History[ edit ] Early prototypes of reservoir pens[ edit ] An early historical mention of what appears to be a reservoir pen dates back to the 10th century. According to Al-Qadi al-Nu’man d. Leonardo’s journals contain drawings with cross-sections of what appears to be a reservoir pen that works by both gravity and capillary action. Historians also took note of the fact that the handwriting in the inventor’s surviving journals is of a consistent contrast throughout, rather than the characteristic fading pattern typical of a quill pen caused by expending and re-dipping. While no physical item survives, several working models were reconstructed in by artist Amerigo Bombara that have since been put on display in museums dedicated to Leonardo. Klein and Henry W.
A Brief History of Writing Instruments
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Welcome to , your online source for information on Esterbrook fountain pens. As a vintage fountain pen collector I have narrowed my interests and collection to those of the Esterbrook pen company of Camden, NJ and later, Cherry Hill, NJ.
This website has examples of many of the different Esterbrook models as well as information on the Esterbrook company, pens for sale, and repair resources. Consider this site a work in progress, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, check back at a later date and I may have put it up. I have been collecting pens since and currently own and operate Anderson Pens with my wife Lisa in Appleton, WI where we have a physical storefront with all sorts of pens, paper, and ink.
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The history of communication, and the development and evolution of writing instruments begins long before any of us were alive. Sharpened stones, which were the writing tool of choice for cavemen, are widely considered the first writing instruments. Rather than writing letters and poems, however, the crude illustrations associated with cavemen represented everyday events — farming and hunting victories are two common examples.
Eventually civilization progressed, and cave walls began to show their pitfalls. As record keepers began developing symbols to represent words and phrases, a more portable means of communication was needed.
Waterman’s pen presentation is consistent between models and simple, so I like it. The box is a hard blue clamshell that has a silky smooth texture. It has a ribbon of blue across the middle. The pen sits inside on a velvety cream colored bed. The bed is removable – underneath you will find warranty.
History[ edit ] Lewis Edson Waterman’s entry into fountain pen manufacturing has only recently been properly researched. Waterman was working as a pen salesman in New York for a new company founded in the spring of by a volatile inventor named Frank Holland. Holland abandoned his company after only six weeks; Waterman stepped in and took over, fitting the pens with a simplified feed of his own design. Despite later company literature that depicts Lewis E.
Waterman as a golden-hearted innocent, all evidence indicates that he was a tough, savvy, and innovative businessman. In the L. Waterman company developed the “spoon Feed” system which prevented overflow of ink, which also led to the company receiving the gold medal of excellence at the “Exposition Universelle” in Paris in Waterman’s death in that the company took off. Under the leadership of Waterman’s nephew, Frank D. Waterman, the Waterman Pen Company expanded aggressively worldwide.
While Waterman introduced its share of innovations, the company’s main selling point was always quality and reliability. In Waterman patented their first permanently attached pen clip, allow a pen to be held directly in a pocket.
I also prefer very, very fine nibs, and they tend to present this sort of feel more than broader nibs. But why do certain nibs perform differently to others? Why is it that even two supposedly identical nibs can write differently to each other? What matters is how the nib is made, not what it is made from.
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Waterman , the fountain pen war of , and an already distant family is torn even further apart. The front page of a 2-sided ad in Am. Some of this may be common knowledge to pen historians and collectors, but some of it is new to me. It was already known that A. But did you know that early on he published a magazine? I saw a few issues sell on Ebay over ten years ago, but since then quite a few references have shown up on Google, and Google Books. Did you know that he was a traveling sales representative for the L.
Waterman in The American Stationer from May 31, , p. Another short item about A. Waterman from the Am. Between and , A.
In black with machine turned stainless cap. Be sure and provide a shipping address so a shipping cost can be calculated. Another one of those good old flexible Waterman 2s. I won’t engage in the old standard argument about whether this is a Red Ripple or Rosewood; You decide from the photos.
In , about a year before the United States entered World War II, Waterman began to restyle its product line, doing away with the out-of-date Art Deco look and featuring a new, robust, modern silhouette. The Hundred Year Pen was first, and all the company’s other models followed.
I have been collecting and restoring vintage Waterman’s Pens for some time. I thought that one rainy day I could sort through my collection and attempt to make a list of pens ie. Before undertaking this crazy adventure, I am curious if such a reference already exists. I would like such a list because although most of the pens I have acquired appear to have original configurations, I often come across pens without nibs or with grossly mismatched nibs.
Sometimes I would just like to fit a nicer nib in a better pen without destroying the authenticity of the combination. Knowing how many “out there” are already mismatched I prefer not to compound the issue and alter history further. In fact, I have even ordered from a very reputable dealer a 54 pen which surprisingly turned out to have been fitted with a 2 nib.
I know that some pens had their nibs replaced contemporaneously Waterman offered such a service , I just want to avoid gross or historically improbable pairings. For example, it is imaginable that an early ‘s eyedropper, say a 12, could have been sent back to Waterman in the ‘s for repair and have its “Ideal New York” nib replaced with a new “Reg US Pat Off” 2 nib. However, when I find one in the wild without a nib or worse, with an Epenco or Welsharp “14K Gold” stainless steel nib I would rather fit it with a more likely nib.
Imprinted on every pen L. Waterman produced from the s into the middle of the 20th century, these words identify one of the most popular and collectible brands in history. But one model stands out among its siblings as perhaps the most popular Waterman:
Conceiving a prestigious pen of this shape to not only look good, work brilliantly, but also feel sublime in the hand, took immense skill. Today, when you write with an Exception, you can feel the inspiration flowing from its charismatic lines.
Some sources indicate that the model was produced as far back as , there’s even a dating in the official Parker archives that states that one of the Victories in there was manufactured in This is however highly unlikely, for several reasons. First of all the Victories were manufactured in the UK only and it is highly unlikely that Parker and the Valentine Pen Company, which was later to become the UK Parker factory, had started their co-operation that early.
Secondly the name Victory indicates that the production was in line with the war effort, but by even if Hitler had begun his world domination planning, the war was still four years away. Thirdly most Victory pens have gold nibs clearly marked with an “N” to denote that they were made in Newhaven, an imprinting that begun only in Parker had had a subsidiary in the UK since at least , as shown by old ads.
First there was only marketing and a selling force. The setup worked fine, until World War II, when shipping became increasingly more risky. Everything was salvaged by divers and painstakingly cleaned by the Parker workers, but the vulnerability was evident. Furthermore Parker had recently been evicted from the prominent address of Bush House in London, since the government needed the facilities for wartime BBC radio transmissions.