Bottle; 01/78



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Pottery, dark brown glaze, 12cm tall, with pouring spout. One visitor told us it was a disposable cream bottle (in England). May also be ink.19/02/2010 A visitor, Peter Marsh, curator of "The Stephens Collection", a museum in London, identified this definitely as an ink bottle, probably Stephens Ink, which until two years ago was still the required ink for all official documents in the UK. After 24 hours it oxidises from blue to black and remains indelible for a very long time. Documents written in Stephens ink and recovered after seven years underwater have remained legible. He suggested that the bottle is most likely to be Daultonware.

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