This ceramic artifact is one of the distinctive ink bottles recovered from the SS Republic, a Civil War-era ship that sank in 1865 off the coast of Georgia. Attributed to any number of Staffordshire, England potteries it originally featured an ink maker's label and was sealed with a cork and wax.


As the Civil War took its toll on the New Orleans economy many supplies were in desperate need once the conflict ended. Everyday items such as writing supplies were in high demand from businesses and schools across the city and the south. It is evident that the cargo loaded onto the SS Republic in New York was selected with the intent to help such a widespread issue.


Ceramic ink pots from this period were durable and simplistic in design with its main purpose to be placed on a writing desk or table without tipping over, ready to receive the writer’s dipped pen.  When the pot’s supply of ink ran low, it was then refilled for continued use. The shiny ceramic glaze protecting the surface of the pot remains intact after nearly 140 years on the Atlantic seabed, providing each sample a sparkling sheen.


Whereas every effort has been made to choose the best examples of shipwreck artifacts for our collectors, some blemishes and imperfections will be evident due to the harsh conditions the pieces have been subjected to during their years in the deep ocean.

SS Republic Ceramic Ink Pot

SKU: 300253
  • Ink Pot is approximatley 6 cm tall.



    • Display stand with engraved SS Republic plaque
    • Certificate of Authenticity
    • Lost Gold of the Republic Book
  • If the product you received does not meet your expectations a return or exchange is permitted within 30 days of purchase. All items being returned or exchanged must be in their original condition and complete with all packaging, certificate of authenticity and promotional gifts as applicable. All authentic shipwreck artifacts will be examined on an individual basis for any tampering or damage. Seascape Artifacts Exhibits, Inc. reserves the right to decline the return or exchange if an artifact has been damaged or altered in any way. Refunds will be issued between 5-10 business days using the original payment method.