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Redleg05

I found this today. I can’t find much of information on these. I have one other BSP but you unlock a small hump and compress the sac with it.

 

This is an eye dropper. The clip is marked “Roller Clip” spelled vertically. I saw another photo of one with that spelled horizontally.

 

Patents on the clip (‘14) barrel, and cap (both ‘04) that seem to line up. “15” imprinted on the barrel end. Good chasing. “Boston Safety” is a bit light but the rest of the imprint is strong.

 

Without knowing how long it took Wahl to switch everything over, is thinking “1914-1920ish” accurate? 

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Redleg05

Of course, after posting this I found a thread on a Boston Safety Fountain Pen ad that is full of info. 😕

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Roger W.

With the clip this makes it later as you can see the clip is marked 1914.  Boston sold to Wahl in 1917 and Wahl by November of 1917 was putting out pens as Wahl Tempoints.  So yours is 1914-1917.  The 16 is the only larger pen in the dropper style and I know of only one of those.  You have a hump filler - very nice these are all uncommon.

 

Roger W.

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1 hour ago, Roger W. said:

You have a hump filler - very nice these are all uncommon.

Yes, a 43s. 

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2 hours ago, Roger W. said:

With the clip this makes it later as you can see the clip is marked 1914.  Boston sold to Wahl in 1917 and Wahl by November of 1917 was putting out pens as Wahl Tempoints.  So yours is 1914-1917.  The 16 is the only larger pen in the dropper style and I know of only one of those. 

Thanks for the info! I found your resurrected "Boston ad" thread literally within minutes of posting this. That was fascinating as well. It sounds like there are things that we'll never know.

Is there still an active Boston database? If it still exists I'd like to see it even just to learn what different Boston models there are.

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Well the database is really not that active as I took over much of one of the other contributors collections and my collection had grown to a point that I have almost enough examples just in it.  That said there are about 150 more pens than what I possess which rounds out what there is to know as it is not what I would call an actively collected pen since there are too few examples extant.  Still I'd guess over a thousand made for each example that we do have.  If you want the database then PM me your email and I'd be glad to send along the list.

 

Roger W. 

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