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Soldier’s Traveling Rosewood Inkwell – As in Gettysburg Museum

$75.00

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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 1/4" high with a diameter of 1 1/8". The small glass bottle inside would press against the inside of the cap when screwed down, to keep the ink from spilling.

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.

The inkwell is in very nice condition. There are examples of these same inkwells in just about all of the Civil War museums (see pictures). In my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I show one of these inkwells and go into more detail regarding the soldier’s writing habits (see pictures).

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