Tim, and all,
Originally Posted by TimKindred
I own a handful of these ink erasers. Some of them still have their sheaths, which are made of pressed paper, much like some of the eyeglass cases of the time. I can personally vouch for the fact that these are quite sharp enough to do surgery with, having inadvertently performed some "surgery" on my hand with them.
For a good description of writers' tools, see Schnapps' School of the Clerk. With his kind permission, I can send you (or anyone else who might be interested) a copy, if you'll drop me a line with your e-mail address. (Large file - 1.3 MB)
I've also got several photos of inkwells and ink erasers I can share, if anyone is interested.
Yours most respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. L. ("Rob") Griffiths.
Company "G", 157th N.Y. Vols.
Forum member since November 17th, 2004.
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