What do you look for in a collecting organization?

  • 27 Dec 2013 11:35 AM
    Message # 1463994
    Fritz Wirth (Administrator)
    What one thing persuades you to join a group?  What service do you most want?
  • 20 Jan 2014 12:20 PM
    Reply # 1478850 on 1463994
    Barbara Bureker (Administrator)
    The main reason I would join a collecting group is INFORMATION. I want to learn more about what I collect. Another reason is to share pictures - and possibly even share actual inkwells (buy, sell, trade). I think it would be great if we had a spot on this site that would allow the second to happen.

    Another reason is just making connections with people who have a similar interest.
  • 21 Jan 2014 12:13 AM
    Reply # 1479792 on 1463994
    Fritz Wirth (Administrator)
    Finding information and expanding my knowledge was my key.  Has the Society ever discuss or issued guidelines about sales transactions between members?  Maybe it could be handled the same way members post ADs in the Stained Finger.
  • 07 Jun 2014 11:45 PM
    Reply # 3002636 on 1463994
    Sandra Cormier

    Likewise, I look for information on the inkwells I have collected and sources for more details. I enjoy the personal stories of how members came to buy certain inkwells and how they implement repairs if necessary.

    I am always amazed at how many inkwells I have that are not listed in any books available - And I have just about all of them about inkwells!

    By the way, Fritz, this forum/website is an excellent idea! I appreciate all the effort and time you have put into this venture.


  • 20 Sep 2014 5:29 PM
    Reply # 3103730 on 1463994
    Thomas Andriach

    Information. It seems there is not a lot of information out there. Many of mine have no makers name or marks. Also enjoy showing pictures of my collection and seeing others collection. Mine is not fancy. I call my collection the poor mans inkwells. 

  • 24 Sep 2014 6:36 PM
    Reply # 3108748 on 1463994
    Jim Kolbe

    Information and affirmation. Definitely information since there are so many varieties. Lately, affirmation as well, that is to say as a confessed inkwell junkie going into withdrawal at this stage I occcasionally need to see that others enjoy and collect what I do and that there is in fact a market for the items I've been spending money on for qjuite some time!

    I've noticed that particularly the "online" variety of inkwell purveyors tend to disappear. But I was elated by recent trolling expeditions on ebay and others to see that the market for inks is coming back, particularly in the types comprising the majority of my collection: colored cut glass, art glass, silver overlay. Information from the collectors group can take many forms and be very helpful to everyone.

    Bravo to you Fitz and everyone involved in the new site. It's off to a rousing start!

  • 20 Mar 2021 11:08 AM
    Reply # 10217595 on 1463994
    Barry Marcus

         I would love to see the revival of the Society.  I was a member from sometime in the early 80's through the end of the Society.  My wife and I have even attended one of the convention (Philadelphia). I miss the newsletter of which I still have a copy or so and would like to see its revival.  I would participate to the extent of posting some of my inkwells and inkstands with descriptions which I have prepared.  A periodic zoom meeting in which we can display and talk about an unusual inkwell of inkstand which we think would be of particular interest to all would be great. 

    Barry Marcus

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