ca. 1770 - ca. 1920
The use of paper and ink was less frequent than writing slates and slate pencils, but still an important part of a student’s education. The students likely used the inkwells found in the archaeological assemblage along with a dip pen to write on paper. These inkwells would have fit directly into each desk at the Smith School. The lead casing and lid helped to prevent spills of the ink contained in the well. Archaeologists found 4 glass inserts at the Smith School site, which the administrators and teachers would have most likely kept on hand as replacement inserts for the lead casings when the wells broke.