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#1 Scrawler

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 17:57

From time to time manufacturers produces some very small pens. here besides an Esterbrook SJ for comparison is an Eclipse Mary Jane and a Salz Bros Peter Pan.

 

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Popular history of the Eclipse brand tells us that the founder made pens named for his children, and this 1933 Mary Jane was intended for a small girl to use. It has tipped steel nib.

 

The Peter Pan pen had an entirely different focus. The pan in inscribed with "The Green Room". It came from a 1935 New York hotel bar and would have been intended for signing bar bills. It has a spoon nib.

 



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 18:24

Have you seen the Pilot Petit 1 ?  It comes with a fine nib or brush tip. 

I consider it delightful serendipity, as it is uselessly small, unless TSA

bans fountain pens on airline flights.

 


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#3 Scrawler

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 19:53

Have you seen the Pilot Petit 1 ?  It comes with a fine nib or brush tip. 

I consider it delightful serendipity, as it is uselessly small, unless TSA

bans fountain pens on airline flights.

 

The Pilot is a bit fatter than these antique celluloid items. There was a race on in the early 1930s for companies to produce smaller and smaller practical fountain pens. I think they reached the limits of the physics that made pens work, at about the same time they reach the limits of what a hand could hold and control.



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 22:47

Here's a Peter Pan ED that I actually inked and used. Fun, full flex nib.

2¼ inches capped, it's shown with a pretzel for reference.

 

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I have another one in the same size and material, but lever fill. Needs

a #10 sac and as far as I can tell, they're not made anymore.

 

The gold Dingle-dangle slips over your belt and the pen hangs from the chain

into your trouser pocket.


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#5 Scrawler

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 23:31

Here's a Peter Pan ED that I actually inked and used. Fun, full flex nib.

2¼ inches capped, it's shown with a pretzel for reference.

 

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I have another one in the same size and material, but lever fill. Needs

a #10 sac and as far as I can tell, they're not made anymore.

 

The gold Dingle-dangle slips over your belt and the pen hangs from the chain

into your trouser pocket.

That is a very pretty old piece of celluloid. There must be some supplies of #10 sac left, because I acquired one a couple months ago to get that Peter Pan writing. I hope there are more because that Mary Jane also needs the same sac.



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 23:31

I have an eensy-beensy dip pen.  1¼" capped.  =)



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:52

CS Dinkies...

 

 

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a couple Waterman 562½V  ringtops ...

 

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Yard-o-Led Pocket Viceroy Victorian  ...

 

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 17:39

Here's an ED from the Edison Pen Co that starts out at 3¼ inches, but grows on you.

 

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And a Moore Holstein...calf

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#9 Scrawler

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 19:32

That telescoping Edison is a mighty cool pen, and very long when extended. How does it feel to write?



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 20:50

just peeking in here.. totally satisfied with my small collection of tiny ring tops..

 

and,  T h e n,  I see that Edison 

 

jaw drop  < didn't think there was a pen left to do that

 

wow.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:07

That telescoping Edison is a mighty cool pen, and very long when extended. How does it feel to write?

 

That pen is a real conversation starter at PCA meetings and pen shows.

Just under six inches when extended and a little top heavy for my hand. It's better

with a full tank of ink, which gives you an idea of how delicate the balance is.

Like many RT's from that time, the cap does not post, and that's just as well.

It would bring a new meaning to "Over the top."



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:40

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 23:45

OO nice.  I like that swirly red and orange one. What is it?



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 00:13

i love small pens, this is my collection

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1 & 2 New Diamond Point Pen Co. new york, "midget pen" gold filled eyedropper fill pen and pencil pair.  6.1cm capped[/size][/background]

3 "flapper" M ratner and son pen co inc, eyedropper fill, hard rubber, casine topped.  6.2 cm capped[/size][/background]

4  unknown eyedropper with ribbon, hard rubber, casine topped.  6.15 cm capped[/size][/background]

5  unknown heavy gold filled eyedropper.  nib says "junior 4"  6.35 cm capped[/size][/background]

6 "pony" eyedropper, hard rubber with gold filled band 6.5 cm capped[/size][/background]

7 ever-rite, gold plated, lever fill. 6.9 cm  capped[/size][/background]

8 ever-rite, silver plated, lever fill. 6.9 cm  capped[/size][/background]
 
9 unknown sterling silver eyedropper 7.3 cm capped[/size][/background]

10 unknown lever filler, possibly ingersol, silver plated, 7.35 cm capped[/size][/background]

11 wirt "infant pen" gold plated, eyedropper, 7.4 cm capped[/size][/background]

12 wirt "infant pen" hard rubber, eyedropper, 7.5 cm capped[/size][/background]

13 unknown eyedropper "midget 14k" marked on nib, 7.5 cm capped[/size][/background]

14 whal, gold filled lever filler, #6 nib 7.9 cm capped[/size][/background]

15 salz brothers, "peter pan", bakelite?, lever filler, 8.3 cm capped[/size][/background]
 
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16 salz brothers, "peter pan" celluloid, lever filler, 8.3 cm capped

17 unknown lever filler, celluloid, 8.6 cm capped

18 unknown eyedropper, hard rubber, 8.35 cm  capped

19 "cutey" iridum point pen co ny, lever fill, hard rubber with gold filled band, 8.8 cm capped

20 & 21 conklin, #2, lever filler, gold filled pen and pencil set, 9 cm capped

22 "cutey" iridum point pen co ny, lever fill, hard rubber with gold filled band, 9 cm capped

23 whal #2, hard rubber, lever fill, 9.5 cm capped

24 whal #2, gold filled, lever fill, 9.15 cm capped

25 &26 waterman 52 1/2v, stirling silver gothic overlay, lever fill, 9.2 cm capped

27 Da Vies, stirling silver overlay, lever fill, 9.4 cm capped

28 sheaffer, ladies pen, gold filled overlay, lever fill, 9.8 cm capped



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 14:37

Your #9 is also a Salz product. They are never marked, but I've had them in their original packaging so there's no doubt about the maker (I don't recall if they were called Peter Pans -- I'm inclined to think not, but would have to dig out a reference photo to be 100% certain). I'm also guessing that you mistyped the nib size on #14, which is probably "0".

 

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 18:02

Balson:

Wonderful array. Can you post a close-up of:

 

11 wirt "infant pen" gold plated, eyedropper, 7.4 cm capped[/size][/background]

 

Would really like to see more detail for that pen.

 

Meanwhile, here's a John Holland 52-R Basket-weave overlay RT that comes in at

3.4 inches, capped.

 

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Looks like we're moving from Tiny to Small.


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 21:19


Your #9 is also a Salz product. They are never marked, but I've had them in their original packaging so there's no doubt about the maker (I don't recall if they were called Peter Pans -- I'm inclined to think not, but would have to dig out a reference photo to be 100% certain). I'm also guessing that you mistyped the nib size on #14, which is probably "0".
 
best
 
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awesome, thanks for the info!  to clarify the nib is just marked 14k, not #14.  it seems like a lot of the tiny pens were never labeled.  the diamond point was only marked on the box and the wirt's were only identifiable by the feeds and perhaps by the inscribed V
 
 

Balson:
Wonderful array. Can you post a close-up of:
 
11 wirt "infant pen" gold plated, eyedropper, 7.4 cm capped[/size][/background]
 
Would really like to see more detail for that pen.
 
Meanwhile, here's a John Holland 52-R Basket-weave overlay RT that comes in at
3.4 inches, capped.
 
fpn_1379441925__jh_bskwv_rt.jpg
 
Looks like we're moving from Tiny to Small.

thanks Blotto, you have some cool pens as well, i especially love that edison mini eyedropper.  that has been on my wish list ever since i saw one at a fountain pen exhibit over at the morse museum.  
 
i have some more pictures of it on my blog but i will take a new one too.  both of the pens seem to be inscribed with a V, anyone know what that is about?
 
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http://sumgaispens.b...infant-pen.html

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 22:14

 
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That Wirt Overlay is a stunner. When you get bored with it, give me a PM

 



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 05:14

OO nice.  I like that swirly red and orange one. What is it?


It is a Jean Pierre Lepine. Model:Indigo. The cap screws on to post, making it very comfortable to write with!

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 20:54

Here's a Morrison RT Filigree set. Pen is 3.6 inches and in fairly nice

condition, considering how skimpy Morrison was with their plating.

 

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