This goose quill is fitted with an end piece and a metallic nib to make writing easier and the pen more durable.
In the Middle Ages, monks and kings wrote on parchment (tenned goat skin) or vellum (still born calk skin). The writing instrument they used was a quill from a goose, eagle, swan, duck or turkey. Ink consisted of mineral pigments mixed with gum (tree sap) and water. Charlemagne was the first to institutionalize "caroline" lettering, which was common to all European countries.