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Object ID 001776

Object Name Sengbusch Self-Closing Inkwell

Object Desc Round, glass jar with black, hard plastic lid with embossed text for Sengbush Self Closing Inkstand. Lid has hole in center.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002018a-b

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General Category History

Category Stationery Items


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 10

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Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords inkwells,Sengbusch SelfClosing Inkstand,fountain pens,ink,writing,

Title Sengbusch Self-Closing Inkwell

Description Round, glass jar with black, hard plastic, possibly bakelite, lid. Jar is empty, but stained red on sides. Lid has hole in center with embossed text around "Sengbush Self-Closing Inkstand Co. / Made in U.S.A." at top and "Milwaukee, WIS / PAT. APR 21, 03. AUG 23, 04. JAN 15, 07. SEPT 1, 14."


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Height 2.75

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Diameter 2.75

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Weight 0

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Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Sengbush Self Closing Inkstand Company

Maker Details In 1905, Gustav Sengbush created this inkstand. The inkwell was designed for use on school desks and similar purposes. Sengbusch was a bookkeeper who after working on a ledger page tipped his inksand and ruined the page. He then designed an inkstand that would prevent tipping and evaporation and could be used with one hand to access ink. In 1929, the company manufactured 23 types of inkstands. The company was located at a few locations including 2222 W. Clybourn Street, Milwaukee, WI, and a location on Blue Mound Road. The company closed in 1979. The Supreme Court used the Sengbusch inkwells, and continues to today.

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Image Caption CMY2018a-b



Date MAR 18,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes The lid is stuck on the glass jar. The interior of the glass is stained red from ink. The interior components of the inkwell are missing. Exterior of glass has ligh scratches on bottom of jar. Exterior is dirty with fingerprints and dust. Lid is worn and dirty. On top at center of lid is red staining from ink.


Date MAR 18,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 10 from Room 7, Shelf 20 - automatic entry by admin