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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.

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

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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.

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Mohammed Yousuf

The penner was like a pencil case and was helpful and good to have.

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It was interesting to think what Shakespeare would have used for writing.

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I liked the penner which acted like a pencil case for a quill.

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The penner is my favourite item becaues it is like a sieventeenth century pencil case.

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The penner is my favourite because it's plain and simple, however it just seems elegant and I really enjoy that.

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It is like a Tudor pen set. 

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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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