Quills were the primary writing instrument in the Western World from the 6th to the 19th century. Quills went into decline after the invention of the metal pen.
Quill pens were the instrument of choice during the medieval-era because they worked well on both parchment and vellum. Before this the reed pen had been used, but a finer letter was achieved on animal skin using a cured quill. Other than written text, they were often used to create figures, decorations, and images on manuscripts.
This quill is a copy of an early style quill designed to be dipped straight into ink. Simply reload the nib with ink when it begins to run out.
This burgundy goose feather pen measures approx. 28cm.