"The Pen is Mightier" Stoneware Bottle, probably Master Ink

July 11, 2009 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 84

Price Realized: $546.25

($475 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Extremely Rare Stoneware Bottle with Cobalt Tulip Decoration and Inscription "THE PEN IS MIGHTIER," Stamped "Ingalls, Bro's.," circa 1860, straight-sided bottle with conical neck and thick spout, decorated with a brushed cobalt tulip design and inscription. The phrase, "THE PEN IS MIGHTIER," of course refers to the famous adage, "The pen is mightier than the sword," and seems to indicate that the bottle was used as a master ink. From a long-time Ohio collection. 5/8" line on underside, continuing 7/8" up base of bottle. Minor chipping to base. H 10 1/4".

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