Perfume/aftershave/ink bottle?

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Perfume/aftershave/ink bottle?

Postby Granmaa » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:14 pm

This rather chunky bottle is 9cm high and was made in Birmingham in 1905. The glass stopper will remind you of scent bottles, but this is far to big. I'd like to know if this is the petrol station from which the little bottles would be filled, or if it might be for aftershave (the stopper being suited to a larger application area). I've also seen a similar jar called an inkwell.

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Postby dognose » Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:32 am

Hi Miles,
I'm unsure of when shaving sticks were developed, but I suspect this jar may just be for that purpose,
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Perfume/aftershave/ink bottle?

Postby kerangoumar » Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:40 pm

This bottle contained styptic, used in the days of straight razors to staunch bleeding from accidental nicks. Scent/ink bottles have narrow necks to reduce spillage.
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Postby Granmaa » Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:47 pm

Thankyou both very much. Do you think it's likely that the stopper was used to apply the styptic/astringent?

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Perfume/aftershave/ink bottle?

Postby kerangoumar » Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:50 pm

Styptic came in sticks - or pencils, as some refer to it - so if you cut yourself you'd quickly grab the stick and dab at the cut. The stopper was to keep out the humidity, as styptic is anhydrous (water free) aluminum sulphate.
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Postby frenchie_myriam » Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:04 am

Hi Miles,

This could well be a travel inkwell part of a vanity. Being a silver inkwell and dip pen collector, I have seen quite a lot of then. The only thing which is disturbing is the stopper.

Please tell me the maker hallmark and I should be able to confirm or not ( picture not clear enough to find out who made it )

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Postby Granmaa » Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:55 pm

The maker is S Blackensee & Sons ltd.

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Postby frenchie_myriam » Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:49 pm

Hi Miles,

Then it is certainly a travel inkwell part of a vanity set. S.Blanckensee has produced loads of inkwells mainly plain silver capstan inkwells as well as enamel and silver inkwells. and glass and silver inkwells. I have 32 inkwells by s.Blanckensee.

Hope this has helped

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Postby Granmaa » Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:03 pm

Hi Myriam,

Do you happen to have any old catalogues which show this type of inkwell or do you have one in your collection?

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Postby frenchie_myriam » Sat Aug 04, 2007 3:08 am

Dear Miles,

Sorry I do not have any catalogue and as I do not collect the travel inkwells I have none. If you wish, I can send you pictures of other types of inkwells produced by S. BLANCKENSEE.

Please let me know

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