Friday, 7 November 2014

Ink a Day: antique ink bottle cleaning time




Continuing the Ink a Day series over at Palimpsest with a post on Blackwood & Co, I went through my old stash of glass bottles and lo! I discovered one of the cloudy specimens bore the name of the 19th-century London ink maker. 
It is a light aqua octagonal bottle, 6 cm tall, with a burst top and full of swirls that are clouding the glass. "Blackwood & Co London" is partly embossed on it - since the bottle was too small "D" is missing from Blackwood and the last "O" is cut in half.

I've cleaned the bottle with Steradent Active Plus - fizzy tablets used to clean dentures. I let the solution work for 20 minutes and ended up with a slightly cleaner bottle, though not as sparkling as I'd expected. Actually I don't see much difference, do you?



And the obligatory Before and After



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