Formed as a quill, encrusted with seed pearls and emeralds, this extraordinary pen was presented on 13th June, 1867 to Prince Aleksander Gorchakov by the wives of St. Petersburg aristocrats to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1950's Classroom - primary school. There were pots of ink in those inkwells and we used horrible pens which were a piece of wood with a nib attached. I could never get the hang of writing with them. I was thrilled when I could use a fountain pen years later.