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Traveling Rosewood Inkwell – As in Gettysburg Museum

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This is another nice item being offered, it is an original Civil War traveling Inkwell. It is made of rosewood with the glass bottle inside and measuring approximately 2" high with a diameter of 1". The small glass bottle inside would press against the inside of the cap when screwed down, to keep the ink from spilling. The spring inside, below the bottle, still operates to let the bottle go up and down.

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 himself and for the occasional fellow soldiers who were unable to write. Thus, the level of letter writing increased.

These inkwells can be found in The Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum, The Museum of the Confederacy, Lee’s Headquarters Museum, Gettysburg, etc. (see pictures). In my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I discuss in further detail the importance of letter writing and show an example of this inkwell (see pictures).

This inkwell is in very nice condition, as with most of these inkwells, there are hairline cracks on the lid, but does not affect the overall condition or looks. They go great with a display of a soldiers personal effects, (particularly nice alongside a letter or with a pen).

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