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Object ID 001766

Object Name Carter's Indelible Ink

Object Desc Cardboard box with sliding lid and wood stretcher for Carter's Household Indelible Ink.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002015a-d

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

Start Year Range 1920s

End Year Range 1930s

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords ink,Carter's Ink Company,Indelible Ink,writing,

Title Carter's Indelible Ink

Description Four parts. Cardboard box with sliding lid. A: lid slides over box. Has paper label on top with red seal at upper right corner. Text at top "Carter's / Household / Indelible Ink / For Marking Cotton, Linen or any Fabrics". Below is descripton of product. At bottom is manufacturer information "The Carter's Ink co. / Boston, Montreal, New York, Chicago". Sides of box are black. B: bottom of box is open at top. Covered with black paper on sides, but interior is plain cardboard and bottom of box is white. C & D: circular wood pieces. to be used to stretch fabric when writing on it. C is slanted on sides with the top smaller. D is a wooden ring that fits over the wood piece to secure fabric.


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.13

Length 0

Width 3.25

Depth 2.75

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions are for A, the box lid. B: 1" H x 3 1/4" W x 2.5" D C: 1/2" H x 1 3/4" diameter D: 1/4" H x 2 1/8" diamter

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Carter's Ink Company

Maker Details In 1858, William Carter founded the William Carter Company in Boston, MA. In 1860, Edward Carter, his brother, joined and they changed the company name to William Carter and Bro. Eventually another brother, John H. Carter, and a cousin, John W. Carter, joined the company. In 1872, the entire firm was destroyed in the Great Boston Fire. Following that John W. Carter and James P. Dinsmore purchased the ink division of the company and started Cater, Dinsmore and Company. By 1884, it became the largest ink producer in the work. In 1895, the company incorporated and became the Carter's Ink Company. In 1975, the company was purchased by Dennison Manufacturing Company, now Avery-Dennison.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2015a-d



Date MAR 14,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes A: Cellophane tape along top side top edge covering a tear in cardboard and keeping edge together. Edge wear with some minor fraying of the cardboard layers. On top side just to the right of center there is a black ink mark. Interior of lid has black staining from box. B: Edge wear. On back side of exterior at left corner there is loss of paper layer and a tear. Bottom side of the exterior is has brown staining and wear. Interior of box has black ink stains at left quadrant and at bottom edge at center. C: Minor wear. On top there is a dark stain at one edge near an ink spot on the side. On the side and bottom of piece there is a large, black ink stain. D: in good condition, light wear and scratches in wood.