Minnesota Historical Society

Goose Quill Pen

$ 3.95

Quill pens were used to write and sign the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and many other historical documents. Thomas Jefferson kept a flock of geese solely for the purpose of supplying writing quills. Writing with a quill pen meant cutting the tip of the goose quill with a sharp knife, hance the name "penknife." After the quill was shaped, the tip was dipped into ink. After much dipping and writing, the quill would need to be cut again until a new quill had to be used. Two recipes for ink, one which can be made from berries mixed with common household ingredients and one for walnut ink, are included. Adult supervision suggested.

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