Rumor has it above Fountain Pen was at one time owned by Queen Victoria - and is among the world's most diminutive. (At least that's our story and we're sticking to it.)
Every year, the first Friday in November is recognized as Fountain Pen Day. Fountain pens differ from their close relatives, the dip pen, in that they have an internal reservoir of ink. Early mentions of reservoir pens go back as far as the 10th century, with evidence pointing to Leonardo da Vinci having used and invented one himself. The world's smallest fountain pen was said to have belonged to Queen Victoria, and was intended for one of her dolls. Fountain pens as we know them today didn't really take off until the 19th century, when some of the first patents were registered. Various innovations and improvements over the years yielded a reliable pen that found casual use.