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Ink Wells & Stands

Do you know the difference between an ink well and an ink stand? Typically, an ink well is one bottle while an ink stand holds two or more ink vessels. However, this is far from a rule, often an elaborate ink well is called an ink stand because of its design intention to stand alone.

Below is our collection of ink wells and stands generally intended to sit on desks and be available for dipping one's pen or for refilling one's fountain pen. All of these are now long obsolete.


1884 Ink Stand

This is a two well ink stand by Speciality Novelty Works of Chicago, Illinois. It holds two pens and each pen then holds down the lid for one of the two ink wells. The one on the left is marked "Black" and is held down by the bottom pen while the one on the right is marked "Red" and is held down by the top pen. It is marked October 28, 1884.

$195.00

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Wooden Ink Stand

This little wooden ink stand has two crystal inks wells, a place to hold pens, brass hardware and one little drawer. It measures approximately 11 inches wide, 7 inches deep and 6 inches high.

$225.00

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Hayne Suspended Inkwell item# 4TOO1045

This Hayne Suspended Inkwell is by Universal Speciality Company of 151 Chambers Street, New York and dated May 18, 1897. It holds pens, two glass ink wells and a sponge with a water vessel for stamps, sealing envelopes but mostly for moistening ones fingers for turning pages and picking up sheets of paper which was a popular thing to do in the 19th century.

$175.00

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Cast Metal Ink Stand item# T107

This attractive ink stand is made of pot metal with a crystal ink well and hinged top. It was very typical thing to find atop a desk in the 19th century.

$95.00

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US Patent Model Number 22582

George M. Prentiss of Worchester, Massachusetts had a good idea for an ink well to keep a small portion of the stored ink in a readily accessible manner while protecting the bulk from spillage.

"When it is desired to raise the ink to the required height in the cup, the plunger or stem is turned, so as to bring the slot or depression in the lower part of the periphery of the same, opposite to the solid part of the well or depression and then it is raised sufficiently high to allow the upper part of the slot or depression in the lower part of the periphery of said stem or plunger so as to amit the ink into the well or depression below the same; and the said stem or plunger is then forced down into the well, causing the ink to rise in the channel-way in the stem or plunger."

A copy of the entire patent application and award is available.

$1225.00

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Brass Inkstand and Letter Holder item# 5TOO 513

This 19th century footed brass inkstand is a combination letter holder ans inkstand with two crystal inkwells. It measures approximately 9.25 inches wide, 7 inches deep and 5.5 inches high.

$125.00

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Large Brass Inkstand item# 7TOO1

This large 19th century brass inkstand holds two inkwells and measures 14 inches wide by 8 inches deep by 5 inches high.

$225.00

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Colored Glass Ink Bottles

These are 19th century ink bottles with wonderful sun and age tinted colored glass.

$25.00

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Various Inkwells

The crystal ink well with crystal lid is item # 5TOO509 and is approximately 3 inches by 3 inches by 2.5 inches high.

The glass inkwell is approximately 4 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches high. Item 7TOO502

The snail glass inkwell is approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Each inkwell is $45 and free s&h.

$45.00

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Desk Set

This very unusual desk set has a pen holder, an ink well and each little book holds a different office supply item including, paper clips, stamps, tags, rubber bands, erasers, labels, etc., etc.

$125.00

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Art Deco Bronze Ink Stand

This bronze ink stand holds two ink wells and measures 7 inches wide, 5.5 inches deep and 2 inches high.

$125.00

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Desk Lamp & Ink Stand item# 7TOO 544

This early 20th century desk lamp is approximately 10 inches wide, 5.5 inches deep and 12 inches high. The lamp and shade are adjustable and the lamp is in good working order.

$225.00

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Pewter Ink Well item# 4TOO99

This pewter ink well is 6 inches in diameter at the base and approximately 2.75 inches in diameter at the higher part.

$85.00

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Frosted Glass Ink Wells item #8TOO370

These are frosted green glass ink wells and are a matched pair. They are approximately 3 inches in diameter.

$45.00

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Dip Ink Well

This is a cast iron, 19th century, hand rest, dip ink well. This was designed for one hand to hold and dip the pen while the heel of the same hand held the ink bottle open. It is approximetely 5.5 inches logn.

$75.00

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Sengbusch Ink Well item# 5TOO38

This is a Sengbusch crystal ink well with a phenolic top and insert and it is dated 1906. It is approximately 3 inches in diameter and 3 inches high.

$45.00

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Elk Ink Stand

This is a Sheffeld silver plated Elk Ink Stand with 2 ink wells and a pen holder. It is approximately 7 inches long, 5 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches high.

$195.00

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Sengbrusch Ink Stands item # 5TOO 14

These are two Sengbrusch self closing ink stands dated 1907. They are crystal ink wells with phenolic plastic tops and inserts. Made by Sengbrusch in Milw, Wisc. They measure approximately 3 inches in diameter and 3 inches high. These are not a pair and we are selling them each.

$45.00

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Eastlake Victorian Ink Stand

This classic snail ink stand is dated 1879. It is in the Victorian Eastlake style. Each snail ink well tips down to expose the opening for dipping ones pen and then is returned to hold and keep the ink from spilling.

$235.00

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Easterbrook Ink Well

A very Art Deco Easterbrook ink well in its original carton. It is approzimately 3.5 inches in diameter and about 2 inches high.

$60.00

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Crystal Ink Wells

These are three individual crystal inkwells we are selling for $30 each.

$30.00

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Stoneware Ink Wells

Each is an early stoneware inkwell and each is approximately 1.88 inches in diameter and each is priced at $30.

$30.00

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Twisted Crystal Ink Stand item# 7TOO475

This is a cast metal ink stand holding two twisted crystal ink wells with glass lids and a center jars. There are no cracks or chips in the glass pieces. The stand is approximately 11 inches long, 5.5 inches deep and 3.5 inches high.

$125.00

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Victorian Ink Stand item #5TOO403

Victorian metal and crystal ink stand & pen holder. It is cast iron with green patina and circa: 1880s. It is approximately 8 inches wide and 5.5 inches high.

$185.00

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Art Deco Glass & Plastic Ink Stand

This is a classic Art Deco glass ball and plastic ink stand from the 1930s. It holds a dip pen and tilts to provide ink to the pen, hopefully, without spilling any ink.

$125.00

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