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Cobalt glass inkwells

Cobalt glass inkwells can be found in many flea markets and malls. These new pieces have both silver colored and brass screw-on tops. There are a number of sizes available. The pattern is usually a simple fluting or vertical ribbing.

Glass is thick and heavy with numerous flaws. Pieces wholesaled for $4-$8. Tops are glued on; old original caps would be plastered in. The glue fluoresces under long wave black light


New cobalt glass inkwells. Left: about 3″ square, silver tone screw-on cap, molded vertical columns. Right, about 1½″ square, brass screw-on cap, perfectly flat sides with no pattern.