Sanford’s Premium Writing Fluid

Provenance: John Hinkel Collection

Ink containers were produced in an amazing assortment of types, shapes, sizes, and colors as you can see in the Sanford’s Inks advertisement above.

Ink bottles are typically divided into three major categories which include the small ink bottles most collectors are familiar with. Next, you see master ink bottles that are larger and used to fill inkwells, followed by the jugs and larger containers for the ink such as our museum example.

In 1857, when William H. Sanford Jr. was 21 years old, he founded the Sanford Manufacturing Company with Frederick W. Redington. They were a supplier and dealer of inks and glues to local Worcester, Massachusetts book and stationery shops. His own father, Rev. William H. Sanford was one of those and the two formed another company, Sanford & Co. for this purpose.

Sanford Mfg. Co. moved to Chicago in 1866 which was five years before the Great Chicago Fire which would destroy Sanford’s Chicago location. New facilities were soon built after the devastation of the fire, and operations resumed. The company would become one of America’s largest ink manufacturers and suppliers by the end of the Great Depression.

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