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  1. Since I got my first Boston pen as a gift (it’s still in my avatar, though the nib has been repaired since then) I’ve been fortunate enough to find several similar Dutch pens from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Nice celluloid and small, soft nibs are characteristic of these pens. Flex or semi-flex nibs are frequently found. Usually these pens are fantastic writers. There’s something about those nibs, small as they may be, that I just can’t find on modern pens. Today I found six more of these pens in an antiques store, all with 14k nibs, at €10 each. The Kaweco Sport on the left was added as a size indicator. From left to right: -a ca. 1955 Marvelette (obscure Dutch brand) in brown marble, with bent 14k F nib. Button filler. Sac disintegrated. Despite the bent nib it writes great! -a Boston in spectacular green marble, from late ‘40s or ‘50s, perhaps a copy of a pre-war Parker Lady pen. Lever filler. Sac disintegrated. 14k F nib. -a green pen labeled ‘Big Ben’ on the barrel as well as the 14k XXF nib. This is the narrowest Western nib I’ve ever used - it rocks. Piston filler. Mechanism broken. -a Nobel, my second one in this nice red trim with stripes. Button filler, sac intact! 14k EF nib. -a grey marble Boston piston filler with soft 14k F nib. The piston works as intended, no leaks. -an unknown black piston filler with a glorious 14k EF nib. The pen appears to have been dipped in toothpaste or something, there’s white stuff everywhere. The piston works as intended. I’ll post a quick writing sample and some pics of each of these in the following posts.
  2. After getting my old Boston pen repaired, the sac lasted 3 months :-( . Since then Ive used it as a dip pen. It writes gloriously, at least I think it does. Only one store in Holland is able to repair pens like this and a couple of weeks ago I had to be in that city and dropped off the pen for another sac repair. As fate will have it, they had another vintage Boston for sale, a blue one, fully restored and ready to rock. I passed, because I have enough pens and am already suffering from option anxiety on which ones to ink up... but I talked about that pen when I got home. Yesterday my wife had to be in the same city and she picked up the repaired pen for me. As a wonderful surprise, she also bought the blue one (yes, I know, my wife is totally great). I did a backflip when she gave it to me. Theyre small button fillers. I mean really small so they absolutely need to be posted. But when posted, they somehow fit like a glove. I can write for hours without any fatigue. The nibs are very, very soft 14k gold and theyre subtly different: the blue one has a slightly larger nib and feed. The nib on the grey one is softer and shows subtle line variation when writing normally. With a little bit of pressure, its line width ranges from western EF to western M. I adore these little nibs! ^For reference Ive added a Sailor Pro Gear Slim 14k H-MF which writes rather a fine line. They dont make em like this anymore... The history of Boston is sketchy. Lambrous book devotes a short paragraph to it and the accompanying photo shows 5 wonderful examples of Boston pens. Its a small and short-lived Dutch company that apparently had the pens made in the UK and/or Germany. The pens were certainly not high-end, but from a writing point of view they are my favourite vintage pens. PS Id like to clean the clip of the blue one. Any suggestions on how to proceed?
  3. SpinningAnna

    Hello From The Netherlands

    Hi, my name is Anna. I was given a fountain pen September 2018, a Pelican M205 with a broad nib. It brought back the joy from learning writing at school in the '70s. We used a slanted French round hand in the Netherlands, with fountain pens. The Pelikan showed me quickly that I prefer lighter pens, with finer nibs. And that I hold my pen ridiculously far away from the nib. Somewhere half way the pen? And use it uncapped. As I went out and looked for a pen matching those preferences I found out I may be a bit of an odd duck with today's enamourement with broad heavy cigar type fountain pens. I had a lovely trip to Akkerman in The Hague and to the Nijmegen Pen Shop. At Akkerman I bought a Sailor Chalana which I use daily as it fits into my notebook. And some glitter ink (Diamine) that clogs up fine nibs... The owner of the Nijmegen Pen Shop taught me a lot about my preferences. He kept pulling pens from everywhere! Light pen, fine nib, usually a click closure to prevent holding it at the thread and.... a gold nib. I love how one can talk about these nuances -for which I of course lacked the words, I only know what my hands tell me- but a professional recognizes what's important. He educated me. Showed me variables. Let me feel the variables. Together we found the fountain pen that suits me to a t: a celluloid Boston Diamond from the 1930's. What? yeah. It's the one that my hands loved. It was My Pen the moment I picked it up. It's a vintage if not antique Dutch brand. Parts came from various countries and assembly was in the Netherlands. Celluloid. Mine is more slender than usual and an absolute light weight. It has a push system(? I do not possess all the words yet. It has a sack inside.) Here are some pictures and also a picture of the font I was taught at school, at age 6. I let my muscle memory do the work, hence why there are some wrong ones like the first E and the w. Hope you enjoy and hope to talk to you. I've learned so much already on this forum. It was my first go to when I wanted to learn more about fountain pens last November. And I keep coming back.
  4. One80Chipmunk

    Grandson Of Gerner Pen Co. Owner

    I'm the grandson of the owner of Gerner Pen Company. He had 100+ cigar boxes filled with parts (casings, nibs, etc.) in his Dorchester basement. Today, unfortunately, only a few dozen Gerner pins are in our possession. Any history people could give me would be appreciated. I still use Gerner pen and pencils. Thanks to this group for its existence. Although I now live in the American Midwest, I have great memories and fondness for the work Grandpa Gerner did...
  5. Hi Everyone! Thought I would use this forum to discuss the upcoming Hub on 09/25/15. (To register for any of the worldwide Hubs, please go to www.pelikan.com/hubs ) I am seeking ideas regarding place, activities, etc. If anyone here knows where last years' Boston Hub took place, I would really appreciate the info, thanks! Also, if you know approximately how many people registered/attended, that would be great also! Thanks so much, and I look forward to discussing this with you! Carolyn
  6. CJ_ung


    Hello all, I'll be in New York City, Boston , and New Haven CT later this summer and I was wondering if any of you know of any pen shops in and about those regions. Any experiences with items purchased there would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, CJ
  7. Hello friends! Do you guys know about any kind of pen show that happens near the Boston area? If not, what happens on the east coast that its not in NYC? best!!!
  8. Vintage bug has bitten...and now wondering if I should learn how to resac etc etc. Perhaps the best thing you can do is talk me out of the whole thing....
  9. Scans are here: http://tinyurl.com/polwxr3 download a .zip file with all the scans in here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/qkpqzg Please note that plate 25 was missing from the copy I scanned, all of the rest are there. This book was published in 1795. William Milns did the calligraphy and Harry Ashby engraved it. This book was popular enough that it continued to be published until the 1850s in England. William Milns emigrated from England to America at some point after publishing this book, and his grave may be found today in Boston, in the old burying ground, on Boston common near Boylston street. His headstone reads: To the memory of William Milns Member of St. Mary Hall in the university of Oxford, Author of the Well bred Scholar, The American accountant, the Penman's Repository, and of Several Dramatic Works, Master of Salvador Academy, and of the city commercial school in London, who died in this town, the 27th February 1801, Aged 40 years. Society was benefited by the exercise of his talents. His private virtues endeared him to his friends. source of information: "American penmanship 1800 - 1850" by Paul Nash. Some low-res previews for you: http://i.imgur.com/gybev5z.jpg http://i.imgur.com/5NL6ddf.jpg http://i.imgur.com/pIEXdjN.jpg http://i.imgur.com/Wfkh7sW.jpg
  10. Hey guys! I'm pretty new to fountain pens, but I would love to find a good store nearby me. Does anyone know of any really good pen or ink stores in the greater Boston area? I just don't like purchasing such personal items (how a pen meshes with one's handwriting is, in my opinion, very personal) online. Especially if I were to dish out on an expensive pen; I have a Lamy Safari EF nib now, and I love it, but I was thinking of getting myself something a bit nicer before college, but only if I can purchase it in person. Thank you!

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