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United States Navy WWI trench art ink well

Date: 1915-1918
Overall: 51 x 63 x 63 mm, 0.1 g
Medium: Brass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Inkwell
Object No: 00028766

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    This souvenir from WWI is a cylindrical ink well with a hollow base and a United States Navy button on the lid. It was made during the period 1915-1918.
    SignificanceThis is an example of the types of trench art made by servicemen or civilians and kept as souvenirs.
    HistoryInkwells are the reservoirs used to hold ink for dipping a pen, whereas inkstands, contain an inkwell plus other objects. These might include a wafer box to hold wafers used for sealing letters and a pot of fine powder used to stop ink from bleeding, plus pen rests and quill holders. While such writing sets were useful, they were also cumbersome, and many travellers settled for the simplicity of an inkwell and pen. Inkwells began to disappear with the invention of the fountain pen in 1884. This inkwell was made as a souvenir during World War I.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: United States Navy trench art ink well

    Primary title: United States Navy WWI trench art ink well

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