Pen case and lid | V&A Place of origin: Italy (made) Date: 1500-1520 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Moulded leather, tooled, carved and stamped Credit Line: Bequeathed by George Salting Museum number: W.108&A-1910
Pen Case, ca 1500, Italian The sides of this pen case and cover are pierced for a suspension strap so that it could be used to transport quill pens, which tended to be messy. Two unidentified coats of arms are embossed on its exterior. Below one is the inscription, "alta petit" ("he seeks lofty things") and the other reads, "humilitas" ("humility").
Pen case and lid of moulded leather (cuir bouilli), cut and embossed with the youthful St John the Baptist with a reed cross standing on a skull on one side, and the figure of a naked boy on the other. The groundwork is decorated with floral ornament. On the end of the lid is a sunburst with mask, and a similar one (worn) under the foot. Origin: Italy; date: 1500-1520