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Victorian School Slate

Victorian school children would have used a slate like this with a slate pencil.  Work could be rubbed out with a damp piece of cloth (or a shirt sleeve!)  Paper was expensive in Victorian times so the use of slate and pencil was a cheaper alternative.  Both were fragile however, and easily broken if dropped.  Also, the work done on a slate could not be kept as the one slate would have been used for everything.  This particular slate measures 25mm high, 20 mm wide.  

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