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Updated October 25, 2017

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Vintage Blotters

Written references to blotting paper in America have been found dating to as early as 1791. It was not until the 1850s that blotting paper came into common use in America, when Joseph Parker and Son started manufacturing blotting by means of the Foundrinier Paper Machine. In 1872, a patent was issued for improved blotting paper which featured a smooth surface on one side. Rocker blotters were an important piece of desk equipment from the late 1880s until the 1950s.

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R161 Rocker Blotter, Letter Opener and Desk Blotter Corners Set $50

Vintage hand painted wood rocker blotter, letter opener and desk pad-blotter corners set. Lots of gilding and soft hues of light blue and soft pink. Letter opener measures 10.75 inches. Rocker blotter face measures 5 5/8 x 3 1/16 inches, height is 2.5 inches, fresh blotter paper installed. Triangular desk pad corners are 3.75 inches square including a thin piece to slip below your desk pad. Very light wear to high points of painted finish, overall very good condition.

 

 

R174  $100

Antique Victorian  Roller Blotter with sterling silver handle in beautiful art nouveau repouse.  Roller measures 2.75 inches across. The roller is nicely aligned.  Measures 5.25 inches from edge of roller to end of handle.  Excellent condition.  We’re including a package of 4 sheets of our old fashioned absorbent blotting paper for you to use.    

R177 $100

Antique Rocker Blotter, Inlaid wood design is very precise and features a palm tree on the beach with mountains in the background. Three shades of wood were used in this intricate design. Unscrew handle to release the rocker blotter to change paper - we've installed fresh blotting paper. Blotter face measures 6 1/8 x 2.75 inches. Height to top of knob is 3.25 inches. Excellent condition.

R178  $70

Black Amethyst Figural Elephant rocker blotter, ca. 1930s depression era.  Figural elephant on rocker base measures 3.5 wide and is about 2.75 inches tall.  Clips included to hold blotting paper. Excellent condition. 

R179  $40

E+M Germany Wood Rocker Blotter, recent production.  Deep reddish brown stained solid wood.  Large rocker blotter with knob on top.  Blotter face measures 6 x 3 1/8 inches, height to top of knob is 3 5/8 inches.  Fresh blotting paper installed.  Excellent condition. 

R181 $55  

Rocker Blotter, vintage rocker blotter in very dark wood, Asian characters are carved on the face of the blotter, there is also this notation in English:  Mat. X111 37  38.  The sides of the rocker are also carved with a plant illustration.  Rocker face measures 6.25 x 2 7/8 inches.  Height from the bottom of rocker to the top of the knob is 3.5 inches.  Unscrew the knob to release rocker and add new blotting paper when needed, we have installed fresh 110lb blotting paper.  There are two very small nicks to the wood, one on the one side edge of the rocker face and one on one rocker side face near the bottom. They are not very noticeable.  Overall very good condition and a most unusual rocker blotter.  

BLOTTER CLIPS for FIGURAL ROCKERS

Many times the figural glass rocker blotters from the 1930s Depression era are missing the clips that hold on the blotting paper. This includes the Scotty Dog, Elephant, Sailboat and Pony. We now have available reproduction clips for this series that look almost exactly like the original clips used.

CLIPS Set of 2 Rocker Blotter Clips $5

 

Don't Forget the Blotting Paper!

Handy to have around whether you are doing repairs or just writing a letter! High grade 110LB absorbent blotting in white, each sheet measures 4 x 9 inches. This is not the flimsy cardboard-like paper some people are passing off as blotting paper these days!

BLOT Blotting Paper, pack of 4 sheets $1

BLOT25 Blotting Paper, pack of 25 sheets $5.75

BLOT50 Blotting Paper, pack of 50 sheets $10

Advertising Blotters

Advertising blotters, up until the 1950s and the introduction of practical ballpoints were as common as business cards are today. Nearly every company in business in the 1920s through the 1950s handed out blotters with their advertising on the front. We are pleased to offer select advertising blotters from days gone by!

B1634 Parker advertising blotter $5

ca. 1990s, white with black imprint. Measures 2.75 x 4 5/8 inches. Never used, perfect condition.

 

B1641 Lowe's Flowers $2

Lowe's Flower Shop in Oklahoma City, OK, ca. late 1940s-early 1950s Full color, laminated floral advertisement - From You on Her Birthday. Measures 2.5 x 5 inches. Excellent condition.

 

B1652 Advertising Blotter $3

Wilson Jones columnar forms from the days when accounting was still done on paper with pen and ink. Printed on white gloss in red and blue, goofy horse with pencil behind it's ear and imprint from Asthalter's in Musacatine, Iowa. Asthalter's was an office supply store in business from 1907 - the mid 1970s. Measures 3.25 x 3 inches, un-used white blotting on back side. Mint condition.

 

 

B1659 Elegant 1917 Calendar Blotter $60

This is a pretty amazing souvenir blotter complete with gift box. Embroidered silk cover is attached to four pieces of un-used blotting paper with a beaded and nicely tied yellow ribbon. Embroidered on the silk cover: San Diego Time Passes Friendship Remains Merry Xmas. In the bottom left corner is a small monthly 1917 calendar. This elegant blotter sits inside a simple cardboard box, the lid is wrapped in festive red and green holiday paper. Blotter measures 9.25 x 3.5 inches. There is a small tear to the silk in the top left corner, ends are fringed as they were originally. A small area of the holiday wrapping on the lid is missing. Otherwise this piece is very clean and in very good condition, especially considering this piece is going on 100 years old! Hoping it will go to a loving home.

 

B1669  $15

Advertising Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, WWII era, Brown & Bigelow, Granpop Says: “Paying Your Taxes Sinks the Axis” Absentees Put The Axis at Ease. Erd Co Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.  Lawson illustration of Monkeys and pig playing golf with a coconut. One very light blue smudge on front. Dark blue blotter on back side has a scuff mark on one corner, but has never been used, no ink stains. Measures 8 3/8 x 3.5 inches. Very good condition. 

B1672  $15

Advertising Blotter, ca. 1950, Brown and Bigelow St Paul Minn USA.  Pin up of woman in pink bikini sitting inside big gift box with green pillow and bow. Ray & Parma Blue Print Co Dallas 1, Texas, October – November-December Calendar in black and white.  Dark Blue blotter on back side has never been used,  Measures 8 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches.  Mint condition.  

B1673  $20

Advertising Blotter, ca. 1941, Goes Litho, Know Your Money, Designed to look like US paper currency with illustrations of 7 different presidents and Ben Franklin, green, white and black.  Dark blue blotter on back side. Measures 9.25 x 3 7/8 inches.  No advertising imprint, never used and in mint condition. 

B1675  $15

Advertising Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, Bond Bread featuring DE Boat.  Full color illustration.  White blotter on back side.  Measures 6.5 x 3.5 inches.   Blotter has never been used, but there are some ink stains on the right side front of the blotter, thankfully they are small and don’t interfere with this great illustration.  Excellent condition.  (1 avail) 

B1676  $20

Advertising Blotter, ca. 1940s, Just born – ALL AMERICANS! Don’t infect them with racial and religious hate.  Full color.  Three new born babies and nurse.  NY Union symbol bottom left.  Measures 6.25 x 3 3/8 inches.  Dark blue blotter on back side.  Blotter has never been used and is mint condition.  (1 avail) 

B1678  $10

Advertising Blotter, ca. 1950, New Blue Sunoco why We Suggest You Make the 10 Gallon Test, Royal blue and bright yellow on white background.  Pink blotter on back side.  Blotter has never been used and is in mint condition.  

B1679  $15

Waterman’s Ideal Fountain Pen Calendar Blotter for 1920-1921. Calendar starts in September 1920 and goes through August 1921. Black and red print on very light grey blotting paper. Beautiful illustration of Waterman Pen. Advertising for L.N. Pittman Jeweler Amarillo, Texas. Blotter measures 3 3/8 x 6 inches. Mint condition, never used, no ink blots on the back side. 

B1681  $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Caught-Napping, Chimpanzee napping in a wheelbarrow.  Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1682 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Forced Landing, Chimpanzee and Pigs in Taxi.  Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches. Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1683 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Fore and Aft, Chimpanzee golfing.  Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color. Excellent condition. 

B1685 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Evading the Issue, Chimpanzees at Toll Booth. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1686 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Ping-Bong, Chimpanzees in tree. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color. Excellent condition. 

B1687 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, A Nutty Problem, Chimpanzees opening Golf Balls. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches. Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1688 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Moving Day, Chimpanzees and Elephant. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color. Excellent condition. 

B1689 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, The Cold Call, Chimpanzees at Telephone Booth and Pole. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1690 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Getting the Bird, Chimpanzees & Other Animals at School Prize Day. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1691 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, The Old Grind, Chimpanzees at the Grinding Wheel. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches. Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1692 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Tossed Salad, Chimpanzee tossing vegetables at Pig. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1693  $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Pass the Ammunition, Chimpanzee with Slingshot. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches. Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1694  $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Bums Away, Chimpanzees in a rocket ship. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color. Excellent condition. 

B1696 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Seeing Double, Chimpanzee Pruning Hedge. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1697  $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Loading Zone, Fishing Chimpanzees. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color. Excellent condition. 

B1699 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, I’m Not Exagerating, Chimpanzee with Slingshot. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches. Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1700 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Heads I Win, Chimpanzee Fishing. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color. Excellent condition. 

B1701 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Oh, My Aching Back, Pig ironing Chimpanzee’s Back. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches. Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1702 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Bearing Down, Chimpanzees being chased by Bear. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches. Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1703 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Ain’t Love Grand?, Chimpanzees Family with Umbrella. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches. Full color.  Excellent condition. 

B1704 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Free Ride, Chimpanzees with Flamingo. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color. Excellent condition. 

B1705 $10

Blotter, ca. mid-1940s, illustrated by Lawson Wood, Hot Foot, Chimpanzee in Fancy Chair. Measures 2 7/8 x 4 inches.  Full color. Excellent condition.

B1707  $10

Blotter, ca. 1940s, Outdoor Trails, School’s Out.  Measures 3.5 x 4 inches.  Full color litho printed by Brown and Bigelow.  Light wear at edges, otherwise very good condition.  

B1708  $10

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Advertising Blotter, ca. 1940s, Stop! Look! Listen!  Snap Crackle Pop.  Measures 5.25 x 3.5 inches.  Full color litho Printed in USA.  Great illustrations showing the still familiar Snap, Crackle and Pop boys.  Check out the simple graphics on the box above the bananas.   Never used and in very good condition.

B1709 $15

Waterman's Fountain Pen Calendar Advertising Blotter, ca. 1924, White blotter with black Waterman advertising for Economy Drug Store 1010 Belmont Portland, Oregon. Starts in April 1924 and ends in March 1925. Measures 3.5 x 6 inches. Very good condition.

B1710 $10

Advertising Blotter, Never printed with an advertisement!  Goes Lithographers logo in bottom left corner, Goes was well known for their excellent lithography.  This blotter features an old car with headlights pointed at a roadside sign in the country.  The sign is black, it would, of course, be awaiting an advertisement.  Blue blotter backing has never been used.  Measures 6 x 3.25 inches.  Mint Condition. 

B1711  $10

Advertising Blotter, Never printed with an advertisement!  Goes Lithographers logo in bottom left corner, Goes was well known for their excellent lithography.  This blotter features an old panel truck in a residential neighborhood.  No printing or advertisement on the side of the truck, it is awaiting an advertisement.   Blue blotter backing has never been used.  Measures 6 x 3.25 inches.  Mint Condition. 

B1712 $10

Advertising Blotter, LW. Holley & Sons Company printed in green and red on a mottled grey blotter, Holley was a large commercial office supply and stationery company in Des Moines, Iowa. They private labeled many items made by major manufacturers with their own company information or the information of smaller stationers throughout Iowa. This blotter has a private label for B.J. Madigan in Carroll, Iowa. We have here on our website, many dip pen nibs private labeled L.W. Holley on the nib and box that were originally made by Esterbrook. This blotter measures 4 x 9.25 inches. The blotter has never been used, one corner crimped but overall very good condition.

B1715  $5

Advertising Blotter, Mountain Boys artwork illustrated by Paul Webb, ca. 1940s.  Git your Shotgun and Kem on Paw, For Honesty-Efficiency-Economy in Your Town Government ELECT – 9 names follow for various positions such as Supervisor, town Clerk, Justice of the Peace, etc etc.  The name Webster D Sheldon has been penned out and at the bottom of the list, the name Hebron Sheldon is handwritten.  Full color, measures 4 x 9 inches.  Near mint condition, never used. 

B1716  $5

Advertising Blotter, Mountain Boys artwork illustrated by Paul Webb, ca. 1940s.  Go Get your Gan’maw another club, For Honesty-Efficiency-Economy in Your Town Government ELECT – 9 names follow for various positions such as Supervisor, town Clerk, Justice of the Peace, etc etc.  The name Webster D Sheldon has been penned out and at the bottom of the list, the name Hebron Sheldon is handwritten.  Full color, measures 4 x 9 inches.  Near mint condition, never used. 

B1717  $5

Advertising Blotter, Mountain Boys artwork illustrated by Paul Webb, ca. 1940s.  It was the Only Thing we could figger they was good fer, For a Continuance of an Efficient, Progressive and Honest Government for the Town of Rochester.  ELECT – 9 names follow for various positions such as Supervisor, town Clerk, Justice of the Peace, etc etc.  Full color, measures 4 x 9 inches.  Mint condition, never used. 

B1718  $5

Advertising Blotter, Mountain Boys artwork illustrated by Paul Webb, ca. 1940s.  Goshamighty! A few more real dark nights an’ Gran’pappy will be plumb played out, For a Continuance of an Efficient, Progressive and Honest Government for the Town of Rochester.  ELECT – 9 names follow for various positions such as Supervisor, town Clerk, Justice of the Peace, etc etc.  Full color, measures 4 x 9 inches.  Mint condition, never used. 

B1719  $5

Advertising Blotter, Mountain Boys artwork illustrated by Paul Webb, ca. 1940s.  Goshamighty! Shore is a lot o’ furrin matter in this danged bath water , For a Continuance of an Efficient, Progressive and Honest Government for the Town of Rochester.  ELECT – 9 names follow for various positions such as Supervisor, town Clerk, Justice of the Peace, etc etc.  Full color, measures 4 x 9 inches.  Mint condition, never used. 

B1721  $10

Stationer or Office Supply Dealer Generic Blotter, ca. 1920s (not dated), plain blue blotting paper printed on one side in black: Blotter.  Ask Your Dealer For  - and then there is a very long list of office supply items ranging from pencils to pen holders to writing papers.  On the plain backside an address has been penciled on and remains faintly:  424 E 3rd Street Leadville Colo. This address doesn’t seem to exist any longer, but looks like it was and still is a residential area just off downtown. Measures 2.25 x 5.75 inches, the front side is easily readable, but there is a fold across the top edge.  Considering this item qualifies as ephemera and should have been thrown away many decades ago, it is in nice condition. 

B1722 $10

Geo S Parker Fountain Pen, originally produced by the Parker Pen Co, this particular blotter is a reproduction done by Wortfler Reproductions and I seem to recall that it was made in the mid-1990s.  The blank space at the bottom was deisgned to be imprinted with a business imprint for a company selling Parker pens.  Measures 2 7/8 x 5 ¼ inches.  Dark blue on white blotting paper, blank on the back side.  Excellent condition.  

B1723  $15

Scripto Drawing and Writing Leads Advertising Blotter in full color. Ca. 1940s.  Measures 3 5/8 x 6.25 inches. Features a color wheel and nice illustration of a package of Scripto pencil leads.  Note the advertising  imprint for Irwin Phillips Company in Keokuk, Iowa.   Blank white back side has been used to test out rubber stamps, but no signs of it being used for the original purpose of blotting a signature. 

B1724  $20

Scripto Fountain Pen Advertising Blotter in Full color.  Ca. 1950s, Great illustrations of a Scripto Worth-more fountain pen with the World’s Only Reserve Ink Supply.  No advertising imprint, plain white blotting on back side has never been used.  Measures 3.5 x 6 inches.  Mint condition. 

B1725  $15

Sengbusch Stainless Steel Dipaday Pen, Dipaday pen illustrated in black on light pink background, ca. 1930s.  Measures 3 3/8 x 6.25 inches.  Advertising imprint for Bartel, Rohe & Rosa Richmond, Indiana.  Back side has never been used to blot.  Mint condition. 

B1726  $25

Esterbrook Advertising Blotter for Esterbrook Jackson Stub Pen No. 442.  ca. 1920s. Uncoated blotting in light grey with bright red, gold and black print.  Great illustration of an Esterbrook Pens box and Jackson Stub pen.  Advertising imprint for Wegner Office Supply Company Foud du Lac, Wisc. Measures 6.25 x 3.5 inches.  No ink blots on back side of blotter.  Mint condition. 

B1727  $25

Esterbrook Advertising Blotter for No. 788 Oval Pens, ca. 1920s, Uncoated blotting in off white with bright red and black print.  Perfect illustration of an Esterbrook 788 Pens Box.  Advertising imprint for Phil McKee Stationery and Musical Merchandise in Snohomish, Wash.  Measures 3 3/8 x 6 inches.  No ink blots on back side of blotter.  Mint condition. 

B1728  $20 

Esterbrook Advertising Blotter for No. 788 Oval Point Pens, ca. 1920s, Uncoated blotting in white with black and grey print.  Fine illustration of an Esterbrook 788 Oval Point Pen.  Advertising imprint for Thoms Book Store Appleton, Wis.  Measures 3.25 x 6 inches  Far right edge and lower right corner slightly darker than the rest of blotter, no ink blots on the back side.  Near mint condition. 

B1729  $20

Esterbrook Advertising Blotter for No. 788 Oval Point Pens, ca. 1920s, uncoated yellow blotting with red and black print.  Detailed illustration of a bright red and black box of Esterbrook Pens and the 788 Oval point pen.  Measures 3.25 x 6 inches. Advertising imprint for Keystone Stationery Co in Camden NJ.  On the back side there is some minor aging and two signatures that were blotted back in the day. 

B1730  $10

Davies Advertising Blotter, Coated light grey blotting with dark blue printed advertising.  “When your Customer hands you a Fountain Pen to be repaired you want to have it done right – Fort the Finest Work and Fastest Service – Davies 380 Fourteenth St., Oakland, Calif.  Largest Pen Shop in the West.   Two little caricatures of a man at his desk writing with a BIG pen.  Measures 3.25 x 6 inches.  Not used, but there is a  waterstain on the back side.  Overall very good condition. 

B1731  $10

Davies Advertising Blotter, Coated white blotting with dark blue printed advertings.  “Stimulate your Fountain Pen Business by giving your customers Service on Fountain Pens.  We operate a completely equipped fountain pen shop, making repairs promptly and correctly …… etc etc.  Fasted Service  Finest work   Davies 380 Fourteenth St Oakland, Calif.  Small ink mark front lower left, pink blotting on back has been used.   Overall very good condition. 

B1732  $10

John Holland Safety Self-Inking Fountain Pen with illustration of Dutch writers dipping a fountain pen into a large inkwell.  Black print on white blotting paper.  Measures 6.25 x 3.25 inches.  Reproduction blotter, we seem to recall this was from the early 1990s.  Never used and in Excellent condition. 

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