Payson’s Indelible Ink.
Antebellum miniature bottle of indelible ink for marking textiles manufactured by A. Lyman Williston (b.1834) of Northampton, Massachusetts, a noted temperance and anti-slavery advocate and benefactor of Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges. Williston superintended the Greenville Manufacturing Co. which made sheeting and cotton goods. Williston’s father, John Williston, the original inventor and manufacturer of Payson’s Indelible Ink, was a druggist and also a manufacturer of cotton goods. The present bottle on indelible ink is housed in its original tin tube that retains its original label including directions for use “...adapted Nov. 1853.” The ink—which went on pale—would be applied to the cloth, allowed to dry, and then ironed to darken it: “...it becomes of a deep black, which cannot be effaced wither by washing or time.”
Description: Payson’s Indelible Ink.
[Northampton, Massachusetts, c.1853]. 2.25 inches in height. Printed label wrapped around a seamed tin tube containing a small glass bottle of ink and paper packing. Tube with embossed lid; bottle retaining dried ink and its original cork stopper. Very good.
Ref. Representative Men of Massachusetts, 1890-1900 (Everett, Mass., 1898), pp133ff.