An Inkwell and a Cap

What could possibly be the relationship between an inkwell and a small worn down cap from the early 1900s? Well, quite possibly, the two objects belonged to someone who was very organized and who wrote many letters or documents. The person would use the inkwell to store his ink and then use the cap and screw it on the inkwell to prevent the ink from spilling all over the desk and his papers.  Of course, given the time period that these objects came from, they would probably be found mostly in homes of well-to-do and aristocratic families, specifically in what would be called the study room. I would think that the concept of writing by hand was well-revered at the time, in contrast to the digital world that is constantly changing, even to this day.  If there is a cover for an inkwell that’s protecting ink, writing with it must have been a huge deal, especially considering ink probably wasn’t all that cheap either. Given that, if the people from the early 1900s saw all the broken pens with ink spilling out of them today, they would probably be aghast or even start crying.

An inkwell and a cap. They seem like such insignificant objects in comparison to all the tools we can use today. However, they also represent a time where writing was important and even revered. If one made a mistake on the document, they could not erase it. Sure, they could cross it out, but in most cases, the writer had to get a new piece of paper and rewrite what they needed to write. With the invention of erasable pens and pencils and with the ability to backspace on a computer, this kind of error seems minuscule now, making people less aware of what they’re writing and the meaning of their writing.


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