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#1 sidthecat

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Posted 07 May 2016 - 20:00

I like to wear my ringtop pens (a somewhat risky practice, but I don't wear shirts with pockets and it's great to have a pen on you all the time), and I wear them to work. My boss is a bit of a fountain pen fancier himself and he noticed my red ripple 52 1/2 v when I came into his office.

"That's my uncle's suicide pen!" he said. Apparently, his great-grand-uncle was the brother of the actor who played Scarlett O'Hara's dad in "Gone With The Wind," but he didn't do as well, became despondent and, as his family said, "took the pipe." It appears that he wrote his suicide note with a red ripple pen, which the family still has.

I'll bet that my boss tries to get his hands on it in the near future, but my ringtop will always be The Suicide Pen.



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 11:34

Thanks for an interesting, but somewhat macabre story.

 

 

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 12:14

With a supporting Letter of Authenticity it could be a valuable pen  :unsure:

 

Perhaps she should have been named Scarlet O'Hara.



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 17:44

It wouldn't have been my first choice for a family heirloom, but one likes one's pens to have an identity.





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