Ink well

Selected because it exudes nostalgia and has a patent as a starting point.

Ink well
case solved
Case number - AIBDC : 005043
Ink well with a screw top lid.
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designerUnkown - Wanted
ManufacturerCriterion
CountryUK
Date1930-1960 (circa) - Wanted
Dimensionsheight 30 mm, diameter 38 mm
Materialsplastic, PF, phenol formaldhyde, Bakelite
Methodcompression moulded
Colourbrown
InscriptionMoulded: "CRITERION S&D 'EXCELITE' PAT 398131 MADE IN ENGLAND" (base)
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13/04/14

Ink well AIBDC : 005043 Better not to let on if you remember these from your school days.

14/04/14

The GB patent number 398131 was filed by John Tough of Hockley, Birmingham, on May 2nd 1933 and entitled ‘Improvements in Inkwells’.

15/04/14

Ian, you are amazing. I wonder what there is that is known about John Tough of Hockley?

15/04/14

The real thing looks like this:

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Ink well: Case AIBDC : 005043

The specifically 'wanted' information is who designed it and when but all information is useful.

Patentee: John Trough

14/04/14

Chief Agent Ian Holdsworth has come up trumps again: the GB patent number 398131 was filed by John Tough of Hockley, Birmingham, on May 2nd 1933 and entitled ‘Improvements in Inkwells’. To see the patent go to the evidence locker.

Is the patentee the designer? Can you substansiate this?

 

Case solved

 

Designer: John Tough (probably)

Date: 1933

Participating agents: Ian Holdsworth