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allan500
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Date: 7/11/13 7:13 PM

I just got a wonderful Kenmore 1431 with its desk. In the second draw of the desk there is this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/allan500/9263391243/

What the heck is it? On the cap there is written Banklite No.60

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Date: 7/11/13 7:56 PM

My guess is that it is an inkwell, or ink bottle. The sliding "lid" could be moved over the opening to keep the ink from evaporating.

I believe there was an attempt by sewing machine manufacturers (including Singer) to make the sewing machine desks more multi-functional. See, it's not only a sewing machine desk, you can also sit at the desk and write letters!

Is there a tray in the desk drawer with a circular cut out where this item fits?

Description of Singer #42 cabinet (ISMACS)
Ink holder from Singer #42 cabinet for sale on Etsy
Blog page showing photo of Singer #42 drawer with inkwell and pencil tray.

***In my youth (dinosaurs roamed the earth), I actually owned several fountain pens. I bought small glass bottles of ink, which had a small reservoir built into the inside of the bottle, like this. You'd tip the bottle to fill that well, open the bottle, and then you'd insert the tip of the pen into the reservoir, and use the little lever on the side of the pen to depress the ink bladder inside, and then lower the lever and the ink bladder would expand again and suck up ink into the pen. I suppose if I had a huge bottle of ink, it would make sense to transfer some of it into an ink "keeper" near where I did my writing. Writing with a nib point fountain pen was an interesting experience. Now I type.

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PS: Yes, spilled ink was NO FUN. But I could get green or purple ink.
ETA: Info about Singer #42 cabinet and Singer inkwell.
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In reply to CM_Sews

Date: 7/11/13 9:51 PM

Interesting......

I have the #42 cabinet and the top drawer has what looks to be a factory installed bobbin or thread holder.

Someone must have tattled on me so I wouldn't get the cabinet with the built in inkwell. The little red headed boy in front of me absolutely would not stop pestering me in class. I told him to cease and desist or I would splatter him with my ink pen (cartridge fountain pens by 1963). I wonder what his mom thought about the ink splatters all of his white uniform shirt.

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Date: 7/11/13 10:12 PM

My goodness! I never would have guessed. There in fact is a cutout for the bottle. Thanks.
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Date: 7/11/13 10:21 PM

The top drawer of my desk has a row of dowels for thread. I'm not old enough to have actually used dip-pens in school, but I'm old enough to have used a school desk with a built-in ink reservoir.
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Date: 7/12/13 10:49 AM

That's Bakelite, not Banklite... and stuff made from Bakelite is collectible! Do a search for Bakelite #60 desk on eBay and you'll see lots of your inkwell! Looks like it sells for about $20 (check completed listings). Not that you'd sell it when you have the desk!

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