Have you ever used one of these?

Last Week’s Reveal: Before the invention of ballpoint pens, people wrote with fountain pens, which had to be filled with ink, or before that, a pen that was dipped into an inkwell. Go further back and those pens were made with goose or turkey feather quills. Old school desks often had a hole in the front edge to hold the ink bottle or well.

Not everyone could afford to purchase ink, so people made ink from a recipe that included oak galls, iron and salt. Ink purchased in a store was often called India Ink. It was black and VERY PERMANENT. Susie Walker recalled her mother was a teacher and wrote lots of handwritten notes with her “fountain” pen while Lorna Hefley commented that she still dips her calligraphy and drawing pens in an ink bottle.

This ink bottle, from the permanent collection at the Faulkner County Museum, came from the old Lollie Plantation store. The Lollie Plantation, located 12 miles southwest of Conway, was developed by John Elijah Little in 1887 and was named for his first wife, Lollie. A town developed on the plantation with several establishments, schools and a post office. To see more Faulkner County Museum artifacts, visit the museum, its Facebook page or its website www.faulknercountymuseum.org