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Ink pot


This cow horn inkpot was found where the officer’s quarters would have likely been.

Literacy in the lower orders was a rarity, so anyone who possessed an ink pot would almost certainly be higher up the social ladder! The lid was attached via a silk cord, which allowed the lid to be held tightly in place when not in use, and prevented the lid rolling away and getting lost when it was!

An illustration of a similar inkpot, complete with a quill-holder, is visible in a portrait by Hans Holbein. While no quill-holder was found with this example, two quill nibs were found nearby.