Writing Pen Nib

Writing Pen Nib

Ziba Ferris (1786-1875)

This pen nib and silver pen is engraved “Victorine E. du Pont” and belonged to one of three Victorine Elizabeth du Ponts, who lived between 1792 and 1934. The silversmith, Ziba Ferris, was a favorite among the du Pont family in Wilmington.

For Further Thinking: Although pens are easily replaceable and disposable today, during the era when this pen was made, they were unique and often expensive commodities. What special objects do we have in the present that might someday become as ubiquitous as pens are today?