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Solid Grey Color Esterbrook "educational Sample"?


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I've never heard of an "Educational Sample" other than demonstrator models. Was this a salesman sample given to schools for testing and try outs? Or something else altogether?



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I am new to Esterbrook fountain pens. It looks like a " J ". I photo of the fill lever might narrow the period of manufacture.

The solid color is unusual. I , too, would suspect a salesman's pen. Did a salesman order the inscription, or was it a

company issue ? Does the "plain, homely gray" have a purpose ?


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Thank you for sharing this one. I hope you have a rare find.

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These usually turn up in White or Aqua but I've seen most of the other colors. The printing will come off if you do any polishing.


I no longer pay a premium for them but some people might. I do think it gives the pen a bit of interest.

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As mentioned, I saw one in aqua come up this summer, and was listed as coming from the estate of an Esterbrook salesman, and described as the sales sample pen.

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I'm with Todd, these come up often enough i wouldn't pay a premium for them. In fact, I may very well not have a single one in my collection. Or not, not sure really. ;-)

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