Take a look at this neat old Tip Top Ink bottle I found this weekend. A beautiful, and very thick, square glass container with a jet black screw top lid, plus a near perfect label featuring super graphics as well as the revelation that this "washable blue" ink "for fountain pens and general use" was made right here in STL MO by Levison & Blythe MGF Co. I'm not sure of the exact year, but after performing a quick web search about Levison & Blythe, I discovered a very interesting article about John Hinkel, an ink bottle collector / fellow Missourian who, coincidentally enough, actually lives in a town about 15 minutes away from me. The article goes into great detail about many of the centuries old ink makers from MO, --including the makers of my ink bottle! Levison & Blythe was established in 1854 and operated in several locations in downtown STL before eventually closing shop in the 1950's. So whatever the actual date is of my bottle, it's OLD-- yay! CLICK HERE to read more about the company, as well as the many others, and to see some great photos from John's incredible collection.