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Source Of Regal Fountain Pen Nibs - Gold Plated


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Turner & Harrison were a significant steel pen maker in Philadelphia from about 1876 until into the 40's at least. They made nibs under a lot of different imprints in addition to their own Turner & Harrison brand.

 

This is from a Turner & Harrison "Trade" catalog from 1915. Thought that those of you who are interested in very early fountain pens may find it informative. Maybe you've seen one of these, and now you know from whence it came.

 

The catalog is from the collection of The Hagley Museum and Library and used with their permission.

 

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“When the historians of education do equal and exact justice to all who have contributed toward educational progress, they will devote several pages to those revolutionists who invented steel pens and blackboards.” V.T. Thayer, 1928

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This is a great part of history which few will ever learn.  Thank you for finding & sharing these pages.

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Since this thread has risen from the dead, I'll just add that I've learned since my original post that Turner & Harrison closed their doors in 1952. 

 

The rest is all very true. They really did know how to make quality nibs. It's interesting that these are actually brass. The need for flexible nibs was gone, and brass both took gold plate well, as well as being non-corrosive. It's main drawback was being stiff, but that wasn't an issue with most fountain pen users. 

 

“When the historians of education do equal and exact justice to all who have contributed toward educational progress, they will devote several pages to those revolutionists who invented steel pens and blackboards.” V.T. Thayer, 1928

Check out my Steel Pen Blog

"No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the mistake is to do it solemnly."

-Montaigne

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