Before the invention of the pen, there was the feather quill pen and ink sets. The quill came from a molted feather of a winged bird. They're preferably the wing feather since those are the longest with the best end for writing. The feather was treated to be used as a writing implement.
Today, you can get a real feather from a bird like this white goose feather in the Coles Calligraphy Set. You're still getting that fun, old-world style with your writing tool without the worry of bird bacteria if you were trying to make your own quill pen.
Writing Quill and Parchment
Some of the greatest manuscripts in history were written with a quill on parchment. Quill pens were used on the Magna Carta as well as the Declaration of Independence. After the invention of the metal pen, quill use declined considerably.
What's in the Box?
- White goose feather
- Bottle of ink
- Magnifying glass
- Gift box
Every time the Supreme Court is in session, 20 goose quill pens are placed at the four counsel tables in the courtroom. The quills are neatly crossed on the tables, and the lawyers who appear before the U.S. Supreme Court take these souvenirs home with them after presenting their case. It's a custom that's taken place since the earliest days of the court.
Holding the Quill Pen
Unlike other calligraphy pens, the quill pen is delicate and somewhat fragile. Hold it lightly without applying undue pressure to the instrument to apply the ink to paper. Keep it at a 45-degree angle during writing and apply even pressure to allow the ink to flow. It's not like a rollerball pen where you're using pressure to embed ink in the paper.
White Feather Quill
This white calligraphy set was crafted in Italy using artisans who designed and executed this set with care and precision. Instead of leaving the end of the quill in its natural state, the end of the quill is a handcrafted nib for calligraphy writing.
The glass included in this set allows you to take a closeup look at the edges of letters. This is good for figuring out what kind of lettering is being used for certain projects. It's also great for checking your own work to ensure that all the letters are being written correctly. If you want to start doing calligraphy work or lettering professionally in the future, magnifying your work, and improving your style is vital.
The magnifying glass included in this gift box has incredible scrollwork detail on the end to give it an old-world, ornate feel. The silver detail continues to the bottom of the glass itself.
The ink that you choose for your calligraphy work should be a smooth viscosity and able to flow from the tip of the pen. It should have a top that will keep the ink from drying up inside the container. The ink for this quill pen set is perfect for the beginner who wants to start with everything in one place. On the side of the ink well is a silver handle for placing the pen when not in use.
This gift box holds all the items beautifully in place for presentation. You'll be able to give this as a gift to that person who loves all things written. If you know someone who has always commented on the lovely lettering they see around them, this is a person who needs the white feather quill, ink well, and magnifying glass as a gift.
This stunning White Feather Quill, Ink Well, and Magnfying Glass by Coles Calligraphy is a great gift for the beginner who wants to try their hand at lettering or calligraphy.