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Hello-I attended my first ever pen show yesterday.

 

I found a white Esterbrook nurse's pen with a black jewels-bought it, then walked around and the next dealer had a white nurse's fountain pen in a box that also came with a white ballpoint pen (the refill still works).

 

I am not sure if the set came in the box supplied.

 

My question though is were the nurse's ballpoint pens common?

 

ETA-hit wrong button-here is a picture.

 

 

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The actual nurse pen would be the same size as the SJ (4.75") with the black/red jewels. The CH purse pen is shorter.

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DON'T LET THE BP REFILL GET AWAY FROM YOU!

 

There are a couple three different ones and it's nice to have the one that works with your pen.

 

There are NO modern replacement refills that will work.

 

However,

 

When your refill finally goes out, you can Carefully snip the part forward of the neck down at the end off and stick a modern micro refill in the hole left in the refill from cutting the end off. You want to cut the end tube off so that you don't deform the hole or deform it as little as possible.

 

Bruce in Ocala, Fl

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Would love to see a better picture. I am not aware of Nurse ballpoints. and by the picture, looks more like a pencil, but you say it works, so it must be a ballpoint.

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I thought I read here that Nurse pens came with green, red and black jewels, depending on the nursing shift the nurse worked one or another would be used, and a matching ink.

 

I have a Nurse pen, and it is longer than my purse pen. It is, however, yellowed, and the red jewels are bleached-out looking. Very underwhelming.

"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.

 

 

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I thought I read here that Nurse pens came with green, red and black jewels, depending on the nursing shift the nurse worked one or another would be used, and a matching ink.

 

I have a Nurse pen, and it is longer than my purse pen. It is, however, yellowed, and the red jewels are bleached-out looking. Very underwhelming.

 

Common side effect of aging on some of these. They can end up looking more yellow than white, and the jewels can be washed out.

www.esterbrook.net All Esterbrook, All the Time.
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Common side effect of aging on some of these. They can end up looking more yellow than white, and the jewels can be washed out.

 

Thanks. It's good to know that my pen isn't the only one to have not aged gracefully.

"Don't hurry, don't worry. It's better to be late at the Golden Gate than to arrive in Hell on time."
--Sign in a bar and grill, Ormond Beach, Florida, 1960.

 

 

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The actual nurse pen would be the same size as the SJ (4.75") with the black/red jewels. The CH purse pen is shorter.

 

Why is it I have a 4.25 inch white pen with red jewels?

I always assumed it was a nurses pen, but since I also have a green pastel with red jewels, now I'm beginning to wonder.

 

BTW I do have a NOS 4.34 white pen with black jewels, that I always thought was a purse pen.

 

Have I had those backwards this whole time?

John L

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Why is it I have a 4.25 inch white pen with red jewels?

I always assumed it was a nurses pen, but since I also have a green pastel with red jewels, now I'm beginning to wonder.

 

BTW I do have a NOS 4.34 white pen with black jewels, that I always thought was a purse pen.

 

Have I had those backwards this whole time?

 

Hmmmm. All the Purse pens I have are 4 3/8 (near as I can eyeball it against a tape). And all the Nurse Pens are 4 3/4.

 

The green one does sound (dare I say it?) like a rarity. There, I said it.

 

The 4.25 white w/red jewels sounds like an anomaly/rarity. Perhaps the .09 difference being a shorter inner cap causing deeper seating of the barrel, and a worker in the Nurse line getting a purse pen by mistake (a theory); or perhaps a Nurse pen jewel-setter getting in the Purse pen line after a 3-martini lunch?

 

There were white (and other colored) purse-sized pens passed out by the Company one way or the other, with "Educational Sample" engraved on them, but I never measured them. Your 4.34 measurement sounds close to approximately 4 3/8.

 

Looking back, I don't understand how anything I've just written answers your question in any way.

Best Regards
Paul


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
– Albert Einstein

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I finally took the time to get some crude pics of the pens I mentioned above, along with another white with black jewels nurses pen(?) I picked up since my first post in this thread.

 

Still not 100% sure which ones are what.

To bad the green pens jewels are so faded.

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