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#1 AAAndrew

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 19:54

I’ve finally arrived at the 800 pound gorilla of US steel pen companies, R. Esterbrook & Co. in the latest installment: “Esterbrook, Part 1: In The Beginning…
 
Esterbrook was a significant force in the steel (dip) pen industry world-wide, and it dominated all other American steel pen companies from not long after its founding until the death of the American steel pen trade in the 1950’s.
 
The beginnings of the company have been shrouded in mystery and myth for quite a long time. With the help of some wonderfully generous people, with special shout-out to Frances, the Family History Research volunteer at the Liskeard and District Museums, I’ve been able to understand, and hopefully convey, some sense of the ground from which sprung this influential company led by an influential family. (who had a rather unusual taste in names)  I have also found a bit more information on Esterbrook's first partners, including a couple of the Birmingham men he brought over to get the company off the ground. 
 
The article covers the time period from the first Richard Esterbrook in Liskeard, Cornwall, to Richard Esterbrook Senior’s birth, up until the company re-formed in 1866.
 
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 22:58

Very cool!  So the H.W. Smith pen I have manages to have an Esterbrook connection somewhere.



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Posted 03 July 2018 - 01:45

Thank you, Andrew.


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 02:58

Very cool!  So the H.W. Smith pen I have manages to have an Esterbrook connection somewhere.


Very tenuous, but, sure. :)

Thank you, Andrew.


I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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