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Object ID 001741

Object Name Waterman's Ideal Ink

Object Desc Glass jar with metal and cork lid for Waterman's Ideal Ink in red. Paper label around circumference of jar.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002000a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Stationery Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 10

Object Date 1920s

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End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords ink,Waterman's Ideal Ink,fountain pens,L. E. Waterman Company,ink bottles,writing,

Title Waterman's Ideal Ink

Description Glass jar with plastic and cork lid. Jar is round with conical top that leads to a small lip for lid. Lid is metal with embossed text on top "Waterman's / Ideal / Ink" with image of sphere at center. The bottom of lid is cork that fits into glass jar. Jar has paper label that runs horizontal. At front is text "Waterman's / Ideal / Ink" with text along bottom "L.E. Waterman Company, New York, N.Y.". At left of label is text "Red". At right of label is text "A / Superior / Writing / Ink / For General / Use". On bottom of bottle is embossed text around edge "Waterman's / Ink".


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Height 3

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 2.13

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker L. E. Waterman Company

Maker Details Lewis Edson Waterman invented and patented the capillary feed fountain pen in 1883 and subsequently founded a company. In 1884, he created the Ideal Pen Company" In 1888, the company was renamed the L.E. Waterman Company. He used the capillarity principle with the pens that uses air to create a steady flow of ink. At the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris the company received the gold medal of excellence. Lewis Waterman died in 1901 and Frank D. Waterman, his nephew, took over the business.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2000a-b



Date MAR 13,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes There is still a small amount of red ink inside the jar. The lid does not fit tightly in jar and is loose. A- loss of label and it is adhered to jar with cellophane tape. On left side of container just above label is a brown stain on glass, can't be removed with dry cloth. Scratches on surface of glass. B- ink has stained the cork. Cork has some dents, appear to be inherent in its structure.


Date MAR 13,2014

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date MAR 13,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 10 from Bay View Pharmacy - automatic entry by admin