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On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Writing and Printing
Copper alloy pen with a split nib. There is a small scoop at the other end of the pen. Professional scribes, merchants and clerks who travelled in the course of their work carried their own pens in a leather pen case, and a portable inkhorn which could be slung around the neck or from a girdle. Deep blue-black ink was made by mixing oak gall tannin with iron salts and gum arabic.
L 108 mm; W 5 mm
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