Catlinite Ink Well


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Unusual folk art Catlinite ink well. Simple geometric design carved on all four sides. Original matching lid. Great old mellow surface patina. During the last quarter of the 19th century, the Catlinite bearing region of the US was opened up to trade and settlement. Capitalizing on the growing tourist market, some local Native Americans produced non-traditional Catlinite objects for sale. Most often seen are miniature books, letter openers, match holders and other common tourist items. This ink well is the first I have encountered in many years. It is a sweet example, with a great look.

Catlinite is a red clay of the Upper Missouri region, and has long been regarded as a sacred pipestone for a number of different Native peoples. The stone is only found in Pipestone, MN., and in a few nearby locations across the border in Canada. 


Date: 1880-1900.


Size: 1 3/4″ square at base. 2 1/2″ tall with lid.


Condition: Overall very good for this type of soft stone. Expected heavy use wear with some black ink residue. Few old minor use flakes. Please use photos and description to determine condition.


Price: $125


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