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Sharing Shakespeare's Story

Inkhorn or Penner

An inkhorn is a small, portable container for ink.  Originally an inkhorn was made from horn or leather and it could have been used together with a penner. Such items were the tools of Shakespeare’s trade. In the play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ the character Dogberry says:

 

Go, good partner, go, get you to Francis Seacole

Bid him bring his penand inkhorn to the gaol: we

are now to examine these men.

4 responses
Response by

Harrison



You can travel with a penner and keep your pens (quills) inside

Response by

Mia



The penner is my favourite item because it was a great idea and it was easy to use. The top of the penner had ink to write with and the bottom was for the quill.

Response by

Cleaver

Response by

Lamees, Kasey and Hayden

The penner is a bit like a modern-day pencil case. You could travel with it and use it wherever you went. This one is made out of leather. There is space to put your quill pen and a little pot for your ink.The penner is small for travelling.They cut the feathers off the quills so they fit.

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