.Minimal Gold Abrasion.FIG.B 189
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FIGÜRLICHES TINTENFASS 'KRABBE'FIGÜRLICHES TINTENFASS 'KRABBE'
Lot 1427FIGÜRLICHES TINTENFASS 'KRABBE'
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Wohl Frankreich, um 1900Bronze, Glaseinsatz. H. 9 cm, L. 14 cm, T. 15 cm. Part. ber.
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Antique Ink Bottle

There are various kinds of antique ink bottles. For example, there were the types that sat on the desk, which were also immovable, and those that sat in holes carved into the desk specifically for the inkwells. Alternatively, there were inkwells that were designed in bottles and could be carried anywhere.

They come in different shapes such as:

  • Cone ink bottle;
  • The hexagonal and octagonal;
  • Barrel shaped ink bottle;
  • Square shaped ink bottle;
  • Cylindrical shaped ink bottles, etc.

 

Uses of Old Inkwells Today

It is absolutely wrong to think of inkwells as old and past. They are still in contemporary usage for antiquity sake. Movies need them for production, museums vie for them and royalty understand their uniqueness.

That is why, as you are thinking of owning a portrait or antique furniture, you should also consider an old antique inkwell.

Here are some contemporary usages of antique inkwells:

  • You can use them to decorate your desks;
  • You can use them to decorate your shelves;
  • You can use them to collect your pens and pencils.

Use auction antique today and choose from the world’s largest selection of antiques. Our vintage inkwells are declared on all angles as original. What we auction are a representative of our name and you can be rest assured that it is authentic.

Many of them may have sat in the rooms of royalty before, and let's not even mention the golden, glassy, or even bronze look that they carry.