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Mid 19th Century Ink Sanders

These three turned Ink Sanders date from the mid 19th Century and, while they all performed the same function, each is unique in its own way and it's easy to see why a collection of these could be interesting and varied.
The largest of these is 3-1/2" tall and 3-1/2" in diameter. It is made of Rosewood and is gorgeous with the wonderful turnings and the bold grain of the rosewood. The condition is outstanding and because of the size, it is quite impressive.
The next one, on the right is made of Lignum Vitae. Lignum Vitae is the name of two species of trees that produce extremely hard wood. The trees grow in the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. They are sometimes called guayacans. The Latin words lignum vitae mean "Tree of Life". The trees were so named because resin made from their wood was used to treat rheumatism, catarrh, and skin diseases. 
The heartwood of a lignum-vitae is the most useful part of the tree. This wood is so heavy that it sinks in water. The wood is olive-brown in color and contains an oily resin that acts as a lubricant when the wood is used for bearings. The grain of lignum-vitae interlocks and makes it practically impossible for the wood to be split. Lignum-vitae was and is used for the sheaves and blocks of pulleys and for mallets and mortars and pestles. Besides the "workhorse" uses for this strong wood, it was also used to make small turned objects, such as this treen Ink Sander, because of the beauty of the grain and the color contrast in the heartwood. The contrast of the random placement of light and dark creates dramatic visual effects and is much appreciated by those who love wood. It is 2-7/8" high and 2-3/4" in diameter at the top with a boldly turned pedestal base.
The Sander in the center is a very finely turned Rosewood Lady's writing desk sander in a rare small size, c. 1800-1850 . . . an indispensible item found on every writing desk. It is 2-1/8" high and 2-1/8" in diameter at the top. The condition is excellent

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