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Gutenberg Blue - 1930-Ish


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#1 Inked

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 00:29

Hello folks

 

I bought an old ink bottle because I love the old style of these shoe bottles.

 

I think it is from the late 1920's, early 30's based on the glass and Bakelite cap. Very similar to some of the earliest Montblanc caps.

 

If anyone has any other info on this company/time period please chime in as the great www is pretty void of info except for a few pics.

 

I revived a little of the dried powder in the bottle, and the results are below.

 

Enjoy,

 

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fpn_1588897200__gutenberg_tank_tinte_blu

 

 



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#2 LizEF

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 01:12

Fun read.  Thanks for sharing.  I'd bet there's supposed to be more ink and less water, for a darker blue, but that's totally a guess.  Enjoy your dried up ink! ;)



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Posted 08 May 2020 - 01:25

nice colour! reminds me of Noodler's Midway or Navajo Turquoise (both are very close to one another, but i find Navajo somewhat more saturated)

 

Thank you for sharing. now the next person who googles for the ink will at least find this thread and these pictures!


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Posted 08 May 2020 - 01:41

Thanks for the journey into the past  :)



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Posted 08 May 2020 - 02:16

Thanks for sharing!


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#6 SchaumburgSwan

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Posted 08 May 2020 - 02:52

Hi,

 

great find! Very nice bottle, a nice blue.

They should revive that glass for their G10 iron gall ink (brown-black colored).

 

Best wishes

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Posted 09 May 2020 - 05:35

What an amusing bottle.

 

I wonder how this blue compares to modern Gutemberg inks, assuming it's the same company who used to make Montblanc ink's.


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Posted 09 May 2020 - 08:41

Thank you for sharing this. Love the bottle! 



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Posted 10 May 2020 - 01:43

This seems like a fun experience. I cannot read the label in your photo, unfortunately. The typography might help dating this old and beautiful bottle.



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Posted 10 May 2020 - 19:23



Fun read.  Thanks for sharing.  I'd bet there's supposed to be more ink and less water, for a darker blue, but that's totally a guess.  Enjoy your dried up ink! ;)

 

Just for you .....more ink, less water......

 

fpn_1589138394__gutenberg_tank_tinte_blu

 

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Posted 10 May 2020 - 19:25

nice colour! reminds me of Noodler's Midway or Navajo Turquoise (both are very close to one another, but i find Navajo somewhat more saturated)

 

Thank you for sharing. now the next person who googles for the ink will at least find this thread and these pictures!

 

What colour does it remind you of now?

 

This was, as usual, the first place I came for info as well.

 

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#12 LizEF

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Posted 10 May 2020 - 20:08

 

Just for you .....more ink, less water......

 

fpn_1589138394__gutenberg_tank_tinte_blu

 

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Nice!  I like this one even better.  Sort of Diamine Misty Blue-ish, but not. :)



#13 SenZen

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 15:20

Thank you, I really like what came out from that first attempt, very soothing ink.


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 15:28

 

What colour does it remind you of now?

 

This was, as usual, the first place I came for info as well.

 

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I'm not sure now... It's more of a true blue and far less of a turquoise. Nothing i have in my ink collection. I have turquoises and blue blacks. kinda looks like other peoples pictures of Serenity/Florida blue i guess.


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Posted 15 May 2020 - 16:25

More like 1930s. Could you take a pic of the label?



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Posted 15 May 2020 - 16:30

Might this be the same company? https://www.gutenber...rfarbtinte.html 



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Posted 15 May 2020 - 20:43

Might this be the same company? https://www.gutenber...rfarbtinte.html

 

Dear mana,

 

it seems... those are made for dip pens, but they have some inks for fp's with the classic Gutenberg logo: https://www.gutenber...nilintinte.html

 

You made me discover a new ig ink. Or is this relabled ESSRI?

https://www.gutenber...bibeltinte.html

 

Best wishes

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Posted 15 May 2020 - 23:08

 

Dear mana,

 

it seems... those are made for dip pens, but they have some inks for fp's with the classic Gutenberg logo: https://www.gutenber...nilintinte.html

Ah, sorry, was supposed to post the other link... but the company is the same? ;) Anyway, I think the people who are actually interested in this can do the research themselves.



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Posted 16 May 2020 - 02:37

Reminds me of Kon-Peki

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 07:06

Might this be the same company? https://www.gutenber...rfarbtinte.html

 

I think that is the shop of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz. The ink they are selling is made by

 

GUTENBERG GmbH of Bergdorf near Hannover, who also made the shoe bottle in the OPs post.

 

"For over 80 years Läufer as well as Gutenberg, leading manufacturers and marketers of high quality products in the stationary trade."

 

They used to make Montblanc's inks but seem to have retreated now to a few basic school colours and a line of Notary inks. The colours are not very inspiring but, if it is still made in house, I would bet it is good quality ink.

 

The firm went insolvent in 2011 ( a bad thing for ink :)) and was restructured. This probably explains their now modest presence in the fountain pen ink market.


Edited by AidenMark, 19 May 2020 - 07:11.

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