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Title: Sailboat Glass Rocker #204 pattern
Name: Ink Blotter
Date: 1920-1939
Medium: Blue glass
Country/Culture: American
Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 3 in. (5.1 x 2.5 x 7.6 cm)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of the Iowa State Questers. In the Iowa Quester Glass Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2012.294
More Information
The term ink blotter refers either to a handheld rocking device or simple blotting paper, both used to absorb excess ink when writing with fountain pens. Hand blotters came into fashion during the early 1800s, and generally featured a small handle mounted on a curved base, whose bottom surface was covered in felt and gently rocked over written text to absorb wet ink. These rocking blotters, or rockers, were made of various sturdy materials like wood, stone, metal, porcelain, or glass.
Published References: Glass Lover’s Glass Database.