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This is a curved pen made out of bone (most likely goose). It dates to a period between the thirteenth and fifteenth century. It lacks a split nib, which is common in dip pens and quills. It is 121 mm long and nine mm wide.

This is a detail from the illuminated manuscript of The Benediction of St Aethelwold, written by Godeman for St Aethelwold, Bishop of Winchester. The scene depicts St Elizabeth on a couch with the infant John the Baptist behind her in a crib. Beneath…

A stylus is a slender, tapered utensil used for writing on wax-coated wooden tablets.This particular stylus is made of bone and is missing its metal inset tip. The top of the stylus is spherical, used as a way to "erase" writing in the wax. This…
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