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Ink Bottle Container
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Title: Ink Bottle Container
Identifier: 2006.1.28
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1940
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A brown plastic bottle-shaped container with removable screw top. Inside the container is an ink bottle. The brown plastic container is circular with flat panels around sides of base. . The screw top has a flared out base to allow the ink bottle to be replaced. .The ink bottle has label which is stained with ink but was originally a beige background with a blue and red picture of a Stephen's Ink bottle. On the other side of the bottle is printed "Fountain Pen Ink" and "Your pen will then start instantly and never clog".

A fountain pen is a nib pen that contains an internal reservoir of liquid ink. Filling the reservoir with ink was done manually with an eyedropper or syringe or with an internal "filler" mechanism which created suction to transfer ink directly through the nib into the reservoir. Inks intended for use with fountain pens are water-based. Normal Indian ink cannot be used in fountain pens because it contains shellac as a binder which would clog the pen. Inks for fountain pens have to be free-flowing, free of sediment, and non-corrosive. This leads to reduced permanence and prevents the large scale commercial use of some colored dyes.
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