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I like to wear my ringtop pens (a somewhat risky practice, but I don't wear shirts with pockets and it's great to have a pen on you all the time), and I wear them to work. My boss is a bit of a fountain pen fancier himself and he noticed my red ripple 52 1/2 v when I came into his office.

"That's my uncle's suicide pen!" he said. Apparently, his great-grand-uncle was the brother of the actor who played Scarlett O'Hara's dad in "Gone With The Wind," but he didn't do as well, became despondent and, as his family said, "took the pipe." It appears that he wrote his suicide note with a red ripple pen, which the family still has.

I'll bet that my boss tries to get his hands on it in the near future, but my ringtop will always be The Suicide Pen.

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Thanks for an interesting, but somewhat macabre story.






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With a supporting Letter of Authenticity it could be a valuable pen :unsure:


Perhaps she should have been named Scarlet O'Hara.

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It wouldn't have been my first choice for a family heirloom, but one likes one's pens to have an identity.

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