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Ink bottle with stopper

Object Number: 
Z.540
Date: 
1847-1877
Medium: 
Glass, cork
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/8 x 4 in. ( 20.6 x 10.2 cm )
Marks: 
in relief: on shoulder: "PATENT" in relief: on body (lengthwise): "HARRISON'S / COLUMBIAN / INK"
Description: 
Aquamarine glass ink bottle blown in a two-part mold with separate base plate; applied flange lip, cylindrical neck, short nearly flat shoulder with "PATENT" inscribed on reverse, twelve-sided body with inscription "HARRISON'S COLUMBIAN INK" lengthwise on obverse, domed push-up, and pontil mark on base; cork stopper.
Gallery Label: 
The entry "Apollos W. Harrison, books, maps, and inks" first appears in the Philadelphia city directory in 1847. By 1877 only his residence address is given, suggesting that by then he had retired. (See McKearin and Wilson, "American Bottles & Flasks and Their Ancestry," p. 267.)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group