Thursday, 15 October 2015

Ink a Day: Shaws Inks Are the Best!

Swaw's Ink bottle. Private Collection.

Little known Shaws Ink is one of the oldest manufacturers doing business in London as far back as 1750. This octagonal ink bottle is not only embossed with the name of the firm but advertises it too: "Shaws Inks Are the Best." The bottle has the characteristic burst lip top - a result of 19th-century methods of glass making.

Henry Shaw set up business in the City of London in 1750 specialising in printing and book binding. The company is still in business today as Shaw & Sons producing stationery, professional forms, bespoke ceremonial items, election supplies and funeral products.

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