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Umbrella Inkstand with Pontil

$895.00 (excluding tax)

Product Description

Set includes:

  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • National Geographic's Civil War Gold DVD
  • Museum style display case with acrylic cover
  • Copy of Bottles from the Deep book

Bottle Height: 6 cm

Inkstands remained out on a writing table or desk, so their visual appeal was important. The “umbrella” inkstand (also called a “paneled pyramid” or a “fluted cone stand”) was a shape popular from the 1840s to the latter part of the century. Intended for post–Civil War New Orleans, the inkstands aboard the Republic were perhaps headed for schools, including new ones established for the former slave population. Nearly 500 umbrella inkstands were recovered from the SS Republic. Most had eight panels and typically came in shades of aquamarine. Many, however, exhibit wonderful hues of green.

When placed in the light, the aqua samples can display the colors of the rainbow, refracting the sunlight – the result of long exposure to saltwater and its corrosive action on the glass. The ship also carried some specimens whose dark amethyst color is rare today in the collectors’ market. A handful of umbrella inkstands found at the site are an uncommon larger version with eight or twelve panels. They may have been intended for use by an artist or sign maker.

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