Inkstands remained out on a writing table or desk, so their visual appeal was important. The “umbrella” inkstand (also called a “paneled pyramid” or a “fluted cone stand”) was a shape popular from the 1840s to the latter part of the century. Intended for post–Civil War New Orleans, the inkstands aboard the Republic were perhaps headed for schools, including new ones established for the former slave population.
Nearly 500 umbrella inkstands were recovered from the SS Republic. The majority of these are the eight-paneled style made from a beautiful aquamarine glass. When placed in the light, they can display the colors of the rainbow, refracting the sunlight – the result of long exposure to saltwater and its corrosive action on the glass.
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 Umbrella Inkstand
Bottle approximately 6 cm tall
- Display stand with engraved SS Republic plaque
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Bottles from the Deep 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.