Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 135

Longtime Vancouver Pen Club member Stuart is another big fan of vintage fountain pens, as well as fountain pen desk sets (click on the 'desk sets' tag/label at the bottom of this post and you'll see many of them :) such as this nice example he acquired in early December:

(all photos courtesy of Stuart ~ please click on images to enlarge) 


Stuart: "Another one arrived last night, it’s been a good week! This one turns out to be more special than I realized.  It look to be in fantastic condition in the seller’s pics on eBay. It’s Sheaffer, 1927-31, with a jade pen fitted with a 46 Special nib.  Lovely marble base and plain swivel pen-holder, the first I’ve seen without a gold band decorating it."


"But this is what’s cool - I wetted one end of a Q-tip to swab the inside of the holder to see what ink had been used, and the swab came away clean, not a trace of ink! Then I wetted the nib and feed with tap water and wiped them with a tissue - same thing, they’re squeaky-clean! The pen’s never been filled. And - when you hold the pen up to the light, the jade barrel is translucent, and you can see the sac and inner part of the feed inside. I’ve never seen this before. The sac is petrified, and the taper won’t unscrew. I haven’t dipped the nib, I’m so impressed by the truly pristine condition."

"There’s a mark left from tape or a label (visible in the 2nd photo, to the left rear). I’m not sure what to use to clean it, but it’s not very visible. I probably will have the pen re-sacced; as nice as it is to have a set that’s never been used, just keeping it around in a “virginal” state seems excessive. It was meant to be used. I wonder where it’s been all these decades, and why it wasn’t put to work? It came from Dearborn, Michigan, home of Ford. So another winner for my collection, lucky me!" 

Congrats on another great vintage desk set, Stuart, and thanks for sharing another item from your collection with us!

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