Victorian Copper Can for Filling Inkwells
Before the invention of the fountain pen, all correspondence would be done using a dip pen and ink. Inkwells came in all shapes and sizes and for all pockets, from the humble stone bottle to the wonderfully ornate bronze and silver inkwells.
This is a hard to find object. This type of can was used to fill inkwells in schools or an office building where there may have been several ink wells in use. Ink would be sold on a commercial basis in very large bottles, it would be really difficult to pour the ink from the huge bottles into the small inkwells, so this type of can was used as a decanter for the ink. The spout is very narrow this was to make sure the ink flowed slowly, it also has a small reservoir below the spout to catch drips. Their is a small lid on the top of the can to fill it with ink from a larger bottle.
Condition is good with no splits, it does have some dinges to one side.
Dimensions: 14cm to the tip of the spout, body of the can measures 9cm x 15cm