Friday, June 18, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 211

And now - Stuart's new vintage Esterbrook DB-117 desk set in "Sea Green"! The desk set spent a few days stuck in the Windy City before arriving in Vancouver, but it finally got here, safe and sound. Without further ado, here it is...

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

Stuart: "Here’s the long awaited arrival - an Esterbrook wedge desk-set in mint green! It’s in great condition, though I swapped in another, matching pen that works, as the set’s own pen has a petrified sac. Also, its taper doesn’t want to screw back in all the way, and I haven’t forced it. The taper has a black band at the end, which I haven’t seen before. Another great catch for the collection!"

"The working pen is fitted with a Relief 2314-F stub, with a Fine point."

"I think I got the Relief stub at Van Pen - they have (or did have) a small stash of old Esterbrook points. It’s a cool nib and worth looking for if you like Estie’s."

Stuart has a very similar vintage Esterbrook desk base that was featured here on our blog a few months ago (link), but that one was a model DB-114. Aside from its colour (black), that DB-114 looks very similar to the minty green DB-117 desk set in this blog post. The DB-114, however, has more ridges and only came in one colour (Black) whereas the DB-117 came in several colours (Sea Green, Pearl Gray, Florentine Blue, Rouge Red and Walnut Brown). There's a scan of a 1957 Esterbrook desk set pamphlet in the PCA Reference Library (scan here - see pages 5 & 6) that shows the oh-so-subtle difference between these two models.

Congratulations to Stuart on another find, and our thanks to him for sharing it with us!

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