Saturday, August 21, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 243

From one nice vintage Sheaffer desk set of Stuart's to another...

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

Stuart: "Here's some pics of my new baby! It’s from Madison Fine Pens, and this time they packed it properly so it arrived safe and sound, unlike the one I got from them last year that had its holder broken in transit. This one is green onyx mounted on a brass base, 5 inches long by 3 1/2 wide, and surprisingly heavy for the size." 

"The glue holding the narrower, front piece of onyx has worn out and the stone is loose, but as long as the base is just sitting on my desk it’s fine. I don’t think Madison caused this - I assume the glue was pretty well gone when they packed the set, and jostling in transit loosened it altogether. It’s not broken, just loose."

"Otherwise the stone is in great shape, no chipped corners or anything. Going by the design of the holder, and the colour of the pen, I’d guess it’s 1934-35 or thereabouts."

"It’s hard to be certain, as the pen has ambered quite a bit, but I think it’s the Marine Green marbled celluloid, used from 1930 to 1935. It might be the cream and black version, but I think it’s green, just darkened a lot over time. The sac is good, whether original or a replacement, and the nib is lovely, either a generous Fine or possibly Medium-Fine. Smooth and a joy to write with!"

A day or two after he sent in the photos and write-up above, Stuart sent me this:

He writes: "A quick shot of the new desk-pen catching the light coming in through the window blinds!  I believe more than ever that it’s the Marine Green.  A beautiful effect."

It is a beautiful effect! Many thanks to Stuart for sharing this lovely desk set with us :)

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