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#161 Anne-Sophie

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 05:27

It is a wonderfully of-the-period pink. With matching pen. It's the only one I've ever seen, but then I haven't been looking for Morrisets for very long. The only other colors I've seen are brown, black, brown swirl and red. 

I figured it might be pink, because of the great contrasts it makes with the blue but the cocoa looks mauve in my picture.

The Azure inkwell is exquisite!

Thanks for sharing the un-boxing pictures, it shows how judicious use of cardboard, smaller boxes and wrapping paper could save us from the unbearable waste of redundant plastic packaging.

Back to the pleasant inkwells, I found that Carter Ink made a dark blue and a purple inkwell. I would love to find unusual colors, but so far, the only one I could get were black.

As it happens, a space has been freed for future inkwells eventual display.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 14:55

The cocoa is a kind of brownish-mauve. It's not a terribly attractive color, but it's very indicative of the period. As is the mid-60's avocado green, the 50's azure blue and the 40's pink. 

 

I'm more of a "representative example" rather than "one of every type" collector. Though I seem to be working on that with Esterbrook dip nibs. I'm up to 78 different numbers and still looking. That doesn't count variations in finish, imprint (556, I'm looking at you!), or date. If those are counted I have 141 different styles of Esterbrook nibs. 

 

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 15:00

The cocoa is a kind of brownish-mauve. It's not a terribly attractive color, but it's very indicative of the period. As is the mid-60's avocado green, the 50's azure blue and the 40's pink. 

 

I'm more of a "representative example" rather than "one of every type" collector. Though I seem to be working on that with Esterbrook dip nibs. I'm up to 78 different numbers and still looking. That doesn't count variations in finish, imprint (556, I'm looking at you!), or date. If those are counted I have 141 different styles of Esterbrook nibs. 

 

We all have our little quirks.  :D

 

After spending most of my time on Esterbrooks, and the more I learn, this is what I have concluded.

 

Esterbrook is a top quality pen, more like a first tier than lower.  Esterbrook has a unique view of pens - they mastered the art of the writing experience.  They have more nib variations than anyone else.  When they moved to fountain pens, it was a continuation of that.  They made an attractive and durable nib holder (including an ink supply).  They offered few variations of the pen, but still several of the nibs. Esterbrook has, in my mind, always been about the joy of actual writing.



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Posted 09 March 2017 - 16:58

 

After spending most of my time on Esterbrooks, and the more I learn, this is what I have concluded.

 

Esterbrook is a top quality pen, more like a first tier than lower.  Esterbrook has a unique view of pens - they mastered the art of the writing experience.  They have more nib variations than anyone else.  When they moved to fountain pens, it was a continuation of that.  They made an attractive and durable nib holder (including an ink supply).  They offered few variations of the pen, but still several of the nibs. Esterbrook has, in my mind, always been about the joy of actual writing.

 

Completely agree. For Esterbrook the nib was supreme. The pen was "merely" the holder. It doesn't have to be fancy (steel furniture), but the experience of writing was paramount. And since this experience is most affected by the nib, they put most attention on that. Compare how many different models of pen they had at any one time compared to how many different models of nib, and you'll see what was important. They were in the nib business for almost 70 years before they seriously got into the pen business. 


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 22:53

I suspect you're right. Even three years ago, I wasn't all that interested in vintage pens, much less Esterbrooks. Now I fear I'm starting to collect them. Even re-sac them!

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Posted 10 March 2017 - 23:48

Very basic question. Do any of the dip pens nibs that are associated with desk pens are available in broad?
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 02:12

The vast majority of Esterbrook dip-less pens you will encounter will be the "later" ones which accept any of the same Renew-point nibs that the regular Esterbrook pens accept. 


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Posted 11 March 2017 - 02:47

Broads are available.  But broad and stubs are difficult to find and usually scooped up quickly.

If you can find a similar size Broad nib, with a bit of work, it can be installed into an Esterbrook nib assembly.


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 04:02

I suspect you're right. Even three years ago, I wasn't all that interested in vintage pens, much less Esterbrooks. Now I fear I'm starting to collect them. Even re-sac them!

No fear about it, I am collecting them. Purchased my first in the summer of 2013. It was a green J with a 9550, I need blue and red J's to complete the color set.


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Posted 12 March 2017 - 04:06

Broads are available.  But broad and stubs are difficult to find and usually scooped up quickly.

If you can find a similar size Broad nib, with a bit of work, it can be installed into an Esterbrook nib assembly.

I lucked into a broad. (2464) When my Bell Systems LJ showed up it had one installed. (Thanks EoC!!)

 

II just picked up my first medium (1551) the rest are EF (9450,9550) and F (Venus, 1555 Gregg)


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