Glass inkstand with caps, two wells for red and blue-black ink, with covers. Typical office and service desk item used in Commonwealth Serum Laboratories offices, c1950. Used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited, Parkville, Victoria.

Physical Description

Glass inkstand, moulded from a single piece of glass. Inkstand has two wells, each in figure-eight shape (one large well with a lip and one smaller well flush to the surface, adjoined). A shallow well in the middle holds spare nibs, and a longitudinal indent at the front holds two pens. The stand is hollow underneath. The caps are black plastic, and circular with a short projection to either cover or reveal the smaller portion of the well, preventing evapporation.


Example of office equipment used at CSL

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