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#1 betweenthelens

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 17:35

I just won this on ebay. I love it and am happy with my purchase so I wanted to share a photo. Thanks for looking. Photo is from the seller.

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#2 pakmanpony

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 17:47

Verty cool! Bet you'll be watching for the UPS truck every day till it shows up!



#3 Uncle Red

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 17:50

I've got one of these in Sterling Silver, I got the box and matching pencil as well. Here's a picture I posted in a different thread.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 18:50

Thanks so much, Perry! Uncle Red, I love both your Morrison's (I really love sterling silver.) and your Estie. Did you have to do any restoration on the Morrison's? I imagine mine will need a new sac. Thanks so much for sharing!



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Posted 22 July 2013 - 20:00

Someone must have resacked it not long before I got it since the sack was in great shape. The pencil is a bit too small for my hands. Early Morrisons like ours often have flexy nibs.

BTW, Richard Binder has this to say about the company

(Morrison Fountain Pen Company) A pen manufacturing company located in New York City. Founded in 1910, the company operated into the 1950s. During the 1920s, Morrison was known for hard rubber pens of varying quality, ranging from models fitted with untipped steel nibs and very thin “filigree” overlays (sterling silver or 1/40 14K gold) to versions bearing MORRISON-imprinted 14K nibs and high-quality repoussé “chased” overlays (1/20 14K), shown below, upper. Morrison’s best known pen is probably the Patriot, a syringe-filling pen made in versions honoring the four U.S. armed services during World War II (below, lower, a Navy Patriot). See also Cameo Top, Patriot. ¶ Do not confuse Morrison with the Japanese company that was founded in 1918 as Kikaku Seisakusyo and changed its name in 1933 to Morison (with only one r).



#6 betweenthelens

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 21:04

Thanks so much, Uncle Red, for the information from Richard Binder's site. I am eager to receive the pen and will share photos once it arrives. The seller from whom I bought the pen is a reputable antiques dealer and I did just write and ask if the pen has been serviced recently. I imagine that if it had, they would've specified this.

 

A friend on here said I may want to get the pen serviced by someone who handles overlays to make certain that it can withstand the stress of use.

 

I haven't seen very many like ours. Thanks again!



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 19:54

It's here and I'm happy! It's such a diminutive pen and it's really just lovely. I will have to send it out as the lever doesn't move freely and I am sure it needs a new sac.

 

I used some Deco inspired props like vintage beaded trim from the 1920s and sheet music with Theda Bara on the cover for the photo shoot. Thanks for looking!

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 20:51

In Germany I saw a Morrison full overlay 14 K plated...the guy got it cheap because it had to be the dealer yanked the 'valuable' nib.

The buyer was real happy for €12.

 

No...not me.

The name and the way the lever fitted into the pen, burned it's self in my memory.


Semi-flex is an “almost” flex; not a ‘flex’ nib. It is great for regular writing. It can give you some fancy; but it is not made for real fancy writing. For that get a 'flexi' or a "flex" nib.

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Wider than Normal does not exist. Wider than Japanese does. Every company has it's very own standard + slop/tolerance. Developed from the users of it's pens only; not the users of other companies pens. The size you grind a nib to, is your standard only. Paper and ink matter to nib width. Thank god for 1/2 sizes or it would be boring.


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 20:52

Very nice looking pen!  Glad that you are pleased with it and hope it writes as well - or better - than it looks once you have it back in working order.   :)

 

Per your comment, 

A friend on here said I may want to get the pen serviced by someone who handles overlays to make certain that it can withstand the stress of use.

if you don't mind, would you share with us who you chose to have work on your pen?  

 

Not that I have a pen with overlay on it or that I probably will ever be able to afford one, but it is always good to know about the "specialists" that are available to us in this hobby/addiction/obsession!

 

Holly



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 22:09

Hi, Bo Bo. The nib reads Warranted 14K with a 2 underneath. Underneath that, it says MADE IN. I can't see anything else.

 

The pen is really very beautiful, more than I'd imagined from just viewing the photo. 

 

Hi, Holly. Thank you so much. Much appreciated. When I receive great service, I like to shout it from the rooftops, and I did until yesterday when I asked my go-to guy if he was just being nice, working on my pens (as I'd bought two Deco pens from him about a month ago and he restored my Vac and a Wearever.) He said that while he does repair work as a hobby along with work on the vintage pens he sells and he's happy to work on the occasional pen from me, he doesn't advertise his services. I'm sorry!

 

 


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#11 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 13:58

Some Warranted nibs have some flex, others the warranted only means it's 14c/k. 

2 is a nib size....not the width of the tip. 1 is tiny, 2 is small, 3, 4 4/12 are 'normal. 5 is larger. 6 is big...and 7 is gigantic.

I think I only have one 2 nib...It's not marked but it is the smallest I have but don't seem to be max small.


Semi-flex is an “almost” flex; not a ‘flex’ nib. It is great for regular writing. It can give you some fancy; but it is not made for real fancy writing. For that get a 'flexi' or a "flex" nib.

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Wider than Normal does not exist. Wider than Japanese does. Every company has it's very own standard + slop/tolerance. Developed from the users of it's pens only; not the users of other companies pens. The size you grind a nib to, is your standard only. Paper and ink matter to nib width. Thank god for 1/2 sizes or it would be boring.


#12 betweenthelens

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 14:18

Well, considering the small size of the pen, I imagine it must need a smallish nib, right?



#13 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:39

congrats on a nice little pen :thumbup:


Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 11:33

Thank you, Georges! I can't wait to get it restored!



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 13:10

Congratulations on your acquisition. What was the price you payed?



#16 betweenthelens

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 14:30

Thank you, theadityajain. I paid 79.99 and this included the original case.



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Posted 08 June 2014 - 04:19

Anyone that you know selling them already restored?

#18 betweenthelens

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 13:13

Anyone that you know selling them already restored?

You just have to check auctions and individual sellers, perhaps on here. Some may be restored prior to their sale.