GUTTA PERCHA TRAVELLING INKWELL

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Item Code: 480-215

This small inkwell is typical of the many products made of gutta percha, hard rubber, and some thermoplastics starting in the 1850s. Small ink wells or bottles were handy for travelers and by extension soldiers as well, and hard rubber or gutta percha had the advantage over stoneware for weight and glass for fragility. This is a nice example that might be carried in a pocket, haversack or knapsack. It would show very nicely next to soldiers’ correspondence or other writing implements and tools marketed to soldiers as way to keep in touch with the folks back home.

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