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#241 Maja

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 16:26

Oh, thought of another one that my aunt got me at that flea market (and I've searched on Google and even tried the German term for fountain pen, because the pen *looks* German to me----I could be wrong).
It's marked SYMETRA on the clip and is a syringe-filler now, but it looks like that might have been a replacement for the original piston-filler mechanism. The turning knob and cap jewels look and smell like they are made of black hard rubber. The words SYMETRA VACUUM are written parallel to the clip and 550 (or 556?) EN (or E-something) is written next to the turning knob. It's a nice-sized pen but it looks rather odd with the incongrous syringe-filling mechanism with Bock nib in it.
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 18:22

I have one: The brand is "Royce" and I was told it is Italian. I'm not quite sure. It has a 14kt Warranted nib. I searched the Internet and turned up nothing. The imprint is clearly OEM and not an owner engraving. I will eventually post picture(s).
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 19:54

I know I have been remiss at working on this list, but Gerry, I would say lets go ahead and update. However, I really think we should do a bit of a Purge and work on a working definition of what a brand is. For example, I would purge all of the different LEs for Visconti and Aurora. Those are model names at best, and I don't think they belong in a Brand list.

A Brand should be the primary or sole indicator of manufacture on the pen. So a Sheaffer Balance says Sheaffer on it - it is a Sheaffer brand, not a balance brand. In some cases the brand may also indicate a manufacturer - such as a Gold Bond pen may say "Gold Bond / manufactured by National Pen Co". I would still call "Gold Bond" a brand name, because the pen would be sold and identified more with the Gold Bond name than with the National name (and Gold Bond pens exist without the National indicator). There are some grey areas, of course, but I think we can cut out a lot of entries that are clearly model names.

I think this may also be a good list to transfer over the the PenPedia Wiki site if that takes off.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 16:39

STYB: came across a nib made by this company fitted in an Indian pen.

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 21:01

Bought one at a flea market today. It says "Well-Known" on the lever and WK in a circle on the lever tip. I didn't see it in the list. I know it's a "cheapy" it says Durium on the nib. It is a combination fountain pen/pencil.



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Posted 15 October 2007 - 20:47

QUOTE(MYU @ Jul 26 2007, 08:22 PM) View Post
I have one: The brand is "Royce" and I was told it is Italian. I'm not quite sure. It has a 14kt Warranted nib. I searched the Internet and turned up nothing. The imprint is clearly OEM and not an owner engraving. I will eventually post picture(s).


HI Myu, are you sure the pen name is not Royal? Royal is a brand name used on 40s and 50s by a famous Tourin shop ("La Stilografica") for their Fountain Pens. It's a small family shop but it is still run from the same family. I purchased a 1948 model (hooded nib, piston filler, celluloid body) few months ago. I'll post some pics as soon as possible.



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Posted 15 October 2007 - 20:52

Ah, yes. Then I have one more...

It is called MaGus. from Milan, Italy on the 20s.

Here you can find some nice pics and some more info:

http://www.fountainp...n...21&hl=magus

I searched the internet but nothing again. I am just curious especially about the nib: is the "Aurora 3" nib of my pen some original or replacement? Any hint would help.

Thank you!

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 03:51

Here's a scan of the instruction sheet that came with the little "Convertible" fountain pen/pencil by "Victapen" of NY. I promised this scan long ago. Thanks to Kudzu I remembered! These are fun little pens.

I'll try to get a better scan when the creases flatten out a bit. The scan is 600dpi grayscale in a jpeg a little over 1 mb in size.

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 09:32

There is an Edinburgh pen manufacturer, starts with a "W" and is also the name of one of Sir Walter Scott's novels....

Waverley, that's it !!!!!!!!!

Not on list

Over here, quite a few of the pen manufacturers, were aslo, or primarily papermakers, Croxley (Dickinson), Onoto (Thomas De La Rue), Valentine(bought by Parker), to name a few. I do think there was a Waverley papermill, as the Water of Leith that runs through Edinburgh, once had 16 papermills on it.

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 09:47

QUOTE(eckiethump @ Nov 25 2007, 09:32 AM) View Post
There is an Edinburgh pen manufacturer, starts with a "W" and is also the name of one of Sir Walter Scott's novels....

Waverley, that's it !!!!!!!!!


I think that Waverly was the name of a pen, made by McNiven and Cameron. So the actual manufacturer isn't called Waverly. I believe they made some other pens with names of literary connection. Again, 'I think', that they moved from Edinburgh to Birmingham and manufactured mostly dip pens and other stationery or something. I read about them on the internet (you see, I was curious to see if there were any Scottish manufacturers) and can't find the info at the moment.

Patrick

EDIT: Andy's Pens is selling a McNiven and Cameron at the moment, he mentions a little about their history: http://www.andys-pen...net/mc003.shtml

EDIT 2 (damn): Yes, looking through the list on the first post of this topic McNiven and Cameron are mentioned, but I also notice that 'Cameron' is also featured. As per the above link to Andy's Pens it would seem McNiven andd Cameron sometimes stamped their manufacturer's name as just 'Cameron'.

Edited by patrick1314, 25 November 2007 - 09:58.

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 09:50

I was going through some old pens I had and came across this.
Its clip says "MYAWADI"
could not find any reference to it on the internet.
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Posted 15 December 2007 - 16:17

Hi,

I'm new to the forum. I have several pens not listed.

Suprema, piston filer looks like a Pelikan 120, it's from the 60's I used it in elementary school. Maybe Portuguese made.
Skater, a late 60's copy of a Parker 75. Aerometric filler.
Creeks N' Creeks, an 80's low price pen. Impressive big nib. Cartridge.
Weli, piston filler, probably Portuguese.
Walker, a black plastic cartridge pen very low end market, early 80's.
Crest, Japanese, early 70's Sheaffer and Parker look alike. Aerometric filers.
President, maybe Japanese or Chinese, aerometric filer. Late 70's.
Labor, Portuguese piston filler, early 70's.
Pierre Dumont, 80's cartridge filer, German nib.
Enzo Varini, 90's cartridge filer, German nib but bought it new in Paris.
RUP, lever filer, Portuguese 50's. My grandfather owned this brand of low market pens. Ended production in the mid 60's.
Chronist, piston filer, another Pelikan 120 look alike from my elementary school days, late 60's probably Portuguese.

Hope this helps to make the list grow.

Cheers.

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Edited by Joao, 15 December 2007 - 16:53.


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Posted 15 December 2007 - 16:54

I was told that a member of the Dallas Pen Club, who has a collection numbering around 3,500 pens, has, as part of his collection, he has a section with 2,500 different brands of pen.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 16:54

I purchased on E-Bay an "ELF", which is a pen made for Edwards, Ludwig and Fuller a Kansas City, Missouri jewelry store. The pen is a chased BHR, c1920. The seller claimed a connection to Waterman. The nib appears to be a Waterman, but it could have been installed later.
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 02:11

Goldring-Achat

I have a Goldring Achat that appears to be a Pelikan 400 knock-off. It is a piston filler. I do not know the country of origin.

I hope that this one hasn't been posted already.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 02:54

I have an A.B.T (Achille Busi Torino) Italian FP from the 30's

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 07:54

QUOTE(fatehbajwa @ Nov 25 2007, 03:20 PM) View Post
I was going through some old pens I had and came across this.
Its clip says "MYAWADI"
could not find any reference to it on the internet.



I think I own an exact replica of the MYAWADI pen shown - will check and revert!

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 13:00

Some belgian brands

Remaining existing
Mercury (1948)
valeria Matta

Vintage
Bermond
Le Tigre (made mostly by CS
Tilkin
Mon bijou
Deffet
Pelletier (interesting around WW2 brand)


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Posted 15 March 2008 - 04:45

Just to add to the list:
I love my old Golden Rule ® Fountain Pen from the 1920s. Its motto is "Serves You Write." The company was in New York City.
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 15:40

Craftsman (actually marked 'Craftsman No. 2')

Not the Sheaffer one but a sub-brand of the English maker Wyvern. I'll try and organise a picture along with the comparable marked Wyvern to show it's parentage.

Cheers

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 18:44

The jade green one above is clearly marked Wyvern whilst the blue/gold one which shares the same arrow lever (typically Wyvern) and the same torpedo shaped cap is clearly marked Craftsman.

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Posted 17 October 2008 - 03:00

Swensen Pen Co. LA (c. 1928) (from the 1928 Plastics Guidebook).

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Posted 04 July 2009 - 05:25

599 , Leeds , Wearever sub-brand , USA , , , MP

883 , Reliable , , , , , MP


Hi, Please forgive this question, but I am new to the list and I don't understand
what the designation "MP" means following the pen names. I've recently found
these two pens at a couple of different auctions ($2.00 each). They've turned
out to be very nice writers and I'm trying to research their history and dates.
Thanks for any info.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 08:04

According to the key to the table, that field is the initials of the contributor of the entry -- "maxpen". Unfortunately, that member hasn't been on FPN for a couple of years, but if you check his member profile, you'll find an e-mail address and website URL.

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 19:17

QUOTE (Tweel @ July 7 2009, 12:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Unfortunately, that member [maxpen=Max Davis] hasn't been on FPN for a couple of years...

That's because he's been busy doing his book on Waterman's with Gary Lehr, http://www.watermanbook.com/, and also this new website, http://wwpenclub.com/, as well as his other separate 1001 Ink Bottles, 1001 Pens, 1001 Vintage Ads, Waterman Pens, Conway Stewart Pens, and Parker Pens websites. Here's just one link, http://www.1001inkbottles.com/, but go to the bottom of the main page for links to all the others.

And here's his version of the Pen Brands list, http://wwpenclub.com/spx/pen_brands_index.php, with links to images of some of the pens.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 21:16

Someone requested a picture of a "Vogue" pen. I can't seem to find the thread so I'll post it here.
The imprint was very weak but I could make out "Walgreen's" presumably the drug store chain.

Here's my memo for this photo and link:

"Vogue vest" pen in the middle made by/for Walgreen's Drug Store . Made with National/Barrett parts similar to the "Gold Bonds" like the example above. A shame it's lost it's clip. I placed the Sheaffer Half-Balance below for a size comparison.

Here's a closer view of the nib/section.

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 09:23

Living in Germany, I am trying to still my addiction with German pens.
Osmia pens are going for good money....unfortunatly.

# , Name , Branding , Country , Date , Style , Contrib

25 , Akkerman , , , , , MP made by Osmia

58 , Artus , , , , , MP bought up by Lamy in the 1930's.




120 , Bohler , , , , , MP Founder of Osmia, split off to make his own pen



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355 , Faber Castell , , , , , MP ....German bought up Osmia, the better fountain pen company...eventually left off the name, so Osmia died.



394 , Geha , , Germany , 30's-50's , PF , OX

434 , Gunther Wagner , , , , , MP Made Ibis Pens for Pelikan.

Haro small company. German piston filler.



547 , Kaweco , , , , , MP Still exists and I don't know why.


580 , Lamy , , , , , MP, Worked for Parker Europe '29 early 30's, split, bought Artus, eventually made his own pen.

622 , Luxor , , Germany , 30's-40's , PF , OX


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655 , Matador , , , , , MP German...Black in Germany, colorful out side Germany.


666 , Mercedes , , Germany , , , DL ...........At least three different types that I know of, more than likely different manufactures ie major companies.



670 , Merlin , , , , , MPMP Merlin/Ciba, German made by Osmia for foreign markets....not that it was a worse pen. Colorful.





766 , Osmia , , , , , MP a good pen company bought up by Parker 1929, in that Parker wanted to get into the German market (Parker it's self was too expensive and did not hold enough ink)....sold off @1939 when Parker could not break well into the German market. Farber Castell had bought stock in the late 1930's....bought controlling interest 1949.....needed a good pen, with a great nib.....some time in the '50's dropped the name Osmia-Farber-Castell to Farber Castell. They needed Osmia's name to make their own.




962 , Senator , , Germany , 40's-50's , PF , OX I didn't know it was so old...a third level pen.

994 , Soennecken , , , 1875 , , MP One of the early names in Pens, pens go for a good price on ebay.


1065 , The Tower , Soennecken sub-brand , , , , DL Thanks didn't know that. :eureka:



1089 , Tropen , , Germany , 30's-40's , PF , OX some nice pens

1100 , UHU , , , , , German made fountain pens once...now and then Glue as major product.
1101 , Ullrich , , , , , not German...American...NY

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.

 

Odd, how many who should know better, compares Japanese F (which equals EF), with Western F, with out a second thought, but do not compare Japanese B with Western B.

 

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 08 December 2009 - 10:51

Is there any way one can search for or possibly a list of fountain pen manufacturers by country of origin?

For example:

ITALY
Aurora
Delta
Stipula
Visconti
etc , etc

I'm curious if smaller or less considered countries like Spain, Porugal, South Africa etc ever manufactured their own pens.
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 13:49

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Posted 31 December 2009 - 16:46

Two additions and apologies if they are in already:

Golden Rule
NY (ended 1920s...Maiden Lane) LF mostly BHR, BCHR and RHR, nut know of one celluloid. Fred Krinke has collection and info. Nice warranted nibs.

Master Craftsman
LF large orange celluloid (Doufold clone look) But Fred Krinke points out that feed looks exactly like Conklin. Nice warranted nib.

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