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Ceramic Ink Pot

$350.00 (excluding tax)

Product Description

Set includes:

  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • National Geographic's Civil War Gold DVD
  • Display Stand with engraved plaque
  • Bottles From the Deep book

Artifact Height: 5-7 cm

This ceramic artifact is one of the distinctive decorative ink bottles recovered from SS Republic, a Civil War-era ship that sank in 1865 off the coast of Georgia. At one time it featured an ink maker's label and was sealed with a cork and wax, which long since vanished after years on the Atlantic seabed. Bottle retains its original glaze.

As the Civil War took its toll on the New Orleans economy many supplies were in desperate need once the conflict ended. Everyday items such as writing supplies were in high demand from businesses and schools across the city and the south. It is evident that the cargo loaded onto the SS Republic in New York was selected with the intent to help such a widespread issue.

Ceramic ink pots from this period were durable and simplistic in design with its main purpose to be placed on a writing desk or table without tipping over, ready to receive the writer’s dipped pen.  When the pot’s supply of ink ran low, it was then refilled for continued use. A cork stopper once sealed the pots’ fluid contents to prevent leakage during shipment and use. Although the contents of the bottle have long been lost, the cork is often found inside as the powerful pressure of the deep ocean caused it to implode. The shiny ceramic glaze protecting the surface of the pot remains intact after nearly 140 years on the Atlantic seabed, providing each sample a sparkling sheen.

  •         These small ink pots, attributed to any number of Staffordshire, England potteries, were once filled with writing fluid and sealed with a cork stopper

  •         Plain and sturdy, these British-made stoneware pots were mass-produced for the American market

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