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Straight Pen and Nib
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Title: Straight Pen and Nib
Identifier: 990.3.2a-b
Donor: Mr. Cliff Kimberley
Item Date: 1860-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A black wooden pen (b) with a red nib holder (a) and a metal nib. Marked on the handle is "6157 Venus ? Made in Canada."

Among the earliest writing instruments were reed brushes or pens used by the ancient Egyptians to write on papyrus paper. Reed pens continued to be used until the Middle Ages, but after the seventh century they were slowly being replaced by quill pens. Quill pens were utilized until the nineteenth century when metal nibs were more widely available. Such metal nibbed pens became mass produced by John Mitchell of Birmingham after 1822. Throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, various types of pens developed, including the felt- tip pen, ball point pen and gel pen. For more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen
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