OFFICE INKWELLS & PAPERWEIGHTS
Before the Biro type pen came into use in the 1940s, a clerk used either a pencil or a dip pen with a fixed or renewable nib.
Neither inkwells nor paperweights came in standard designs, even from the same company. Any survivors come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and materials.
Prior to the 1960s, vast armies of clerks and administrators in numerous offices all over the railway system also used wagonloads of paper.