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#1 antoniosz

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:12

Well, I first heard about the Dictator brand here. According to Johnny Appleseed:

'The incorporation of the Dictator Fountain Pen Co. was announced on 3/11/20 in NY Times, Page 25:
"Dictator Fountain Pen Co., Manhattan, $100,000; J. Hendricks, W. Burress, E.A. Paulton, 180 West 44ths St."
Late, again according to John, they transferred ownership to A Winter. On August 17, 1921 NY Times,
Page 17, article "New Incorporations" under the heading of "Deisgnations" it states:
"Dictator Fountain Pen Co. Del. 400,000 shares common stock, no par value; rep. A. Winter, 342 Madison Av."
And, directly below, under the heading "Dissolutions"
"Dictator Fountain Pen Co., Manhattan"'

I can not say that the name choice was very "politically correct" smile.gif
Anyway, recently I got the chance of acquiring a Dictator pen. Made from a Duofold-ish celluloid, solvant-welded into a barrel,
it is a button-filler with a nice semiflex nib. The pen is much thicker than my Sonnet and slightly shorter.
The blind cap and the top of the cap are from hard rubber which is slightly oxidized. The clip might be a replacement as
it is not plated in contrast to the cap bands. The nib is a surprise as it is marked 14 CARAT, which indicates UK,
and sports a crown and the number 2. No original? Possible. I have never seen another one, so I can not tell.
Arthur Winter, the 2nd (?) owner of the company was born in UK, so it is possible that he was doing business there.

Finally for completeness I list all the patents that appear to be associated to the company.
Anymore information would be appreciated.











Arthur Winter's and Dictator Fountain Pen Co. patents
I wish I could give credit to George's book but the name Arthur Winter is not in the index. So thank you Google and EPTO.
Incidentally George, there are 2 design patents (marked with *) for the errata.

Anyway most patents are not listed under the Dictator Fountain Pen Co. but the signature of Winter looks the same.
So it should be the same person. In the early patents he is refered to as a Jersey City, NJ and then Weehawken, NJ resident.
His 1942 draft card says that he was born in UK in 1883, and that at that time he lived/worked(?) in 1025 Boulevard East,
Weehawken, NJ, just across midtown Manhattan.

1,433,325, Arthur Winter and Porter S. Morgan, “Fountain Pen”, Filed: Dec 10, 1919, Issued: Oct 24, 1922
1,443,515, Arthur Winter, “Fountain Pen”, Filed: May 16, 1921, Issued: Jan 30, 1923
1,450,398, Arthur Winter, “Pen”, Filed: Feb 24, 1919, Issued: Apr 1923
1,742,711, William T. Maloney, “Magazine Pencil”, Filed: Aug 5, 1925, Issued: Jan 7, 1930, Assignee: 1/3 to Arthur Winter
2,028,855, Arthur Winter, “Mechanical Pencil”, Filed: Sep 12, 1934, Issued: Jan 28, 1936
2,078,433, Arthur Winter, “Lead Feeding Pencil”, Filed: Dec 18, 1935, Issued: Apr 27, 1937
2,252,907, Arthur Winter, “Fountain Pen”, Filed: Apr 25, 1941, Issued: Aug 19, 1941
2,455,964, Arthur Winter, “Pen”, Filed: Sep 22, 1944, Issued: Dec 1948

D98,560, Arthur Winter, “Design for a Fountain Pen or Similar Article”, Filed: Dec 31, 1935, Issued: Feb 11, 1936
* D139,839, Arthur Winter, “Design for a Fountain Pen”, Filed: Jul 27, 1944, Issued: Dec 1944
D140,151, Arthur Winter, “Design for a Fountain Pen”, Filed: Aug 31, 1944, Issued: Jan 1945
* D141,747, Arthur Winter, “Design for a Nib Section for a Fountain Pen or Similar Article”, Filed: Apr 4, 1945, Issued: Jul 3, 1945
D183,112, Arthur Winter, “Nib Section For A Fountain Pen”, Filed: Feb 12, 1957, Issued: Jun 24, 1958


Crayon porte-mines à magasin.
Inventor: THE DICTATOR FOUNTAIN PEN (US)
Applicant: DICTATOR FOUNTAIN PEN COMPANY (US)
EC: B43K21/00B IPC: B43K21/00; B43K21/00
Publication info: CH102306 - 1923-11-16

Improvements in pencils
Applicant: DICTATOR FOUNTAIN PEN COMPANY
EC: B43K21/14 IPC: B43K21/14; B43K21/00
Publication info: GB179145 - 1923-03-22

Füllbleistift
Applicant: DICTATOR FOUNTAIN PEN COMPANY
Publication info: AT94205B - 1923-09-10

Magazinschreibstift
Applicant: DICTATOR FOUNTAIN PEN COMPANY
EC: B43K21/14 IPC: B43K21/14; B43K21/00
Publication info: DE369345 - 1923-02-17

Fountain Pen
Inventor: TURNER JOHN D
Applicant: DICTATOR FOUNTAIN PEN COMPANY
Publication info: CA234983 - 1923-10-16

Pencil
Inventor: LADD DONALD
Applicant: DICTATOR FOUNTAIN PEN COMPANY
Publication info: CA225369 - 1922-10-31

Edited by antoniosz, 14 July 2007 - 01:13.


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Posted 14 July 2007 - 16:50

I don't think that pen has anything to do with the New York City Dictator company.
I would bet that it comes from the other side of the Atlantic. I vaguely recall having seen other "Dictator"-marked pens of the sort.



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Posted 15 July 2007 - 00:10

QUOTE(Vintagepens @ Jul 14 2007, 12:50 PM) View Post
I don't think that pen has anything to do with the New York City Dictator company.
I would bet that it comes from the other side of the Atlantic. I vaguely recall having seen other "Dictator"-marked pens of the sort.


You may be right.
As I said above the 14 Carat mark is not US.
I wish, I could find more about it...






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