Ink stone on stand, ca. 1740
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Granite or marble, and wood; Stone: H. 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm), W. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm), D. 19 1/25 in. (49.4 cm); stand: H. 30 in. (76.2 cm), W. 21 in. (53.3 cm), D. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Frankliniana Collection, The Franklin Institute, Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa.), 4156
The upper surface of the flat stone slab holds thick printers' ink. The porous leather covering of an ink ball absorbs the ink, and can be pressed onto a sheet of type to prepare it for printing.
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