It is the traditional inkpot, made of porcelain, of the National Education. It can be placed in a desk or on a wooden stand provided for this purpose. The inkwell of schoolchildren from the early 20th century!

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Old inkwells that were built into schoolchildren's desks, always at the top right. The oldest ones are made of porcelain, followed by the glass ones. Every week, they were filled with purple ink by the teacher or a student.

Inkwells probably became widespread as soon as ink writing became widespread, showing a great diversity of shapes and sizes while sharing a reduced opening as a common point to limit evaporation.

This type of object has been found since ancient Egypt, with scribes specializing in writing using double buckets for red and black colors. In Roman times, the Biebrich inkwells, found in Zurzach, Rißtissen and Magdalensberg, were characterised by the presence of a rivet that locked the hinged lid to a fixed hinge.

The inkwell diversified in the 18th century, sometimes taking on sophisticated forms, such as the pump inkwell, fashionable in early 19th century France, or the Old Paris porcelain inkwells, with a wide variety of themes. Despite the ballpoint pen and the development of cartridges, inkwells persist as luxury or collector's items.

If you wish to know the history of the brand of the establishments G.LALO, HERBIN, BRAUSE click on this LINK

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