Inside the Collections Care Project: An inkwell made for travel

Sep 10, 2014

Historic New England’s Collections Care Project, involving a move of more than 20,000 objects within our storage facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts, recently reached a milestone: the approximate half-way point in the first phase of the project, with more than 10,000 objects moved. 

The majority of the objects moved thus far have been ceramic and glassware. For the next few weeks the team will move a varied array of objects, from sporting equipment to oil lamps, to silver utensils, baskets, and fireplace hardware. 

Recently, team members spent a day moving several shelves of writing-related items. Among pens, quills, and desk sets of every description was this intriguing little inkwell.

Its outer metal case with embossed stars and crescent moon unlatches to reveal a brilliant gold inkwell lid. With the push of an interior latch, the gold lid opens, exposing a small glass ink bottle. The engineering of the lids keeps the ink bottle tightly sealed in a charmingly small (about two inches tall) package. It’s the perfect inkwell for travel.

Check back again with us next week for another exciting find. Support the preservation of Historic New England’s one-of-a-kind collection with a gift to the Collections and Conservation Fund.