Quill cutter

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Postcard of Quill cutter.
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Quill cutter

A quill cutter was used to cut feather quills to the required shape for writing. This example is made of ivory.

A brass plate is screwed to the top surface of the cutter.

Writing letters became an increasingly important means of long distance contact as postal services improved. Basic writing materials were pen, ink and paper, but quill cutters, sand dredges, and writing sets were all part of the letter-writer's equipment.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-532-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MP 513
Date: 18th/19th century
Material: Ivory
Dimensions: 103 mm L
What: Cutter, quill
Subject: Tools, implements and miscellaneous (NMAS Classification)
Description: Ivory quill cutter
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