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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