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#1 kamakura-pens

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 01:00

One of the most prolific pen makers in the 1860's, 70's and 80's, but one that very little seems to be known is William S. Hicks. I've searched long and hard for any references to him, but he seems to be mostly ignored by collectors. What I have been able to find so far I have listed here:

http://www.kamakurap...ttan/Hicks.html

Does anyone have any more information? Or any cool Hicks Pens or pencils images to share?

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#2 antoniosz

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 02:04

Alas, no pens or pencils here (I wish smile.gif).
But in addition to the text that you quote in your Hicks page, here is another from Illustrated New York: the metropolis of to-day, Published 1888, International Pub. Co
It can be seen directly at http://www.google.co...p;lpg=RA9-PA262
It is interesting that it places the time of the change to the later address in March 1887

"WILLIAM S. HICKS, Manufacturer of Gold Pens and Pencil Cases, Nos. 231 to 235 Greenwich Street.-The name of
Hicks will ever be honorably identified with the trade in gold pens and pencil cases. As the oldest established mauufacturer,
Mr. William S. Hicks has not only maintained the leading position in his line, but is noted for his remarkable skill and versatility,
and for the originality of design and perfection of his product. He established the present business back in 1818, and during the long
intervening period has continued to actively carry it on upon a basis of the utmost efficiency. Mr. Hicks was born in New-York, and here
learned the trade in which he has achieved such a marked success, and New York city is to be congratulated upon the fact t,hat his gold
pens are known and sold in both hemispheres as standard goods for over thirty years past. For a large part of time Mr. Hicks was
located at No. 20 Maiden Lane, until March, 1887, the steady growth of trade, and desirability of superior light, power, etc., caused him to
remove his establishment t,o the fine new building. Nos. 231 to 235 Greenlvich Street, corner of Barclay Street. Here he occupies two
entire floors, 40x80 feet in dimensions, very handsomely fitted up with fine factory and salesroom. Mr. Hicks is the recognized leading
authority on the proper and best method of manufacturing perfect gold pens, and employs a force of from 90 to 100 skilled hands in the
various departments of the business. His pens are world renowned for exquisite temper, durable points, beauty of stock, and durability
for outlasting all other makes. They have come into use in the leading mercantile and financial circles of New York, London, and
all other large cities of the globe. and the universal verdict is that Hicks' gold pens (in their assorted varieties) best suit the purposes of
the public at large. He also makes a beautiful class of gold pencil cases, highly ornate and of exclusive original designs nowhere else
duplicated. The unique devices, happy conceits, amusing fashions introduced by him have gratified a very large circle of the community
that prefers personal belongings of a refined character. In this connection
we cannot suggest a better illustration of mr. Hicks' talents and original ideas than his elegant and striking business card, showing
the two hemispheres, his standard gold pen and various novel ideas in gold pencil cases, such as an owl, peg-top, dolphin.
acorn, etc., as neat as they are handy arid graceful. Mr. Hicks displays a
magnificent assortment in his show cases, and sells direct to the trade only, to whom he is known as a prompt, honorable husiness man, and
both the pioneer and leading representative manufacturer of the best gold pens end pencil cases."

Edited by antoniosz, 19 April 2007 - 02:06.


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Posted 16 May 2009 - 22:50

QUOTE (kamakura-pens @ Apr 18 2007, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
One of the most prolific pen makers in the 1860's, 70's and 80's, but one that very little seems to be known is William S. Hicks. I've searched long and hard for any references to him, but he seems to be mostly ignored by collectors. What I have been able to find so far I have listed here:

http://www.kamakurap...ttan/Hicks.html

Does anyone have any more information? Or any cool Hicks Pens or pencils images to share?

Stay Well,

RD
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http://www.lionandpen.com

I have been haveing the same p[roblem trying to research and date a solid 14K Bulb Filler I picked up some 5 years ago. Unfortunately I don't have a Picture of it yet to show you, but I wil endeavor to take one on post it/
Arthur

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 23:30

QUOTE (ArthurI @ May 16 2009, 06:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have been haveing the same p[roblem trying to research and date a solid 14K Bulb Filler I picked up some 5 years ago. Unfortunately I don't have a Picture of it yet to show you, but I wil endeavor to take one on post it/
Arthur


Those bulb-filling fountain pens date to the later 1930s and 1940s, more or less. Nice pens, but made long after Hicks' heyday.


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Posted 17 May 2009 - 17:35

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Hi
both are 14K, large pen is marked "Cartier" - bulb filler.

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Posted 06 November 2016 - 03:07

Hi!

 

I understand this is a W.S. Hicks for Tiffany Co. 

 

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 22:36

I have a sterling Cartier ringtop with a tiny but wonderful William Hicks nib. Ron Zorn's had it for a while, trying to make it functional again, and it's such a beautiful pen it's worth it.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 05:02

Update: I got my greedy hands on a sterling Tiffany ringtop with a Hicks nib. It's supposed to arrive Friday. Filthy as hell, but NOBODY ELSE BID. I don't know if I'm crazy or the other collectors were asleep, but they're great nibs and I really like sterling pens.

#9 basterma

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 11:16

Those are some nice looking pens.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 19:20

Update: I got my greedy hands on a sterling Tiffany ringtop with a Hicks nib. It's supposed to arrive Friday. Filthy as hell, but NOBODY ELSE BID. I don't know if I'm crazy or the other collectors were asleep, but they're great nibs and I really like sterling pens.

 

Ring tops are just not in demand. From your postings, I am familiar with your love of them.  You should be thrilled at your good fortune that you get wonderful pens at discount prices!



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 19:58

That one was not exactly a discount, but I've gotten lucky on a few occasions. There are (as I'm sure you've discovered yourself) many dealers on eBay who have never heard of Mabie Todd.



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Posted 11 February 2017 - 00:49

Update: the pen arrived, and I sent it out almost at once to Mr. Minuskin, to see if he can find a new bulb to replace the shattered on at the end of a transparent plastic reservoir. Failing that, he'll...try something else.

 

I did, however, dip it in ink and try it out. The results were very interesting: I'd call it a semiflex nib, but what impressed me was that it wrote beautifully from every position. It was all sweet spot, which would indicate a very high level of craftsmanship. The way the cap fit told the same tale ; an extreme amount of care dedicated to making the parts fit together. It's a filthy little thing right now, but once it gets some TLC it'll be an absolute treasure. I can't wait to get it back.



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Posted 11 February 2017 - 23:25

 

Update: the pen arrived, and I sent it out almost at once to Mr. Minuskin, to see if he can find a new bulb to replace the shattered on at the end of a transparent plastic reservoir. Failing that, he'll...try something else.

 

 

Was cautiously following that pen, then decided that it was a syringe fill that would be difficult and expensive to restore. Look forward to Minuskin’s diagnosis. Please keep us posted.

Couldn’t agree more, with a little TLC those clad metal Hicks are a treasure. To whet your appetite a combo in gold…

 

WS%20Hicks%20GP%20Combo%20-%206_zpsyfimt

 

That green color is the unfortunate reflection of the shirt I was wearing when I took the photo.

 

Another in sliver...

 

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...and a sweet little sleeve fill, that's really special IMHO.

 

Hicks%20Silver%20Sleeve%20-%204_zps1rc0u


Edited by DanDeM, 11 February 2017 - 23:26.


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 02:34

Dan,

 

Sleeve = Sweet.

 

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 19:30

I have a Cartier eyedropper with a Hicks nib: it's been in Mr. Zorn's custody for some months. It's like having a child in a Swiss boarding school - and possibly as expensive.

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 20:17

I have a Cartier eyedropper with a Hicks nib: it's been in Mr. Zorn's custody for some months. It's like having a child in a Swiss boarding school - and possibly as expensive.

 

Except that the child would come back fluent in French and German ...

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 22:49

It's bad form to try to write with one's child, of course.



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Posted 23 June 2017 - 17:08

I just purchased this combination pencil/pen. I thought it was a Mabie Todd device, but someone pointed out to me that the patent marking suggested it was a Hicks body refitted with a Mabie Todd nib. Dates from 1860s to 1880s.

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 02:32

Update: Mr. Minuskin fitted a bulb to the reservoir, and it works a treat. Only problem is a persistent leak: there are two breather holes in the section. I fail to see what they were for, so I covered them with tape. It's unsightly, but it works.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 02:50

In response to the initial request for more information concerning Hicks, I did compile a history for The Leadhead's Pencil Blog:

 

http://leadheadpenci...am-s-hicks.html








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