Iron Gall Ink

Besides the quill and parchment, ink was one of the most basic components of manuscript production.

Iron gall ink (also known as common ink, standard ink, oak gall ink, or iron gall nut ink) is a purple-black or brown-black ink made from iron salts and tannic acids from vegetable sources. The earliest documents are written in iron gall ink on papyrus date back into the first centuries after Christ.

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