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J. Herbin Bottled Ink

French made by J Herbin, this 1670 bottled ink is perfect for your dip pen or fountain pen convertor. 500ml glass bottle with wax seal.

The 1670 Collection celebrates the rich life and adventures of Jacques Herbin, an enterprising French sailor of the mid-17th century. While he was employed with the Compagnie des Indes Orientales, he made a number of voyages to India, collecting ingredients and formulas for his sealing wax and inks. These inks were used by Napoleon himself.

Choose from three of the post popular shades: 

Caroube de Chypre⁠
Herbin was fond of the dried carob pod as a healthy food during his voyages.  He often traded or purchased them with other merchants in Cyprus.

Carob trees have been cultivated in Mediterranean countries since ancient times and the pods were known for their therapeutic properties. They were marketed throughout Europe as the "black gold of Cyprus."

This anniversary ink is called "Caroube de Chypre" - Cyprus Carob - because of its deep brown color. Caroube de Chypre is a dark brown ink with pleasing light red reflections and sparkling gold.

Emeraude de Chivor⁠
Herbin is rumored to have kept an emerald in his pocket during his voyages as a good luck charm. These precious gemstones have been treasured for centuries for their magical healing properties and as protective talismans. One of the purest emerald deposits in the world, the Chivor mine in the Andes was discovered in the mid 16th century by Spanish conquistadors.

Chivor emeralds were much in demand, the royalty of India, Persia and Turkey sought the New World treasures once the gems arrived in Europe. Emeralds were enormously popular in the Mughal Court of India. The rulers referred to these gems as "Tears of the Moon" because of their opaque transparency.

Emeraude de Chivor is the most elegant emerald green ink with flecks of gold.

Bleu Ocean
The deep blue ink with a golden sheen recalls the sea voyages of Herbin to the Mughal Empire of India, a primary supplier of indigo dye. Bleu Ocean takes its inspiration from those adventurous journeys.