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Esterbrook Steel Pen Display Case, 120+ Years Old


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#1 AAAndrew

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 18:55

Was doing research in the collection of a small-town historical society and this was on display. The volunteer in charge let me take it out and photograph it. 

 

It's fairly early. I'd place it at turn-of-the-century or possibly even a little earlier. It's missing the drawer in the back, but it has the opening for it. 

 

The packet inside it was for a few 048 Falcons sold through the nearby Northampton (Massachusetts) Commercial College which opened sometime before 1889 and closed in 1973. 

 

Just thought y'all might appreciate it. 

 

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 21:28

Thanks for sharing

 

Recently I bought a Nib box by the Rexall Drug company

 

It came with oodles of Steel dipping pens by Spencerian , similar wood box as the above Esterbtook

 

Same sale included a very cool , wooden pencil tip sharpnee  circa 1890

 

Also a vintage LE Waterman table top counter display glass on 3 sides + top

 

about 17"  long x  9" deep  x 5"" high  rear entry   Locking back door , Gilded   LE WATERMAN 

 

I printed  these attachments from written note without decent thumb nails  I not accurate I eWill attempt to re post.

 

The Goodell Company of Antrim, NH made "The Perfect Pencil Pointer " circa 1890

pencil is placed tip  1st into holder then slides along the guide across a semi course steel file which then places a crisp tip on the  Graphite lead    Bankers, Draftsmen anyone needing a "Sharp Pencil"

 

maybe the New Car Salesman  : ) 

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Posted 04 September 2019 - 22:07

Revised about the nibs, Rexall box,  vintage steel nibs by Spencerian,  Goodell Company-

wood pencil tip  maker  about  80  Spencerian Steel nib 

s various shapes an sizes  are available

 

sorry my photos could be confusing  hoping to clarify here.

 

hope you don't mind this aff on post here, but i thought it might just tie in wt Andrews  Esterbtook  nib display

 

questions invited

 

I suspect the LE  Counter-top display to date 1910 thru 1916  pre  WWI

 

The Interior case is Waterman Re pro.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 01:51

Woah! Amazing finds! the Rexall case and Waterman case are very cool, but I have to say the pencil pointer is my favorite. That's Awesome!!

 

thanks for sharing!

 

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 16:31

Very cool.  A few years ago I was up in Boston and went to Bromfield's Pen Shop.  On the way back to the T-station, I passed a collectibles store in the next block (mostly sports memorabilia).  In the window there was a cardboard Esterbrook display card with a couple of nib holders and about ten different drawing and calligraphy nibs -- and for ten bucks it became mine.

Now if I can only remember where in the house it is....  :blush: 

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 17:23

Here is an image of the display case from 1914. I'm looking for earlier, but I have at least to this date. 

 

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 22:03

Ruth

Aways turn up   or is that Turnip

 

Happy hunting


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 23:50

Here is an image of the display case from 1914. I'm looking for earlier, but I have at least to this date. 

 

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Very interesting.  I was less looking at the part of the ad showing the case, and more at the sidebar.  The "sample card" I have is very different: it's horizontal and has the holders and then the nibs across the bottom in a single row, so I'm wondering if it's later marketing on Esterbrook's part.

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