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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2011
    Oahu, Hawaii
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    new inkwell

    I'm new to the sight and tried to post a thread earlier but it didn't work out. Had a long description and introduction..oh well. I'll keep it short this time and see how it works out. This inkwell was found under an uprooted tree in Ewa Beach HI. Based on the timeline of what I could find on the net it is between 1867-1879?? i couldn't find anything in any bottle book though and we would appreciate any information that the pros may have. It is just under 2" tall and is a Keuffel & Esser CO. from NY.
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  3. #2
    us
    what hath god wrought

    Feb 2009
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    Re: new inkwell

    Machine made probably 1920+, drafting ink. Cool piece. Value... not too much, buck or two. If crystal clear wet shiny, maybe five skins.
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  4. #3
    us
    Mar 2010
    Historic Saratoga CA
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    Re: new inkwell

    Quote Originally Posted by gleaner1
    Machine made probably 1920+, drafting ink. Cool piece. Value... not too much, buck or two. If crystal clear wet shiny, maybe five skins.
    Now that you mention it, that sure does look like an ABM seam right below the lip. The sickness of the glass makes it look older, but seams don't lie!

  5. #4
    us
    Feb 2011
    Oahu, Hawaii
    22

    Re: new inkwell

    Quote Originally Posted by sodetraveler
    Quote Originally Posted by gleaner1
    Machine made probably 1920+, drafting ink. Cool piece. Value... not too much, buck or two. If crystal clear wet shiny, maybe five skins.
    Now that you mention it, that sure does look like an ABM seam right below the lip. The sickness of the glass makes it look older, but seams don't lie!
    I gotta ask..ABM seam??

  6. #5
    us
    Nov 2009
    OAHU, HAWAII
    208

    Re: new inkwell

    ABM is automatic bottle machine...they started making bottles automatically around 1915 I believe when the machine was invented...the hot glass went into the mold and the machine would blow the bottle all at once what you are looking for is the seam line of 2 pc. mold in a ABM bottle the mold seams goes all the way to the top of the lip of the bottle because the bottle was made all at once...In a BIMAL (blown in mold applied lip), each bottle was blown individually then the lip was applied later, they put the hot glass in the mold and blew each bottle individually after they finished blowing the bottle they reheated the unfinished bottle and add on the lip later, that is why the seam line of a bimal bottle does not go all the way up to the top... Hand-blown bottles are unique and two bottles are never alike...The cruder the bottle the better...If you google you can find some really good information....aloha Kaz
    Aloha...808kaz

  7. #6
    us
    Nov 2008
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    Here's the Owens story..

    I've excavated a hundred or so of his early bottles at a dump in my desert ghost town. The bases are raised/embossed with an O inside a square http://www.todayinsci.com/O/Owens_Mi...nsMichaelJ.htm

 

 

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