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
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".
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
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.
Date MAR 14,2014
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.