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This is the place to be for old ink bottles from the early 1800s up to the 1960s. Many of the bottles we have listed are strictly for the ink bottle collector. We also have a number of older ink bottles that still contain useable fountain pen inks which many fountain pen aficionados prefer over modern day inks.

In addition to our selection of vintage ink bottles on this page, you'll also find related items such as ink eraser fluids, rubber stamp inks and travelling ink bottle containers.


Old Inks in Your Pens

Many people ask us if they should use old ink and we believe this is another one of those common sense issues! We use 50+ year old ink frequently in new fountain pens and vintage fountain pens with excellent results. Before using old inks, you need to take a few precautions.

Vintage Ink Precautions:

1. Check to make sure there is no sediment, mold or other non-ink substance floating around or in the bottom of the bottle. Solids don't flow well, keep them in the bottle and out of your pens.

2. Look at the color of the ink, if it has taken on an odd hue that just doesn't look right - keep the ink in the bottle.

3. Unscrew the lid and take a little sniff, if you notice any unusual odor, screw the lid back on and refrain from using the ink.

Vintage Blue and Blue-Black inks
seem to have survived the years better than other colors of inks and are a pretty good place to start if you're looking to try vintage inks. Older Sheaffer Skrip, Parker Quink and Carter's Inks are generally pretty stable inks and we've had good results using these.

Never, never, ever use Drafting, Drawing or India Inks
in a fountain pen - these contain shellac which can gum up the insides of a fountain pen quickly. Early iron gall based inks can also be very corrosive to a fountain pen and I urge that you try them out with a dip pen or glass pen instead of a fountain pen.






The National Postal Museum website has some great information about V-Mail and how it worked during the Second World War. Many of the major ink manuafacturers made special V-Mail inks during WWII including Parker, Sheaffer, Staffords and others.





Vintage & Collectible Inks

I985 Sanford No. 274 Blue Black Fountain Pen Ink - clear 1.5 ounce cylindrical bottle with light blue, dark blue, red and yellow label. Embossed Sanfords on bottom. This bottle would have originally had a cork stopper, but the stopper is missing. Ink dust in bottle. Measures 1.75 inches diameter and is 2 3/8 inches tall. Label in very good condition. $25
I1028 Visco Ink Bottle - I1028Visco Ink, Visco Chemical Products Co, Cleveland, OH - clear 4 oz ink bottle with cork stopper (no adornment on top, just a cork). Yellow, red and blue label with fountain pen illustrated. The label has several creases in the center area, bottom right label corner is missing. Bottle measures 2.5 inches square and is 2.75 inches tall. Ink dust in bottle. Unusual label, have not seen Visco Ink before. $25
I1034 Osmiroid Ink Bottle - I1034Osmiroid Red Calligraphic Ink, ca. 1980s, made by Hunt Speedball in Statesville, NC under license from ES Perry in England. Cone shaped 2 oz clear bottle. Plastic screw on lid is embossed on top with the Speedball "S", small amount of ink in bottle. Base of bottle is embossed: Hunt Mfgr Co, Statesville North Carolina, Speedball USA, Measures 2.25 dia and is 2.25 inches tall. $10
I1054 Bottle - I1054F. Werer Co Waterproof Drawing Ink, clear oz dropper bottle with black and white elaborate label. Embossed on bottom: F Werer Co Phila and in the center a quite detailed embossing of a Sphinx. Very dried up ink inside bottle. Cork style lid with dropper is loose. Some specks of ink on the label, but overall not too bad and quite unusual. $25
I1180
Parker Superchrome ink, ca. early 1950s, clear glass rectangular bottle with ribbed sides, black metal screw on lid with Parker imprint in silver. 3 ounce bottle. Blue Black, no ink, Illustration of Parker 51 fountain pen on label. Very good bottle and cap, light wear to label at top right edge.
$10
I1202
Sanford - I1202

Sanford's Penit White Ink in original box - clear - ounce diamond pressed glass bottle, white metal lid with black imprint: Sanford's White Ink Shake Well. Base measures 1.25 inches square and bottle is 1 7/8 inches tall. Dark blue box with white lettering and printing on all sides. Front: For Albums and Greeting Cards, Side: for Dark Colored Stationery, Back: The Smart Way & directions for use, Side: for scrapbooks. Big chunks of dried white ink inside bottle. Excellent condition.

$15
I1279 bottle

Parker 61 Instant Ink - ca. 1961. General consensus amongst the Parker gurus is that these are far more rare than the Parker 61 pens they're designed to be used with! Rarity does not always equate to expensive and these are much less than a Parker 61 fountain pen! Parker Instant Ink is a Super Quink Ink concentrate for use with the Parker 61. The idea was to plug the Instant Ink cartridge onto the end of the capillary filler, dunk in water, let it mix with the ink and feed into the pen. Ink cartridge is still sealed in the package. I doubt the ink concentrate is still usable, but I'll leave that for you to try if you decide to do so! Very good condition.

$12
I1280 bottle

Parker 61 Instant Ink - ca. 1961. General consensus amongst the Parker gurus is that these are far more rare than the Parker 61 pens they're designed to be used with! Rarity does not always equate to expensive and these are much less than a Parker 61 fountain pen! Parker Instant Ink is a Super Quink Ink concentrate for use with the Parker 61. The idea was to plug the Instant Ink cartridge onto the end of the capillary filler, dunk in water, let it mix with the ink and feed into the pen. Ink cartridge is still sealed in the package. I doubt the ink concentrate is still usable, but I'll leave that for you to try if you decide to do so! Most of package is missing, ink cartridge intact.

$10
I1382 bottle

Figural Shoe Ink Bottle - ca. 1850s blown clear glass ink bottle is in the shape of a shoe. Measures 4 inches long, 1 1/8 inches wide and 1.5 inches tall. Figural inkwells such as these are rarely seen. This one is in excellent condition.

$100
I1395 bottle

Early Pelikan clear glass bottle with rubber stopper. Stopper is embossed with the famous Pelikan logo - the Pelikan is in her nest with two baby birds. Label reads: Pelikan Cola Semi-Liquida Cont. Neto 16cc. Industria Argentina. One of my Argentinian friends kindly translated that Cola Semi-Liquida is similar to what we in the US know as rubber cement. Indeed there is some non-liquid brownish substance in the bottle that resembles rubber cement. The label also has a light coat of the same substance, but no interference with clearly being able to read the label. Bottle measures 1 3/8 inches diameter, height is 1 7/8 inches. Very unusual.

$20
I1412 bottle

Carterís Rytoff Bottle - Rytoff was one of many names Carter's used over the years for their vast line of Ink Erasers and Ink Removers. This small concave sided amber glass bottle would have once been part of a kit inside a Carter's tin. Black faceted bakelite lid. There is liquid inside the bottle, but this stuff was taken off the market many decades ago, I don't think I'd try it. Bottle measures about 1.75 in side at base and is 2.75 inches tall. Very good condition with a great label.

$10
I1421 bottle

Parker Superchrome Ink Bottle, rectangular clear bottle with ribbing on two sides, black metal screw on cap is printed Parker in silver. Black and white label shows the Parker 51 fountain pen. Jet Black. 3 fluid ounces. Dried ink in bottle. Little ink smudge on label, otherwise very good condition.

$12
I1431 bottle

Carterís Two Solution Ink Eradicator No. 492 - READ FIRST: This is a vintage collectible item, I am certain the chemicals in the solutions have broken down over time and it is not going to eradicate anything. Ink Eradicator was taken off the market many years ago. I tell you this because someone always asks!

Bright blue and white tin is marked: Carter's Two Solution Ink Eradicator No. 492. Dual Purpose. Takes out ink completely. Re-surfaces the paper. Inside the tin are two bottles, one amber and one clear, both have faceted bakelite lids. A small piece of cork separates the two bottles and instructions for use are included. Tin measures 2 1/8 in diameter, height is 3 1/8 inches. Nice, clean tin with great graphics in excellent condition.

$10
I1435 bottle

Carter's No. 495 Rytoff Ink Eradicator, ca. 1970s, amber cone shaped bottle with black plastic screw on cap. Red, white and black box. Measures 2 in dia and 2 1/8 in high. Bottle is empty.

$10
I1438 bottle

Caws clear glass ink bottle, front is embossed: Caws Ink & Pen Company New York. Base measures 2 1/8 in dia, height is 3.25 in. One small chip on applied lip. Very nice condition and a hard to find ink bottle.

$35
I1442 bottle

Carter's Two Solution Ink Eradicator, ca. 1950s, white, blue & black tin, two bottles inside, one clear, one amber with instruction pamphlet. Measures 2 in dia, height is 3 1/8 inches. Very crisp and clean tin!

$10
I1444 bottle

Carter's Rytoff Ink Eraser tin, red, black and white. Catchy graphics - Simple, Quick, Apply .. Then Blot. Single bottle inside. Measures 2 1/8 in dia, height is 3 1/8 in.

$10
I1456 bottle

Early 1900s Sanford's printed linen pen wiper touting the virtues of Sanford's Drawing Ink. Printed in blue on white linen. ZigZag cut edges. It's been used a few times as is evident from the blue ink stains and has a few wrinkles and creases, but is definitely a neat old piece of Sanford Ink history. Measures 4 x 8 inches.

$10
I1457 bottle

Carterís No. 481 Indelible Cloth Marking Ink Outfit - Complete boxed set includes wooden stretcher, red, white & blue labeled bottle of Indelible ink (ink dust inside), wood mini dip pen and Carterís steel nib. Complete instruction pamphlet also included. Box measures 4.25 x 2 x 2.5 inches tall. Great graphics and a nice little kit from the late 1940s.

$10
I1471 bottle

Parker Quink Permanent Red Ink Bottle, ca. 1940s, clear art deco styled 2 ounce bottle, black metal screw on cap is printed Parker Quink in silver. Just a little bit of red ink dust in the bottle. Crisp bright red and white label. Includes blue and white box with two remaining flaps advertising the Parker 51 and Vacumatic filling. Bottle is excellent, box shows shop wear on edges and is missing to top flaps.

$12
I1476 bottle

Parker Quink Permanent Red Ink, ca. 1940s, clear art deco styled 2 ounce bottle, black metal screw on cap is printed Parker Quink in silver. Full bottle of what appears to be useable permanent red Quink Ink. Bright label, excellent condition, box shows light shop wear.

$15
I1479 bottle

Parker Superchrome Jet Black Ink, ca. 1950s, clear rectangular bottle with ribbing on the sides, Parker 51 fountain pen illustrated on the label. Black metal screw on cap printed Parker in silver. Very good label and bottle, rust on outer edges of the cap. Dried Jet Black ink inside bottle.

$6
I1480 bottle

Parker Superchrome Jet Black Ink, ca. 1950s, clear rectangular bottle with ribbing on the sides, Parker 51 fountain pen illustrated on the label. Black metal screw on cap printed Parker in silver. Very good label and bottle, rust on outer edges of the cap. Dried Jet Black ink inside bottle.

$10
I1488 bottle

Drafting Ink Bottle and Stand - Very, very heavy steel stand with old Higgins drafting ink bottle in the center. Common sense tells me that the ink bottle should come out of the stand to replace, but it doesn't, it's an ink bottle with steel cast around. So you would have to carefully refill it and it wouldn't have been unusual to refill a small bottle like this from a master ink anyway. Higgins bottle comes with stopper and glass dropper built in. Base measures 3 x 3.25 inches. Very unusual piece and I am pretty sure the metal stand was hand made just for this bottle.

$40
I1494 bottle

Sheaffer Skrip, Jet Black, 2 ounce bottle, flat metal cap with NO imprint (unusual), NO Skripwell and this bottle really should have one (very unusual), yellow and blue box printed in English and French. Bottle full of usable Skrip. This unusual bottle without a SkripWell is truly a collectible! Very good condition.

$20
I1497 bottle

Onward Writing Ink Bottle Clear, square ink bottle with a three sided red, black and white label: Amidst nice flourishes - Onward Writing Ink Red For Fountain and General Use Made in USA. Wood topped cork stopper style cap is painted red. There is still a little red ink in the bottom of the bottle. Measures 1.75 inches square, height is 2.5 inches. One tiny corner of the label on top left side is torn, otherwise very good condition. PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase and do not care for the ink which I would not recommend using, we would prefer to empty the ink out before shipping to avoid any leakage on the label.

$15
I1498 bottle

Thomas & Co. Ink Bottle with Portrait Lid Aqua Ink bottle has a very nice cork stopper lid of hard rubber with an embossed silhouette of Mr. Thomas. Ribbed edge on lid. Cork intact. Bottle is embossed on bottom: Thomas & Co 50. 1 5/8 inches square at base, height is 2 5/8 inches. No label, Very clean and very good condition with only a smooth nick to the shoulder rim. Not your everyday bottle!

$35
I1512 bottles

Higgins India Ink Bottle No. 4415, ca. 1970s, 1 ounce clear glass dropper style bottle with black and white label. Small amount of India Ink in the bottle. Includes black and white box, but it is well worn. Bottle in very good condition. This dropper style bottle makes a good bottle when cleaned up for ink mixing and storing your special colors.

$5
I1513 bottles

Higgins India Ink Bottle, No. 4415, ca. 1970s, 1 ounce clear glass dropper style bottle. No label, bottle is empty. Bottle in very good condition. This dropper style bottle makes a good bottle when cleaned up for ink mixing and storing your special colors.

$5
I1535
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bottles Renard Ink Powder with Package - Vintage French red ink powder with original outer package. Two small cardboard boxes filled with red ink powder, the small boxes are bright red with bright yellow printing and a great illustration of a fox. The red boxes have never been opened, I am sure they still contain ink powder, as to whether it is still stable, I'm not so sure. Makes one litre of ink. These two small boxes are inside the original outer wrapping paper, a sort of oilskin type heavy paper package with a Renard label on the front. The small red boxes are in absolutely pristine condition. The outer wrapper has been neatly opened on one end and overall is very good - label clearly readable and no tears in the package. Very interesting item from the early 1900s and in exceptional condition. This includes two red boxes of ink powder and the original outer paper packaging.
$60
I1536 bottles Sanford's Xit Ink Eraser, small amber glass bottle with brown rubber lid inside a tin printed in yellow, red, white and black. The Sanford's Xit logo and markings are on three sides, one side has lengthy and detailed instructions along with warnings for using on paper or cloth. No matter which brand of ink eraser or eradicator, it always came with a lot of warnings! I am certain that the liquid inside the bottle has degraded and is no longer useful. Tin shows just some light wear to edges, it is in very good condition. $40
I1542
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Waterman's Carnation Red Ink Bottle, ca. 1950s, slightly faded pinkish-red label with a red rose, Clear glass 2 ounce Tip-Fill bottle with bright red metal screw on lid, Carnation Red ink dust in the bottle.
$15
I1543
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Waterman's Washable Blue Ink Bottle, ca. 1950s, slightly faded light and dark blue label with a white sea gull, Clear glass 2 ounce Tip-Fill bottle with black metal screw on lid, Washable Blue ink dust in the bottle.
$15
I1544
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Waterman's Ideal Blue Black Ink Bottle, ca. 1920s, original yellow, blue, black and red box. Box shows shop wear and top flaps are missing, 2 ounce cylindrical clear glass bottle embossed black bakelite lid - Ideal Globe Waterman's Turn to Remove. Blue Black ink dust in bottle.
$25
I1549
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Waterman's Ideal Green Ink Bottle, ca. 1920s, original yellow, green, black and red box. Box shows shop wear, 2 ounce cylindrical clear glass bottle embossed black bakelite lid - Ideal Globe Waterman's Turn to Remove. Just a hint of green ink dust in bottle.
$25
I1550
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Waterman's Ideal Red Ink Bottle, ca. 1920s, 2 ounce cylindrical clear glass bottle embossed red hard rubber lid with cork attached - Ideal Globe Waterman's Ink. Ink stain on about half of the outer edge of the cap. Just a hint of red ink dust in bottle.
$20
I1551
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Carter's Midnight Black Ink Bottle, ca. 1940s, 2.5 ounce ribbed oval clear glass bottle with black metal screw on lid. Nice art deco black, white and grey label, matching art deco box. Carter's Midnight Black permanent ink dust in bottom.
$15
I1554
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Sanford's Tin Marking Set No. 440 - This marking set is in an early tin and cardboard cylindrical container, the lid pulls off to reveal a tin base with spaces cut out for the small bottle of black marking ink and a small black wooden dip pen which would have been used to mark your clothing. The front states that this is for marking on all fabrics and many other materials, it is waterproof, laundry proof and not affected by salt water. The small clear glass bottle with black metal screw on lid has some ink residue inside. Brown cardboard cylinder is in very good condition as is all of the tin with exception of the lid which shows a lot of patina. Overall very good condition and an unusual Sanford's Tin.
$40
I1556 bottles
Sanford's Wood Ink Holder - From right around 1900 when it was very proper to have a wood holder to keep your ink bottle in. This one is natural light colored wood with domed screw on top. The inside of the holder is very clean, no ink stains and that is unusual. Partial label on the front: for Sanford's Gold Show Card Colors in metallic gold, white and black. There are two old ink stains on the bottom of the holder, burgundy and orange which must have come from a different bottle! No bottle with this holder, it is just the holder. Measures 1 7/8 in diameter, height is 5 3/8 inches. So many times there is no label at all left on these old ink bottle holders so the half label on this one is better than none. Overall very good.
$45
I1558
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Stephensí English Ink Bottles - ca. 1950s Stephens' Ink Bottles were made in England. These came to us in the large box pictured which originally held 24 bottles. Clear glass oval shaped bottles have a black metal screw on lid. The lid is embossed Stephensí in script across the top. The dark blue and white label indicates these are No. 696 Stephensí Blue Black Writing For Every Make of Pen. All that remains in the bottles is a bit of blue-black ink dust, the ink has evaporated. Labels in very good condition. Minor bits of rust showing on the high points of the lids. Each bottle measures 2 x 2 3/8 inches at widest base points, height is 2 7/8 inches. Fluid ounces not marked on bottle or label, but these appears to be about 2 ounce sized bottles, your average desk stop ink bottle size. These bottles have fared very well over the past 60-some years helped along by the fact that they were tucked away in their original box. Nice little piece of post-war English history. Clean them out and refill with new ink or use them to mix your special colors in. (We have several available.)
$15
I1173
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Caw's Ink Bottle, ca. 1890s clear glass, original wood topped cork stoppers, original black, red ad white three sided label. The one side without a label is embossed: Caw's Ink New York. Bottle measures 2 in square, height is 3.25 inches. There are only faint remains of Caw's Black Ink inside. At 120-plus years old, I really wouldn't expect to find any ink inside! There are some minor breaks to the edges of the label, no major tears. Wood stopper in very good condition, but the cork is rather fragile. Bottle intact with no chips or cracks. Overall very good condition and a great little piece of Caw's history.
$55
I1579 bottles Sanford Penit Mini Ink Bottle - ca. 1950s, Brown, pressed glass diamond pattern ink bottle has metal screw on lid, 3/4 oz size. Brown metal lid is marked in white: Sanfordís Pen-it Brown No. 296. Brown ink dust inside bottle.. Measures 1 3/8 in square, height is 1.75 inches. Great little collectible bottle for traveling with a small amount of ink or use it to hold your special ink mixes. Very good condition. $10
I1580 bottles Sanford Penit Mini Ink Bottle - ca. 1950s, Green, pressed glass diamond pattern ink bottle has metal screw on lid, 3/4 oz size. Green metal lid is marked in white: Sanfordís Pen-it Green No. 216. Green ink dust inside bottle. Measures 1 3/8 in square, height is 1.75 inches. Great little collectible bottle for traveling with a small amount of ink or use it to hold your special ink mixes. The green lid is a little dull, otherwise very good condition. $7
I1581 bottles Sanford Penit Mini Ink Bottle - ca. 1950s, White Ink, pressed glass diamond pattern ink bottle has metal screw on lid, 3/4 oz size. White metal lid is marked in black: Sanfordís White Ink Shake Well No. 99. Dried chunky white ink inside. Measures 1 3/8 in square, height is 1.75 inches. Great little collectible bottle for traveling with a small amount of ink or use it to hold your special ink mixes. Very good condition. $10
I1586 bottles Stafford's Commercial Fluid - The ivory, gold, white and dark blue label states that this Commercial Fluid is a blue fluid changing to a permanent black. I think that was Stafford's attempt at glamorizing blue-black ink! Noted on the sides of the label - Best for Steel Pens and Best for Fountain Pens. Unusual pressed tin cap is attached to the cork stopper. The tin has a large star in the center and reads: Staffords Superfine Inks. There is a bit of this commercial fluid in ink dust form in the bottle. Bottle measures 2 in square at base and is 2.5 in tall. Very good condition. $15
I1587 bottles Encre Stylographique - Greece. Dark blue and white label has a tear on bottom right corner. Most of the label is in the Greek alphabet. Black plastic screw on lid is embossed on the top with a very intricate monogram of which I can distinguish an M and possibly a C. Measures 1.5 in square at the base, height is 2 inches. a good layer of solidified ink in the bottom of the bottle. $15
I1589 bottles Carter's Cube Ink Bottle No. 886 - Geese flying across a full moon. Originally filled with 2 oz of Carter's Midnight Black Permanent ink, now there is just a bit of ink dust in the bottle. Black metal screw on lid. Nice clean label. $15
I1590 bottles Carter's Cube Ink Bottle No. 886 - Geese flying across a full moon. Originally filled with 2 oz of Carter's Midnight Black Permanent ink, now there is just a bit of ink dust in the bottle. Black metal screw on lid has a few light rust spots. Label has a small tear in upper right corner and you can see where some Midnight Black ink dripped down the left side of label in days gone by. $15
I1591 bottles Carter's Cube Ink Bottle No. 886 - Geese flying across a full moon. Originally filled with 2 oz of Carter's Midnight Black Permanent ink, now there is just a bit of ink dust in the bottle. Black metal screw on lid has a few light rust spots. Label has a small tear along bottom edge just to the right of the left corner. $10
I1595 bottles Carter's Koal Black Ink No. 79 - Yellow, black, white and metallic gold label. Square bottle was originally filled with Carter's Koal Black Ink, there is some very black ink dust in the bottle. Black hexagonal stopper is marked Carter INX Products, the stopper was once detached from the cork and has been re-glued, I don't think I'd be opening it too gingerly. 2 ounce bottle. Label stained and tear on right side. $10
I1596 bottles Carter's Spotty Racer No. 297 - This is a great bottle, Carter's liked to play with words and of course Spotty Racer was a solution for erasing spots from fabric. Great illustrated label in soft yellow, light and dark blue and metallic gold. The back of the label has detailed instructions in fine print for use, also another fine print panel with Other Uses for Spotty Racer including washing windows and cleaning bathroom fixtures. Obviously Spotty Racer did it all! Bottle measures 1.75 in diameter and is 3 5/8 in tall. Partial and very well worn box is included. The bottle has an excellent label. $40
I1170 bottles Arnold's Fountain Pen Ink - ca. 1890s. English. This is one of the most amazing stoneware ink bottles we have offered in many years! Pint size brown stoneware bottle with original red and white Arnold's label. The label shows just the slightest bit of fading and all but the lower line is easily readable. Topped with bakelite disk on cork stopper with a wire bale. Measures 2 7/8 inches diameter, height is 7 inches. Originally filled with red ink which is no longer with the bottle and would not be good to use anyway! Excellent condition. $95
I1171 bottles Mawson's Writing Ink - ca. early 1920s. Clear ink bottle labeled Mawson's Writing Ink No. 39 Purple. Mawson Ink Co. 366 Cambridge St Allston, Mass. Clear glass approx pint size ink bottle with original black and white label and cork stopper. There are two small tears at the top corners of label and light black ink stain in top right corner of the label. Yes, one would expect it to be purple and perhaps time has changed the color because this stain is definitely grey-ish black. I tried to find some info on Mawson, but came up pretty empty handed other than seeing a listing for the company in 1921 and 1922 at an address on the same street, but about three blocks away. Over and over searches for Mawson and ink bring up English explorer Douglas Mawson who explored Antarctica and journal-ed about frozen ink and clogging pens in 1912 in the very, very cold Antarctica climate. No connection there, but an interesting person! Measures 2 7/8 inches diameter and is 7.25 inches tall. The bottle is in very good condition and is indeed from a very small and probably short lived ink maker. $45
I1172 bottles Diamond Inks Record Carmine Fluid - Diamond always had great labels and this one is no exception in metallic gold, bright carmine red and black with elaborate design. Clear ink bottle is about a half pint size and I would think that Record ink would have been used for recording important documents. Diamond Ink was from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Measures 2 3/8 inches diameter, height is 5 7/8 inches. No closure at top, otherwise very good condition. $40
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I1601
bottles Mint Skrip Bottle with SkripWell - This SKRIP bottle came out of a case of bottles that had never been filled with ink, same goes for the black and gold metallic screw on lid. Clear glass 2 ounce bottle with the SkripWell on the side. You can be the first to add ink to this bottle. Mint condition, never used, never filled with ink, totally clean! $20
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I1602
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle in original box, 2 ounce, bright yellow and blue label, black metal cap with metallic gold lettering. SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. Filled with blue Skrip ink, bottle is full and appears to have never been opened. Excellent condition. $15
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I1603
bottlesSheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle in original box, 2 ounce, bright yellow and blue box, black metal cap with metallic gold lettering. SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. About a third full of what seems to be perfectly usable Blue-Black Skrip. One small flap missing on box, no label on bottle. Overall very good condition. $12
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I1604
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle in original box, 2 ounce, dark red and gold metallic label and box, solid black metal cap, no lettering. SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. Full of usable Jet Black ink. Excellent condition. $15
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I1605
bottlesSheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle, No. 63 Washable Black, 2 ounce, yellow and blue label, black metal lid with gold metallic lettering, SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. No ink inside, just some ink dust in the bottom of bottle. Light stains on the label. Perfect for refilling with your favorite ink and using the handy SkripWell. $12
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I1607
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle, No. 22 Washable Black, 2 ounce, yellow and blue label, black metal lid with gold metallic lettering, SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. No ink inside, just some ink dust in the bottom of bottle. Excellent label. Small scratch on lid. Perfect for refilling with your favorite ink and using the handy SkripWell. $12
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I1608
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle, Brown Skrip, 2 ounce, yellow and blue label, black metal lid with gold metallic lettering, SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. Almost full of Sheaffer Brown Skrip which looks good to use. Very good label. $20
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I1610
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle, 2 ounce, black metal lid with gold metallic lettering, SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. No label, no ink, clean bottle, light wear to metal lid otherwise very good condition. $10
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I1611
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle, No. 42 Washable Blue, 2 ounce, yellow and blue label, black metal lid with gold metallic lettering, SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. No ink inside, just some ink dust in the bottom of bottle. Label slightly darker than it would have been originally. Perfect for refilling with your favorite ink and using the handy SkripWell. $12
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I1612
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle, 2 ounce, black metal lid with gold metallic lettering, SkripWell inside for easy pen filling. No label, just a coating of black ink inside. Shallow dent in center of lid, but it screws on and off perfectly. $8
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I1613
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle, Burgundy, 2 ounce, metallic gold, red and burgundy label, goldtone metal lid, No ink inside, clean bottle. Handwritten on lid: Burg. Perfect for refilling with your favorite ink and using the handy SkripWell. $10
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I1614
bottles Sheaffer Skrip Ink Bottle, Blue-Black, ounce, metallic gold, red and dark blue label, goldtone metal lid, No ink inside, clean bottle. Handwritten on lid: A-11 in green and Blue-Black in black. The A-11 was a mark from the Sheaffer factory which we believe to have been from a test batch of ink. Perfect for refilling with your favorite ink and using the handy SkripWell. $10
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I1615
bottles Caw's Ink Bottle, ca. 1890s clear glass, cork stopper, original black, red ad white three sided label. The one side without a label is embossed: Caw's Ink New York. Bottle measures 2 in square, height is 3.25 inches. There are only faint remains of Caw's Black Ink inside. At 120-plus years old, I really wouldn't expect to find any ink inside! There are some minor breaks to the edges of the label, no major tears. Bottle intact with no chips or cracks. Overall very good condition and a great little piece of Caw's history. $40
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I1616
bottles Parker Superchrome Ink, clear rectangular 3ounce bottle, black metal screw on lid with silver Parker imprint. Bottle label features the Parker 51 fountain pen. Bottle is nearly full of Blue-Black ink. Superchrome has mega-staining and clogging capabilities - use ink at your own risk! Very good condition. $10
New
I1617
bottles Parker Quink Microfilm Black Ink Bottle, ca. WWII era, mid-1940s, Art Deco ribbed clear glass bottle, black bakelite cap with Parker Quink embossed on the top surface and pen nib shapes embossed around outside edge of cap. 2 ounce bottle has a black and white label, the bottom edge has a few rough spots, out not too bad. There is a small amount of dense black Micro-Film ink in the bottle, I would not recommend using as this was rather potent ink to start with! Very good condition. $10
New
I1618
bottles Parker Super Quink Ink, Permanent Black, 2.5 ounce bottle, opaque black plastic bottle with black plastic screw on lid. Black and white label with a fountain pen nib. About half full of what seems to be good usable black Parker ink. Very good condition. $12
New
I1619
bottles Parker Quink 4 ounce Permanent Red Ink Bottle, ca. 1940s, Art Deco ribbed clear glass bottle, black metal screw on cap is printed Parker Quink in silver. Perfect red and white label. Full of Parker Quink permanent red ink, ink is clear and free of sediment and should be usable. Blue and white Parker Quink box with flaps advertising Parker Vacumatic Pens. Bottle and label in excellent condition, box shows some light shop wear on the corners. $20
New
I1620
bottles Sanfordís Penit Ink Bottle No. 6, ca. 1950s, Blue-Black Permanent, two ounce clear glass ink bottle with ribbed corners, grey metal screw on lid marked Penit in silver. About one third full of Blue-Black ink. Bottle measures 1 5/8 x 2 1/8 and is 2 3/8 inches tall. Excellent label and lid. These larger 2 ounce bottles of Penit are far more difficult to find than the small mini bottles. $10
New
I1621
bottles Sanfordís Indelible Ink Bottle No. 440, ca. 1940s, Indelible black marking ink, Ĺ ounce clear faceted bottle with ribbing on shoulder. Black bakelite screw on lid. Excellent red, black and white label. Measures 1.5 inches at widest base points and is 2 inches tall. Dried ink inside bottle. Excellent condition. $8
New
I1622
bottles Sanfordís Indelible Laundry Marking Ink Bottle No. 449, ca. 1940s, Clear convex sided bottle with black bakelite screw on lid. Contents size not noted, but canít be more than a quarter ounce, this small bottle measures a half inch side at base x 0.75 inches and is 2 3/8 inches tall. No ink inside bottle. Brown and ivory label in very good condition. $6
New
I1623
bottles Higgins Washable Blue Writing Ink, ca. late 1920s, clear cylindrical 2 ounce bottle with embossed cork stopper. Light blue, dark blue and white wrap around label states that this ink Writes Blue and Dries Blue and Flows a Bright, True Blue. Sadly, all that remains of the ink is a little ink dust inside the bottle. Very good label has just a smidge of blue ink stain on back lower edge. The black stopper is embossed in bright red: Chas, M. Higgins & Co, Inc Brooklyn, NY. Bottle measures 2 1/8 in diameter and is 3 in in height. Includes box which has a nice illustrations of the bottle inside and of a hand writing: The Writing oft proclaims the Man. Box lid detached and the box is well worn with rough edges. Bottle in excellent condition. $20
New
I1624
bottles Diamond Violet Special Fountain Pen Ink No. 506, ca. late 1920s, clear square 2 ounce bottle has beautiful embossed Ink in diamond shape on three sides. Ribbed shoulder. Perfect label in dark blue, white, yellow and vivid red. Cork stopper. Cork and stopper and detached from each other. Black stopper is embossed Diamond Inks Trade Mark. Original box included, top flap present but detached, box is evenly faded, beautiful illustrations on all sides. Nice example of a Diamond Inks bottle. $25



Vintage & Collectible Ink Cartridges

Ink cartridges, in their most common forms, have now been in existence for over 50 years, since the mid-1950s and have become a collectible in their own right. Some of the cartridges for early cartridge filling pens were proprietary style cartridges and the only way to get your pen working is to find original cartridges and refill with bottled ink using a needle-less syringe or small pipette. Some of the packaging on these older cartridges is of wonderful graphic design and appeals to those collecting advertising and packaging items. Many pen collectors enjoy including same brand inks and cartridges to go with their pen collection.


I1268 I1268

Parker Super Quink Ink Cartridges, Permanent Green - Marked for Parker and Eversharp cartridges, so they would date to the 1960s at least. Each cartridge has a little bit of ink in it, but it's the neat early package that appeals to me most. Five cartridges in pack. Front of package:
I1268

$5
I1285 cartridge

Parker Super Quink Cartridges, Permanent Red, cartridges are about half full of ink. New old stock package in very good condition. 5 cartridges per pack

$3
I1286 cartridge

Parker Super Quink Cartridges, Washable Blue, cartridges are about half full of ink. New old stock package in very good condition. 5 cartridges per pack

$3
I1288 cartridge

Parker Super Quink Cartridges, Permanent Red, cartridges are about half full of ink. New old stock package in very good condition. 5 cartridges per pack

$3
I1293 bottle

Sheaffer Skrip Ink Cartridges, ca. late 1950s - small white envelope contains 2 Sheaffer Skrip Ink Cartridges (the ink in cartridges has evaporated), the envelope is printed with very detailed instructions for installing the cartridge. Remember, cartridges were a rather new-fangled item in the 1950s. These small envelopes were included with Skripsert cartridge filling pens. New old stock, the envelope is in very good condition, leftover dealer stock.

$5



Vintage Ink & Bottle Related Resources

  • Evan Lindquist's Gallotannate Ink Recipe
    Evan Lindquist, artist, printmaker, penman and retired Professor of Art at Arkansas State University has experimented extensively with Gallotannate and other old style inks. We invite you to visit Evan's website to see how inks of days gone by were made.

  • Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors
    This association site offers up all sorts of ink bottle information as well as info on glass in general. Click on the link above to visit this very informative website.

  • Pottery Ink Bottles
    An article by Ed and Lucy Faulkner, well researched text and many illustrations of early ink bottles.

  • The Carter Ink Company
    An article by Ed and Lucy Faulkner, history of Carters, many photographs of unusual early Carter's Ink bottles.

  • The Original Higgins Ink, A Nevada Invention
    An article by Fred Holabird, fascinating account of the first Higgins ink bottles (not the ones made in Brooklyn!)

  • Dating Older Ink Bottles
    Digger Odell has some excellent general antique bottle information on his website, in particular a good section on how to determine when your ink bottles were made based on bottle characteristics such as mold seams, embossing, type of lid, etc.



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