ORRIN PIERCE’S CHILDHOOD INKWELLS
An inkwell is a small container used for holding ink in a place convenient for the person who is writing.
The artist or writer dips the brush, quill, or dip pen into the inkwell as needed.
An inkwell usually has a lid to prevent contamination, evaporation, accidental spillage, and excessive exposure to air.
Inkwells gradually fell out of use in the early part of 20th century as the reservoir fountain pen (which needs to be filled only occasionally) replaced the dip pen,
which needed to be dipped in ink after writing a few lines.