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#1 cpaok

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 19:12

assume the metal work at the nib end (no bid) is gold or gold-plated - any idea of value, if any



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 19:12

assume the metal work at the nib end (no nib came with it) is gold or gold-plated - any idea of value, if any

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 19:12

and Thank you



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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:59

No idea of value but what you seem to have is a pen holder.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 12:01

I have a very similar item. Insert a dip pen nib. The slider will retract the nib to place yhe pen in a ladies purse.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 12:04

Naturally the nib has to be small enough to retract into the barrel.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 14:45

It’s a dip pen holder, as was said. It’s probably late 19th century and was meant to be packed in a traveling writing case with the nib slid into the body of the gilt brass end.

Ones in perfect condition can go for $30 or so. They don’t do so well as there are a fair number of them out there and they’re not always the best to use, especially if the slide doesn’t work well, or too well, or the metal has split. They were made in huge numbers. The very nicest were marked with a maker’s mark, but most aren’t marked. When you read 19th-century accounts of someone making or selling “pen cases” this is what was meant.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 19:40

There may be a number somewhere that will suggest what size nib the pen will take. And the slider means that the pen will retract the nib - a useful safety measure.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 20:42

it looks to me like a #2 or #3 for a gold nib. For steel, probably one of the smaller nibs like a "University" nib (Miller Bros, Hunt, Eagle), or a Gillott 303. 



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