Friday, February 18, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 329

Today, we're shining a spotlight on not one but two lovely vintage fountain pen desk sets recently acquired by Stuart!

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

Stuart: "First up, a stunning modernistic Parker 51 Aerometric model from 1948:"

"It has a wonderful base made of cast aluminum with anodized gold finish, combined with the striking Magnetix Magic Wand socket, designed by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, the Hungarian industrial designer.  He may have designed the base as well, but I don’t know for sure.  The pen writes firmly, and has a Fine point.  After nearly 75 years, the set is still a dramatic piece of modern design."


"A note about the Parker set:  I pulled the magnetic socket off of the base and applied it to the main body of the base to check if it might be anodized steel, but it doesn’t stick to the rest of the base.  So only the recessed part the socket rests in is magnetized steel!  It’s beautifully fitted in, with no seams or ridges showing.  Even cooler!

"The second one is a Sheaffer, featuring an apparently rare base, in black plastic with chromed metal decorations in the form of plumes flanking the socket.  The socket bears a matching chrome trim ring, in place of the more common gold variety.  The pen’s an economy-level one with a plain, 14C gold nib, and has Sheaffer’s Touchdown pneumatic filling system, which puts this set from around 1949-1950. The nib is a Medium, and a wet, smooth writer."

"So two great beauties for the collection, I’m thrilled with both of them.  It’s odd the Sheaffer one is so rare, it’s a simple but very striking mix of minimalist colouring and classical elements.  The Parker set just rocks!"


Many thanks to Stuart for sharing these gorgeous vintage desk sets with us!

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