Posted 3 years ago
My 8-yr old son came back from his walk in the farm fields with his grandparents today, ran up to me, his face covered in dirt, eyes lit up: "Mom, I have a super special present for you! Guess which hand!" I guessed the left one. He stretched his empty black dirty hand to me (we live in a black dirt region famous for its rich soil for growing all sorts of stuff)...I went "OMG, look at your hands!" He then stretched his right hand to me with his find. He was holding this small broken bottle he found in the fields. I went "OMG, this is so cool!" ...He brought me glass fragments and bottles before, most of which had to go to recycling. "Is this antique? How old is it? Do you like it?" For me, that was the moment of pride and realization that some things sometimes do sink in in that little daredevil's head of his... "So how old is it?" he kept asking. I looked at the bottom and said "Well, it's from 1897, so do the math, it's an easy one!" The excitement quickly changed to annoyance "I don't wanaaaaaa!" and he ran away. Ok, back to Earth... =)
This is a small hand tooled 2 1/2" Carter's Ink Well marked 1897 Made in USA. From what I understand, not a rare one, ebay has a few of them. But this one will never be for sale, obviously because it's broken, but mostly because it means a lot. It is in the front center of my partially displayed collection now. I hope this excitement and appreciation of old things stays with him through his life.
Thank you for looking!