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#101 crescentfiller

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 19:39

I've been collecting Victorian dip pens and propelling pencils for twenty years or so.

 

Here are a few I found recently--the Mabie Todd is at the top.

 

The large combination in the middle is a particularly interesting find. I liked the combo and admired the engraving when I first picked it up, and I could tell that it was solid gold. What I didn't notice until later was the inscription.

 

It reads: "Presented to Miss Cooper, by the Officers, Col. Bakers Regt. July 2, 1861"

 

Edward Dickinson Baker was a US Senator and Civil War Colonel who died in battle shortly after the date on this combo, on October 21, 1861. He was a close friend of Lincoln; Lincoln even named one of his sons after Baker.

The nib is marked "G.W. Simmons and Brother, PHILA." The company made presentation swords and other items for the military.

 

I'm working on identifying Miss Cooper and her connection to the regiment.

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 20:09

I've been collecting Victorian dip pens and propelling pencils for twenty years or so.

 

That is a fantastic collection.

Thanks for posting that picture.

Those things are works of art.



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Posted 19 November 2017 - 20:31

Thanks Bordeaux,

 

They are the results of some serious hunting a month or two back and will fit nicely into the larger collection.



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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:02

I got my hands on a #4 nib a few months back, and to my great pleasure discovered that it fit beautifully into a black Doric ringtop. Mr. Minuskin put them together for me.
It’s a wonderful thing to write with - flex beyond the wildest dreams of any fountain pen!

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 14:22

Anyone here familiar with the combo with the animal/figural end piece (third up from bottom)?

It is marked Rauch Pat. Jany 1852. I'm familiar with Rauch history and pens, but am curious about the end piece.

 

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 23:48

I've been collecting Victorian dip pens and propelling pencils for twenty years or so.

 

Here are a few I found recently--the Mabie Todd is at the top.

 

The large combination in the middle is a particularly interesting find. I liked the combo and admired the engraving when I first picked it up, and I could tell that it was solid gold. What I didn't notice until later was the inscription.

 

It reads: "Presented to Miss Cooper, by the Officers, Col. Bakers Regt. July 2, 1861"

 

Edward Dickinson Baker was a US Senator and Civil War Colonel who died in battle shortly after the date on this combo, on October 21, 1861. He was a close friend of Lincoln; Lincoln even named one of his sons after Baker.

The nib is marked "G.W. Simmons and Brother, PHILA." The company made presentation swords and other items for the military.

 

I'm working on identifying Miss Cooper and her connection to the regiment.

the most fascinating post in i don't know when.. please do share whatever additional history you discover.



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#107 sidthecat

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 19:39

I figure I owe you a couple of pictures of this monster:

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 15:23

I recently put a similar nib (Mabie Todd #3) in a bog oak Desiderata:

 

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:57

That’s a pretty thing, all right. I have a couple of tiny hybrids I can hardly put down.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 05:10

Hi

I have a MT No 7 Barrel Dip Pen that needs retipping, does anyone have recommendations?

Thanks

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 03:17

Mr. Minuskin is not cheap, but he can do the job.
He also has a death-ray - although he calls it a laser welder.

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 06:29

Greg Minuskin and Nibs.com both are not doing retipping at this time

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:56

goldnibs.com do re-tipping but its located in portugal


Edited by Toshinden, 21 January 2018 - 08:57.


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Posted 21 January 2018 - 20:46

thanks

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 18:15

the perfect size to custom a vintage nib mabie todd swan in a fountain pen is size 6?

Size 8 or size 10 is too much?



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Posted 22 January 2018 - 19:43

the perfect size to custom a vintage nib mabie todd swan in a fountain pen is size 6?

Size 8 or size 10 is too much?

 

It depends on the host pen. A Mabie Todd #6 dip nib would be too large for a typical fountain pen feed (the Waterman 48 on the previous page is not typical!).

 

You'll have better luck finding a suitable host if you start with a #3 or #2 nib, in my opinion.


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 04:57

i know someone who can make a fountain pen with a vintage nib to perfectly fit in with any size.

 

So in your opinion if you hold an #6 nib fountain pen,will you feel inconvenient?

 

Actually i search more than 1 YEAR! to find someone who can sell a mabie todd nib or aikin lambert with long tines +vent hole+line variation extra fine to broad,to put in a new"build" body,but ...i didnt even find one

 

PS:i dont speak english very well ,hope you understand


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#118 Goudy

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 06:41

Well, if you're having a fountain pen custom made for a vintage dip nib, you can go with any size you feel comfortable with. A Mabie Todd #6 dip nib would make for quite a chunky fountain pen, but some people like that.

 

As you'll see from this thread, vintage dip nibs rarely come with vent holes. If you particularly want that feature (to improve flow or for stress dispersal) you may need to get the hole drilled for you.

 

Mabie Todd and Aikin Lambert are two of my favourite makers, but there are many other excellent brands to look for: Fairchild, Hicks, John Holland, L Jackson, John Foley, HM Smith (to name just a few).

 

Here are two Desiderata pens customised with Aikin Lambert #3 and L Jackson #4 nibs. They both work fine without vent holes, by the way:

 

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 07:29

Yes @ Goudy i read this entire thread.

I actually have a Desiderata with a titanium zebra G on it.If we compare size of your aikin lambert # 3 to the zebra G its more or less the same?

 

Question=

-vent hole prevent for crack but does it improve ink flow?

 

-Did you have issue with ink flow when you put theses dip nib on fountain pen?

 

-Your Jackson#4 is longer than your Aikin?! how do you feel using both of them?

 

-Can you give me longer size of a #6 nib and a #3 and #4 nib please?

 

Sorry to ask so much questions

 

i search an 313 mabie todd or an aikin lambert falcon nib for so long now .

if you find one or want to sell,mp me.

I am so desesperate...

 

 

PS:i dont speak english very well ,hope you understand


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#120 Goudy

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 10:10

The Desiderata feeds are quite generous and designed for flexible dip nibs, so flow isn't usually a problem, though it can take a bit of adjustment and experimentation to get it working right. I don't like the idea of drilling holes in my antique nibs, so if a nib doesn't seem to be working in a feed, I'll try a different one.

 

My L Jackson #4 and Aikin Lambert #3 are both about the same width as a Zebra G, but longer. Both pens feel comfortable in use. The Aikin Lambert is a bit finer and springier, and I tend to use it more for sketching. I'm away from home at the moment, so can't measure them. This photo will give you an idea of the relative sizes of Mabie Todd nibs from #1 to #8:

 

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I have a lot of #3 and #4 nibs that don't fit Desiderata pens. They're the right width but have the wrong shape of curve for the Desiderata's cylindrical feed.

 

 


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