Old ink bottle questions

I have 4 ink bottles which I got from an estate sale a while back. Two of them have no markings, one has a capital “E” on the bottom, and one has a “$” on the bottom. They are appear to be older glass. They are all blueish/ greenish in color. I was looking for any information like age, brand, value, etc.


  • Thanks for posting.

    Three of your ink bottles are late 19th century British in origin. They are frequently called "shear-top" inks but technically they are made in a "burst-top" method. See https://sha.org/bottle/finishes.htm

    The fourth example is likely also British of about the same late 19th century date.

    These are quite common and have some minor value - things get more interesting value-wise in more unusual colors and shapes.

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