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Are there inkwells in old Victorian desks

we found a little knob on the side of our old victorian desk it swings out when you pull the knob and we think we fond an inkwell that is about the size of ashot glass and has a sterling silver top

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There are inkwells on Victorian desks, since they have been common throughout the 1950's. They come at affordable prices and you can check out some for sale at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Victorian-Edwardian-Varnished-Old-School-Desk-With-Inkwells-/130848514980?pt=UK_Home_Garden_LivingRoom_TV_Furniture&hash=item1e772de3a4 and http://search.rubylane.com/search/,c=Ink_Well_Writing_Instruments,id=88.3.html.

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Yes ink wells were quite common in desks all the way up to the 1950s.

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Yes, that is an inkwell, or sometimes it was called an ink pot. If your desk also has a long shallow drawer (some do), that is where the quill pens would have been kept. They also used fountain pens with pen nibs, and even some cartridge (you could fill a reservoir) pens in the very late Victorian era. But they always needed the inkwell/pot. Not all desks had them built in so cleverly, however, so your desk may be of higher quality. :)

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