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Letter from the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
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Direct letter to Chur
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Postal Horn
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Letter to the rectors of the Council of Ten
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Letter from the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
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Letter franked with Penny Black
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The real guide for travelers
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Letter from the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
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Health Association of Health of Bergamo
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Henry Alken - Four in Hand
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Writing set
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US postal balance
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IBM rotating heads for electronic typewriter
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Olivetti personal computer
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Torquato Tasso - Conquered Jerusalem
Letter from the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Direct letter to Chur
Postal Horn
Letter to the rectors of the Council of Ten
Letter from the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Letter franked with Penny Black
The real guide for travelers
Letter from the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Health Association of Health of Bergamo
Henry Alken - Four in Hand
Writing set
US postal balance
IBM rotating heads for electronic typewriter
Olivetti personal computer
Torquato Tasso - Conquered Jerusalem

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The object of the image is a nineteenth-century writing set. You can recognize the inkwell, to support the quill, the cylinders that housed the ink and the container for the absorbent powder. The "goose quills" represented the writing tool par excellence in the Middle Ages. They were made from the plumage of birds such as geese and swans. Before being used they had to be worked on. The process involved cleaning the beards, a first oblique cut with a subsequent temperature (through immersion in hot sand) of the pen to degrease it and make it more resistant. The pen was then finished to define an opening of at least 2 cm, a sort of internal chamber. Finally, the beak was trimmed to make the tip according to the type of writing. There were also other writing tools besides the quill, such as the silver mine or the lead stylus, the latter used for the initial drawing on the parchment.

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