About this object

  • ID:

    A2405

  • Production date:

    Medieval

  • Location:

    On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Writing and Printing

  • Medieval pen made from a sheet of copper alloy that has been rolled into a tube. The tube is wider at one end, which has been cut into a point for writing. 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.

  • Measurements

    L 112 mm

  • Materials

    copper alloy

  • Last Updated

    2014-01-10

FURTHER INFORMATION
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS

    1

  • STATUS

    permanent collection

  • COPYRIGHT HOLDER

    digital image copyright Museum of London

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