Museum Quality C1840 INK SANDER/POUNCE POT/Sandbox AAFA
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Museum Quality Circa 1840 Ink Sander or Pounce Pot in Great Paint!
Description: By far, the most pristine early baluster sander or pounce pot I’ve ever had, and one with the very best mustard paint. You won’t find one better in paint. Circa 1840, it is museum quality in every way. Measures 3¼ inches high and 3 inches across at the dish. Baluster body is lathe turned and the cup is perforated with the traditional 6-pointed star for filling the “sandbox” with sand, and for sprinkling it over rough 19th century paper. As the photos show, the sander is in absolutely mint condition, including its mustard paint. Traditional blue paper covers the bottom. Sander still has its original pumice inside! It was as if this sander had been kept in storage for 170 years – or in a museum.
History of Sanders or Pounce Pots : Ink sanders were the 18th and 19th century’s equivalent of our blotting paper. Early paper didn't absorb ink well and the dip quill pens often left too much ink on the page, so to dry the ink and keep it from smearing, a fine sand, called pounce, was sprinkled on the page. The containers had perforated tops for the job. The pounce was a mixture of crushed sand, pumice or cuttlefish bone, finely powdered in a mortar and pestle. After absorbing and drying the ink, it was poured back in the sander to be used again. That’