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    Posted 5 years ago

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    ~ Hi CW Gang ~

    I got this here in the summer for about a buck. It is a vintage Stamp Moistener. It is made of white porcelain with stainless steel trim. The steel on the roller wheer is marked: Made in USA, Sengbusch Self Closing Ink Stand CC. Milwaukee, Wis. The very bottom is also stamped with same Sengbusch logo with 4 black feet. Super fine condition. Lots of times the roller was dropper on the bath part causing cracks and chips.
    This one is Mighty fine condition. Roller rolls super. Metal parts have minor patina at the edges. It is about ( inches ) 4.25 x 3.25 x 3.5 tall. I remember my Mom having one of these in the late 1960's. From a era gone by of Office things.

    Not sure of the date these were made but they came in a couple sizes. A larger and a smaller model. This is the larger model.

    I looked on CW to find another, and did not find one. You mean this is a First post for one of these ??? I will look again to see if i find anything else here on CW.....??

    Thanks for LOOKING // LOVING !!

    ~ Rose ~


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    1. Quantumphysica Quantumphysica, 5 years ago
      It is probably telling of my age that even knowing this got used for stamps in some way, I have no idea how it would have actually been utilized...
      It's got a nice, sleek look to it though, rather decorative!
    2. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      The bottom you would put some water in it and then roll the wheel around, in which the wheel got wet and you would swipe the stamp on the wheel to make it wet. It was used by offices where there was lots of mailing out and stamps....saved a secretary a lot of licking of stamps. It was the design of the time....and this is really heavy too !!

      I think we also tried to put the stamp on the wheel and then roll it. Sometimes thed stamp stayed on...or sometimes it fell off in the water below and you had to grab the roller off quickly and get your stamp before it got too wet soaking in the water.

      Jancal20 can probably describe the use better.....LOL
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 5 years ago
      I remember one of these in my Dad's office, Rose! :-)

      Quantumphysica, it would be used by putting a small amount of water in its 'well', just enough to wet the surface of the round wheel -- which could then be used to moisten the back side of postage stamps...back before stamps became "peel-n-stick".
    4. Quantumphysica Quantumphysica, 5 years ago
      Thanks for the info! As always, happy to learn something new :)

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