This non-food related Household bottles page is one of two typology pages (in addition to the Miscellaneous & Foreign bottles page) which comprise the "catch-all" sections for bottle types not otherwise covered by the other major bottle type categories.Specifically, this page addresses non-food products clearly used in households across the United States and Canada.
Additional links to images of similar bottles are also frequently included.
The array of references used to support the conclusions and estimates found here - including the listed dating ranges - are noted.
Additional information and estimates are based on the empirical observations of the author over 50 years of experience; this is often but not always noted.
Various terminology is used in the descriptions that may be unfamiliar if you have not studied other pages on this site.
Glass ink bottles and inkwells definitely date back to before the period covered by this website, i.e., prior to 1800, although they were not common before that time.
In Europe, glass inkwells dating from the early 18th century have been noted and advertisements for ink bottles date at least as early as the 1770s (Van den Bossche 2001; Faulkner 2009).
Additional categories and/or sub-categories will almost certainly be added as future updates to this page.
Each of the pictured bottles has a relatively short description and explanation including estimated dates or date ranges for that type bottle and links to other view pictures of the bottle.
Within these sub-categories, this website breaks the small utilitarian ink bottles into several major body cross-section related groups - "cylindrical," "square/rectangular," "multi-sided (more than than 4 sides; see image to the left of 1865 ink bottles)," and a catchall category of "other shapes." (Photo to the left by George Salmon Photography, courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration.) Larger bulk or master ink bottles are are more simply divided into two categories - "cylindrical" (the large majority) and "other shapes" (Nelson & Hurley 1967; Covill 1971).