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Object ID 001767

Object Name Waterman's Ideal Ink

Object Desc Round, glass bottle with narrow neck and plastic cap with cork attached. Holds 4 oz. Waterman's Ideal Ink paper label across front, yellow with red text.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002016a-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

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

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

Title Waterman's Ideal Ink

Description Round, glass bottle with narrow neck. Has plastic embossed lid that has cork attached at bottom. Lid has "Waterman's / Ideal / Ink" with a sphere at center. Bottle has embossed bottom with text "Waterman's Ink". Label attached to front, paper. At left is blue circle with "Violet" written. At center is text "Waterman's / Ideal / Ink / L.E. Waterman Company". At right is blue circle with text "Superior / for Fountain Pen / and / General Use".


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 2.63

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 CMY2016a-b



Date MAR 14,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Ink is still inside, dried. Ink has stained the interior of the bottl.e The lid is worn. At left there is loss and a chip in the plastic. On front of bottle to left of center there is black ink spot. Paper label has loss at upper left corner and upper right corner. At right, the label is loose and there are tears and creases in the paper. On bottom of bottle there are tow paper accretions at left and bottom edge.