Origin: 19th century
The ink wells were made up of different materials like brass or glass, size and designs. The writer would dip the pen (or quill) into the ink well to put more ink on the pen. Because they set on a desk, ink wells were often used as a decorative purpose. An inkwell usually has a lid to prevent contamination, evaporation, accidental spillage, and excessive exposure to air and the lid on is hinged and can flip backwards.