More on Harrison’s Columbian Inks

When it rains ‘ink’ it Pours!

09 May 2012

The Aprils (that is John April and Charles Aprill (2 l’s) have continued to dominate the airways with their phenomenal INK posts of late. It has really been hard for me to keep up with the quality bottles and pictures that have been wowing so many people on facebook.

1853 Harrison’s Columbian Perfumery & Ink Advertisement

I am pausing here today to capture, nest and present some incredible April | Aprill photographs for HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INKS.

I personally like grouping these photographs as it allows me to compare bottles, lip treatment, sizes, embossings etc. and add support images if possible. Just look at the Harrison’s examples below and decide for yourself, that these two gentlemen deserve a moment of applause for sharing such great pieces. In most cases, these Columbian’s are extremely rare and desirable ink bottles.

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HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INKS, cylinders on left, panels on right. 9 in all. The two small paneled Harrison’s are just fine. Not as common as the cylinders. Mebane had the larger. He never did get a good tiny one. The half gallon is ex: Charles Gardner collection. The three 12 panel inks on the right are scarce. Harrison really did use very pretty bottles – Charles Aprill

Gorgeous green, 4″ tall, open pontil HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INK – John April

Two large gallon inks embossed HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INK. Look at the expanded mouth example and the scale next to the two National Bitters (Ear of Corn figurals) – Mitchell Collection

Three small paneled HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INKS in different colors – John April

Two small paneled HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INK’s. Not as common as the cylinders – Charles Aprill

Gallon HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INK – Sandor Fuss Collection

Two extremely rare, HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INK’s with near complete labels – Charles Aprill

HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INK, cylindrical, 7 1/4″ high, medium blueish green, extremely rare and possibly unique in this color –

Extremely rare, HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INK, brilliant sapphire blue, octagonal, pontil scar, 1 7/16″H, inwardly rolled mouth, a mint bottle with somewhat weakened embossed lettering. American, probably blown at the Whitney Glass Works, Glassboro, NJ, C. 1850, extremely rare color – Jeff & Holly Noordsy

Gallon HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INK – Mike Newman Collection

Rare HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN – INK, medium green, octagonal, tubular pontil scar, 1 5/8″ H, inwardly rolled mouth, American, C. 1850, rare color. Blown from green Jersey bottle glass, this delightful little ink is a super example of a very tough to find bottle. Typically blown in pale shades of aquamarine, this colored example is quite uncommon and undeniably beautiful – Jeff and Holly Noordsy


Range of HARRISON’S COLUMBIAN INKs in aqua. Note labeled examples on ends. Mitchell Collection

5″ Harrison paneled master & 4 1/2″ cylinder – Charles Aprill

4 1/2″ o.p. Harrison’s – John April

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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