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#1 Zo_rog

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:48

I am doing a research project on Edwardian fountain pens and wondered if anyone knows of any models that were around then (1901-1910) and any pictures of them. I know Parker, Mabie Todd, and Waterman's pens were around then but I'm struggling to find specific pictures.

 

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#2 Goudy

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:43

The PCA website has a library of vintage pen catalogues, which will help give you an idea of what was available during that period:

 

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 12:28

A couple of years ago I scoured the Making of America archive and came up with a bunch of early fountain pen ads. 

 

The post is here http://www.fountainp...merica-e-texts/

 

A lot of them are late Victorian, for the period you're specifically looking at, try the Moore's Non-leakable Fountain pen ads, or the later Waterman ones. 

 

What specifically are you researching? I've done a fair amount of research in that period on steel (dip) pens, but a lot of the same resources can be used. I'd be happy to help. 

 

One place you can start is David Nishamura's Vintage Pen Blog. He's also put together the premier list of online editions of The American Stationer. 

 

I've captured a few of my research resources, and will be adding more, over at my new blog The Steel Pen. The direct link to the posts on research resources is here


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 00:14

At that time John Holland was a major player offering pens like this...

 

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and so was Paul Wirt with pens like these.

 

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Another, although smaller maker, was the Edison Pen Co. Pen based in Petersburg VA.

 

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Edited by DanDeM, 20 October 2017 - 00:18.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:23

Uh, mind if I say... :o

Edited by AAAndrew, 20 October 2017 - 01:24.

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:40

I though it was relatively easy to get such images! :unsure: 


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:40

At that time John Holland was a major player offering pens like this...

 

fpn_1372800034__6_jh_filigree_ed_-_3.jpg

fpn_1415567947__4_holland_mop_-_3.jpg
and so was Paul Wirt with pens like these.

 

fpn_1377986320__wirts_-_2.jpg

Another, although smaller maker, was the Edison Pen Co. Pen based in Petersburg VA.

 

fpn_1377986274__edisons.jpg
 

These are gorgeous... The top one incidentally looks like the one offered by modern Edison pen co. 



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 20:14

These are gorgeous... The top one incidentally looks like the one offered by modern Edison pen co. 

 

And one of the pens in the Paul Wirt photo (the gold one in the upper right hand side of the picture, under that red ripple one) has a very similar overlay to what I have on a couple of Morrison ringtops (and also what I've seen on some Waterman pens).

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 21:04

 

... has a very similar overlay to what I have on a couple of Morrison ringtops

 

A very popular filigree pattern, called Vine, it remained in use well into the twenties in lever filled pens.

Here is an example in silver by Eclipse.

 

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and Morrison

 

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and this in gold by Edison

 

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This example is from the Salz Brothers. The full size filigree, on a model called Manhattan, is a lever fill from the twenties,

and the small one is a Peter Pan eye-drop fill from the 1910’s.

 

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Edited by DanDeM, 20 October 2017 - 21:23.


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Posted 21 October 2017 - 22:25

 

A very popular filigree pattern, called Vine, it remained in use well into the twenties in lever filled pens.

and this in gold by Edison

 

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Oh lordy... that pen has now entered my dreams.


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 06:33

Stylograph pens were being made during the period. Mabie Todd and A.T.Cross were manufacturing them among others. They were popular for a while in Europe. A book published in 1909 titled, The detection of Forgeries by Douglas Blackburn and Waithman Caddell was a study of forged handwriting and how it can be detected, makes mention of  the much used stylograph and its uniformity of writing.

 

Has any members a collection of these pens?

 

Richard's pens has a few examples on his web site.


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Posted 22 October 2017 - 19:11

Stylograph pens were being made during the period. Mabie Todd and A.T.Cross were manufacturing them among others. They were popular for a while in Europe. A book published in 1909 titled, The detection of Forgeries by Douglas Blackburn and Waithman Caddell was a study of forged handwriting and how it can be detected, makes mention of  the much used stylograph and its uniformity of writing.

 

Has any members a collection of these pens?

 

Richard's pens has a few examples on his web site.

There was a conversation about them here http://www.fountainp...lographic-pens/ last spring



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Posted 22 October 2017 - 19:26

There was a conversation about them here http://www.fountainp...lographic-pens/ last spring

 

Thank you for posting the link, along with reading the book and reference made to these pens. I'm going to see if I can find examples.


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Sincerely yours,

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:00

The ringtop goes back a long way, it seems. Is there any information on the history of such things?





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