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Updated October 6, 2015

Vintage Blotters

Written references to blotting paper in America have been found dating to as early as 1791. It was not until the 1850s that blotting paper came into common use in America, when Joseph Parker and Son started manufacturing blotting by means of the Foundrinier Paper Machine. In 1872, a patent was issued for improved blotting paper which featured a smooth surface on one side. Rocker blotters were an important piece of desk equipment from the late 1880s until the 1950s.

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R144 Black Amethyst Figural Elephant rocker blotter $70

ca. 1930s Houze depression glass rocker blotter. Figural elephant on rocker base measures 3.5 wide and is about 2.75 inches tall. Clips included to hold blotting paper. Excellent condition.


R152 Jadeite Scotty Dog Rocker Blotter $90

Made by the THEW company during the Depression in 1930s. Jadeite green glass figural rocker blotter complete with the clips to attach blotting paper. Measures 3.5 x 1 7/8 inches, height is 2.5 inches. Jadeite is a beautiful semi-translucent glass. Excellent condition.


R161 Rocker Blotter, Letter Opener and Desk Blotter Corners Set $50

Vintage hand painted wood rocker blotter, letter opener and desk pad-blotter corners set. Lots of gilding and soft hues of light blue and soft pink. Letter opener measures 10.75 inches. Rocker blotter face measures 5 5/8 x 3 1/16 inches, height is 2.5 inches, fresh blotter paper installed. Triangular desk pad corners are 3.75 inches square including a thin piece to slip below your desk pad. Very light wear to high points of painted finish, overall very good condition.


R166  $50

Art Metal Rocker Blotter - Beautiful rocker blotter with simple lines is a great size for signature blotting.  Top face is a subtle bronze art metal finish, the maker did their job well on this one because both sides of the face as well as the rocker are in the same art metal finish.  Brass ends complete the decoration and hold the blotting paper in place.  Face measures 4.5 x 2 1/8 inches, height is 7/8 inch.  This looks like it was made by Heintz or Silver Crest, but there is no mark.  That in itself is not unusual because generally manufacturers of desk accessories only marked one piece in the set assuming the desk accessories would stay together for life and back in the 1920s, no one really cared if there was a maker’s mark on each piece anyway! Excellent condition.   


Many times the figural glass rocker blotters from the 1930s Depression era are missing the clips that hold on the blotting paper. This includes the Scotty Dog, Elephant, Sailboat and Pony. We now have available reproduction clips for this series that look almost exactly like the original clips used.

CLIPS Set of 2 Rocker Blotter Clips $5

Don't Forget the Blotting Paper!

"Blotting paper is back in stock!"

Handy to have around whether you are doing repairs or just writing a letter! High grade 110LB absorbent blotting in white, each sheet measures 4 x 9 inches. This is not the flimsy cardboard-like paper some people are passing off as blotting paper these days!

BLOT Blotting Paper, pack of 4 sheets $1

BLOT25 Blotting Paper, pack of 25 sheets $5.75

BLOT50 Blotting Paper, pack of 50 sheets $10

Advertising Blotters

Advertising blotters, up until the 1950s and the introduction of practical ballpoints were as common as business cards are today. Nearly every company in business in the 1920s through the 1950s handed out blotters with their advertising on the front. We are pleased to offer select advertising blotters from days gone by!

B1634 Parker advertising blotter $5

ca. 1990s, white with black imprint. Measures 2.75 x 4 5/8 inches. Never used, perfect condition.


B1641 Lowe's Flowers $2

Lowe's Flower Shop in Oklahoma City, OK, ca. late 1940s-early 1950s Full color, laminated floral advertisement - From You on Her Birthday. Measures 2.5 x 5 inches. Excellent condition.


B1652 Advertising Blotter $3

Wilson Jones columnar forms from the days when accounting was still done on paper with pen and ink. Printed on white gloss in red and blue, goofy horse with pencil behind it's ear and imprint from Asthalter's in Musacatine, Iowa. Asthalter's was an office supply store in business from 1907 - the mid 1970s. Measures 3.25 x 3 inches, un-used white blotting on back side. Mint condition.



B1659 Elegant 1917 Calendar Blotter $60

This is a pretty amazing souvenir blotter complete with gift box. Embroidered silk cover is attached to four pieces of un-used blotting paper with a beaded and nicely tied yellow ribbon. Embroidered on the silk cover: San Diego Time Passes Friendship Remains Merry Xmas. In the bottom left corner is a small monthly 1917 calendar. This elegant blotter sits inside a simple cardboard box, the lid is wrapped in festive red and green holiday paper. Blotter measures 9.25 x 3.5 inches. There is a small tear to the silk in the top left corner, ends are fringed as they were originally. A small area of the holiday wrapping on the lid is missing. Otherwise this piece is very clean and in very good condition, especially considering this piece is going on 100 years old! Hoping it will go to a loving home.


B1660 1941 Haunted Advertising Blotter $6

January 1941 calendar blotter with the word Haunted at the top, a ghostly image and a scared business man at the bottom.  The jist of the text is to not be Haunted by Deadlines and to call Northwestern for all your engraving needs. Northwestern Photo Engraving Co Operating Day and Night on La Salle Street in Chicago Ill.
Measures 4 x 9 inches. Pink blotting on back side has not been used.
Very good condition.



B1661 Eaton's Writing Papers Blotter $10

This old white blotter with black imprint on front bears the crest for Eaton, Crane and Pike Made in Berkshire, I believe that would date it to the early 1920s. One very small ink mark on the back side, this blotter seems to have been used once or perhaps accidentally absorbed the small mark of black ink. Measures 5.5 x 3.25 inches. Excellent condition.


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