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Roman Iron stylus with Silver inlay


Material  Iron and Silver
Dimensions 121mm long
Tip: 18mm
Rectangular area: 20mm x 9mm
Rear tip: 4mm
Diameter: 5mm
Roman Empire 3rd to 5th Century AD

An iron based Stylus (ancient version of the pen), with beautiful silver inlayed sections and designs.  A fairly well preserved example of a Roman writing instrument used write on a wax tablet.  The rectangular area near the end has been bordered in strips of silver on all four sides.  A bronze or gold center is surrounded by a silver crescent.  Despite the iron base material the item has been remarkably preserved, although only part of the flattened "eraser" end remains.

Most examples were fairly plain and were simply a piece of bronze or iron, with a sharpened point and a flattened end (used to erase and smooth the wax for re-writing).  This example clearly belonged to someone of higher status and wealth, to be able to afford such a decorated stylus.  A very unique item, now preserved for others to see. 

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Close up view of inlay



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**Note on background. Close up view of the wall of the Colosseum of Pula, Croatia. Picture taken 2014