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A Civil War Traveling Inkwell (SOLD)

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This is another nice item being offered, it is an original Civil War Traveling Inkwell. It is made of brass and tin and has a diameter of 1 ¾” and is 1 ½” high. A small brass button releases the lid exposing a hinged well for a small ink bottle (long gone). A spring release opens the well.  

There was a rapid increase in the consumption of ink during the Civil War, accompanied by the required bottles and inkwells to store the ink. In the mid-1800's, excluding slaves, the population of the United States enjoyed having one of the highest literacy levels in the world. The soldier was no longer at home, so his principal means of communication with his family was through letters. Soldiers went from writing occasional correspondence to writing letters home for him and for the occasional fellow soldiers who were unable to write. Thus, the level of letter writing increased.

There is an identical example of this inkwell in “The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics”, by Sylvia & O’Donnell (see pictures). One is also in The Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia, by Francis Lord. In my recent book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I go into more detail on the importance of soldiers’ letter writing.

These inkwells go great with a display of a soldiers personal effects, (particularly nice alongside a letter or with a pen). This specimen is a rare example and very difficult to find.

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