Sanford Inks

Old Ink Bottle Companies & Their History

Sanford Inks were made by the Sanford manufacturing company of Chicago.

Dump diggers are especially familiar with Sanford Ink products. I remember digging turn of the century dumps and finding dozens of Sanford's Inks and Library paste bottles. The Chicago company was supposedly established in 1858, but few early bottles from this company are known. Bottle Collectors and Bottle Diggers are more used to seeing the cone inks, and master inks from the turn of the century. In 1900, the company suffered a huge loss due to fire which cost estimates of losses were put at $125,000. The original principals in the company were the Sanford Brothers whose fledging business W. H. Redington, turned into a huge operation. William Sanford and Frederick Redington began operations in Chicago in 1866.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bottles in the above picture date after 1892.  The paste jar was patented in 1898.

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