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Stylus Nib, c. 1st-3rd Cent, Rare!

Copper alloy; 41mm/6.1gm -- 17CM with handle

Con/ As fabricated; parti-colored green patina, cleaned and waxed

Seller's Note/ This is a very curious artifact, the first we've ever seen, let alone presented here on NRC. As seen in the photo, this nib was attached to a simple carven wooden handle that could easily be replaced. This stylus nib was certainly made for hard use, perhaps in a manufactory or warehouse, and not a regular household item.

We have taken the liberty to re-create the shaft as general representation as how it would appeared in the Roman era, 2000 years ago.

Ref/ BBC Television; Time Team


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