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On Hide Glue

With the sheer number of adhesives peering at us from every hardware store’s shelves, it is hard to believe that most glues seen on antiques fall into only one category: animal. Hide glues were used extensively, and almost exclusively, until the mid-twentieth century, when aliphatic resin glues were developed. Even today, with a plethora of […]

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The Great Inkwell Experiment Part Six—Fourth-Week Results

glass well with a simple gravity-closing hinged lid; glass well with a silver snap-close hinged lid; metal well with glass insert and a hinged outer cover (thus with space between the insert and the cover); wooden well with glass insert and an unhinged cloth-lined wooden lid; glass writing-box bottle, with threaded brass lid; pottery ink […]

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The Great Inkwell Experiment Part Five—Third-Week Results

glass well with a simple gravity-closing hinged lid; glass well with a silver snap-close hinged lid; metal well with glass insert and a hinged outer cover (thus with space between the insert and the cover); wooden well with glass insert and an unhinged cloth-lined wooden lid; glass writing-box bottle, with threaded brass lid; pottery ink […]

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The Great Inkwell Experiment Part Four—Second-Week Results

glass well with a simple gravity-closing hinged lid; glass well with a silver snap-close hinged lid; metal well with glass insert and a hinged outer cover (thus with space between the insert and the cover); wooden well with glass insert and an unhinged cloth-lined wooden lid; glass writing-box bottle, with threaded brass lid; pottery ink […]

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The Great Inkwell Experiment Part Two—The Subjects

We are happy to announce that the experiment is up and running, starting on February 18, 2011. Details of the Inkwells are as follows: glass well with a simple gravity-closing hinged lid metal well with glass insert and a hinged outer cover (thus with space between the insert and the cover) glass writing-box bottle, with […]

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The Great Inkwell Experiment

There have been several thoughts expressed to us recently, showing concern about how useful old inkwells actually are, due to evaporation rates. It occurred to us that it might be useful to have some empirical evidence either for or against (or, more likely still, both) this feeling. We have a number of inkwells in our […]

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