Each Herbin Historical Writing Set features an classic writing instrument, ink and writing surface. Beautifully illustrated boxes are accompanied with historical stories to educate and inspire you. Manual writing can be as relaxing as colouring. These set are wonderful gifts for any occasion.
Medieval Writing Set
Share in the experience of a medieval chronicler. Gift box includes one goose quill, one sheet of parchment, bottle of blue ink. In the middle ages, monks and kings wrote on parchment (tenned goat skin) or vellum (stillborn calf skin). The writing instrument they used was a quill from a goose, eagle, swan, duck or turkey. Ink consisted of mineral pigments mixed with gum (tree sap) and water. Charlemagne was the first to institutionalize <<Caroline>> lettering, which was common to all European countries.
Love notes or secrets? Gift box includes spiral glass pen, one sheet of parchment, bottle of sepia ink. The earliest glass objects known are from Ancient Egypt dating from about 1500 BC. By the 11th century, Venice, well know for the quality and mastering skills of its craftsman, became the European center for glassmaking. By the late 13th century, to protect Venice from fire and more destruction, the Venetian Republic ordered the destruction of foundries within the city and glassmakers were removed to the nearby island of Murano. With the growing demand, Marano gained the reputation in the 15th century as the European center for glassmaking, which lasted well until the 17th century. Murano is world-renowned for the quality of glass as well as elaborate designs.
Travel back to ancient Egypt with this historically accurate writing set. Set includes one reed pen, one papyrus sheet and bottle of black ink. In 3500 B.C. in Uruk, Mesopotamia, calame (reed pen) was used to write cuneiform signs on clay tablets. Later, in 2500 B.c. in Egyptian people began to write on papyrus. Reeds from the Nile were sliced into very thin strips, then assembled and dried under heavy weights. At the same time, ink was mixing lampblack with oil. Describing the hieroglyphs, Champollion remarked "this writing is fugitive, symbolic and phonetic".
The history of violet ink: Since the time of Napoleon I, French pupils wrote with violet ink, which was the cheapest ink. This particular ink was made with violet of methyl, a solution known for its disinfectant properties. Although steel nibs were invented by the Romans, they only began to be mass produced in the 19th Century. Up until 1970, steel nibs were compulsory writing instruments in French schools and universities. The image on the box features a young Collette holding her notebook! One pen holder with steel nib, one bottle of traditional violet ink, one blotter sheet.