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This rare ink pot was probably used by the monks at Arbroath Abbey in the 1400s. Used with a quill pen made from a trimmed goose feather, it probably had a wooden stopper and was hung on a thong to a monk’s belt.
Black ink was made from oak apples soaked in water, with copper crystals and flour added. Much of the monk's work was keeping accounts and other records of the abbey's day-to-day business.
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15th Century-16th Century
80 x 53mm
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