Penners were early traveling inkwells, often used by scribes in the late 1700s and into the first half of the 1800s. They were made to hold an ink bottle, as well as other tools of the trade such as a quill, a quill knife and possibly sander. This penner is a tall one, meaning that it could hold a longer quill than some. It is made of leather and/or wood. Our research tells us that most penners of this period were made of leather, but even this penner has wood to hold the bottle and quills.
The tall lid lifts off to reveal a small ink bottle with a cork. There are two holes on either side of the ink bottle where the quill and probably quill knife would go. Unfortunately these are no longer with this penner, although the ink bottle and cork are. There is a little flower design embossed on both the lid and bottom on one side. It is possible there were letters under the design on the bottom, but if so they are mostly rubbed out and indecipherable.
SIZE: This penner measures 5 inches tall and 1 3/8 inches wide by just under 7/8 inches deep.
CONDITION: As stated, the tools other than ink bottle are missing. The leather (wood?) is worn, but is completely intact. Overall this is in excellent condition for its age. The bottle and cork are ink stained.