Missal case and lid | V&A Place of origin: France (probably, made) Date: about 1450 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Moulded leather, tooled, incised, carved, stamped and painted; with the arms of Châtillon impaling Vergy Credit Line: Bequeathed by George Salting Museum number: W.120-1910
Stylus This bone stylus is missing part of its metal tip, which has been inset into the bone. It has a globular head, and one small ridge underneath. The shaft is straight and displays no decoration. Styli and wax tablets were used for writing as early as the Classical Greek period, and this stylus is medieval. They served many purposes, such as writing school exercises, correspondence, legal records and any composition. Production Date: Medieval; 13th - 15th century
Cylindrical case of moulded leather; two vertical loops on each side for straps; incised and stamped decoration in vertical panels of floral scrolls and large whorls in pairs; formerly contained chalice and paten.