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#1 enlasombra



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Posted 16 January 2010 - 09:49

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This model dates from 1920 and was manufactured by the company Pollock Pen Co. in Boston, USA (of which there is little documentation), but usually is known as "John Hancock" as it was the signing of this distinguished patriot of the American Revolution , which is employment as a marketing element for sale. John Hancock served as President of the Second Continental Congress and was the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but is most famous for his signature on the Declaration of Independence of the United States.

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This fountain is made of Hard Rubber (Ebonite) black, closed with a size of 141 mm. and an empty weight of 12.4 gr. This model was made in two sizes, the model of the photos is the larger of the two. There was a short period of time, so now is a model difficult to see and even more in this condition.

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Etching of the cap where we can read "John Hancock (the trading name adopted by the firm) CARTRIDGE PEN - POLLOCK PEN CO. - BOSTON USA".

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The idea of storing ink in a reservoir and removable power to have a "reservation" easy to use is not new, the first time raised was in 1890 when the firm Eagle Pencil Company of New York, presented him with glass cartridges its patent expired in 1904, no one raised as a way forward, until 1920 was this pen with cartridges made of copper marking the beginning of what some years later (1937) Waterman begin to implement, this time glass cartridge and then in 1953 with the plastic cartridge as we know them today, with very minor variations.

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John Hancock cartridges were sold in two packs, the first was made of metal with the signature recorded by "blow dry" and the second with a wax paper sleeve, also with the printed signature. Both contain 3 cartridges.

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Its nib is made of solid gold and is small in proportion to the whole pen in his nib reads: "John Hancock Boston" and it should be stressed breathing hole in his heart-shaped, very common in fountain pens the time.

The "advance" this pen raised with interchangeable rolls of copper, greatly facilitated the evolution of writing instruments, making them much more accessible, comfortable and safe as they showed the making of the replacement of this idea by signing Waterman.

Another "jewel" that passes through our hands, this time by the determination demonstrated by its manufacturer to offer a better product, even knowing that the complexity of the system in those days would raise more problems than benefits.

I hope you like it as much as my ;)
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Posted 16 January 2010 - 10:07

wonderful review of a really nice pen

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 11:56

That's a pretty interesting pen....

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 11:59

Nice looking pen.
And how can this be, because he is the Kwisatz Haderach.

#5 Edgar Allan Bo

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:30

An early rOtring!?! :lol:

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 03:46

Wow! That's beautiful! I love it when something so old has survived all these years in such nice condition. The other day I was looking at a little scratch on my iPhone and thinking, "I wonder if anyone will be buying these on eBay 100 years from now... and will this little scratch affect the value?" :hmm1:


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