Dating old ink bottles
An inkwell usually has a lid to prevent contamination, evaporation, accidental spillage, and excessive exposure to air.
It just so happened, however, that the self-proclaimed world’s largest ink manufacturer lay just a stone’s throw away at what is now 245 First St.
Only scribes knew the full array of hieroglyphs and would write on the behalf of their employers, usually the pharaoh.
After Rome invaded Egypt, inkwells became more popular in Italy as a larger percentage of the population were capable of writing.
An inkwell is a small jar or container, often made of glass, porcelain, silver, brass, or pewter, used for holding ink in a place convenient for the person who is writing.
The artist or writer dips the brush, quill, or dip pen into the inkwell as needed or uses the inkwell as the source for filling the reservoir of a fountain pen.