Ink balls, ca. 1740
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Wood, leather, and horsehair; Larger: H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm), Diam. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); smaller: H. 8 5/8 in. (9.6 cm), Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Frankliniana Collection, The Franklin Institute, Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2707
Two leather inking pads, also called ink balls, with wooden handles, used to spread ink over a composed page of type.
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