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Antique Master Ink Bottle Hall of Fame

Here are some of the best antique master ink bottles seen on the Internet. If you have a top ink that you would like to brag about here, then please submit JPG picture and description to Also indicate whether you would like to publicize your name/Email as the owner of the bottle.

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Golden amber 6 1/2" master ink with tons of whittle.

The Higgins inks are believed to be the only known embossed Western ink. Made in San Francisco during the 1870s. R.L. Higgins began with a stationary store selling educational materials. Originally located at 35 South C Street, Higgins introduced Virginia City to previously unattainable merchandise. The business lasted through 1883, moving its location once. These extremely rare bottles also come in aqua and a small sized inkwell with the some embossing pattern.

Info courtesy of Pacific Glass Auction, who sold this bottle at their Oct 12, 2001 auction.


Deep emerald green pontilled master ink, 5 5/8" in height. Attributed to Lockport Glassworks, Lockport, NY. Also see pontilled base.


Won by Ron Caspari at eBay.

David's green master with partial Label.

Also see matching ruler that pictures the same bottle.

E.S. Curtis w/ label E.S. CURTIS / BLUE BLACK INK with label on front and back (no embossing). In rare cobalt blue and with open pontil base.
Teal labeled CAW'S INK Teal master ink with label and embossed "CAW'S INK".
Yellow 3PM Carter's Master Master ink 3-piece mold in honey yellow/amber "CARTER'S"

Reggie Lynch, Email:

Labeled CARTER'S Cathedral Master CARTER'S Cathedral-style master ink with pour spout and full label
Set of Carter Cathedral Inks Full set of cathedral-style Carter's Inks from left: quart, pint, half pint, and desktop.
Teal Green STAFFORD'S INK Teal green master STAFFORD'S INK

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Amber Carter's Ink with Indian label Amber Carter's Ink with Indian label

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