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sábado, 22 de dezembro de 2012

Another mysterious eyedropper pen

Until now I only saw the called Patch  or  Puritan pattern on the Waterman's brand. Sometime ago I bought a similar pen but without any imprint but with an easy visible high quality . Trying to find the pen maker I could't achieve any conclusion . Comparing with my LE Waterman's what were the main diferences wich I found? 

1 - the barrel's end is in black hard rubber with an engraved number: 0502 in the Waterman's pen and in metal without any imprint on the other pen. See photo

2 - looking to both pens when they are closed we can observe a bhr ring between cap and barrel on the Waterman's pen and on the other one we have metal against metal. This is due to diferences on the sections: the proximal area on the Waterman's section has a protuding ring wich is visible when we close the pen; the section of the other pen has in its proximal area a kind of ramp to slide the cap when we close the pen and wich allows the metal cap and the metal barrel to stay in perfect conjunct . See photo

3 - the feeder on the Waterman's pen is the classic " spoon feeder" and on the other pen is very similar to an AA Waterman feeder . See photo

4 - to avoid any temptation to say that this pen could be an Aikin Lambert I invite you to compare the cap tops and check that they are completely diferent. See photo

5 - Finally the last attempt I did to find the maker : Carey ! The problem was that almost all Carey pens are marked . See photo

So the mistery remains ; due to its high quality is it possible that this is a special order to AA Waterman ( have again a look to the feeder ) . All the possibilities should be overlooked and all the sugestions about this pen are welcome. 

sábado, 15 de dezembro de 2012

A BRIGGS pen ?

Sometime ago I bought this pen as a no name pen. The pen is a vest pocket size eyedropper in red hard rubber and alternated MOP and Abalone. The quality of the pen is outstanding like a Parker, a Carey an A.A. Waterman or another important brand from the beginning of the last century. The pen is fitted with an A.A. Waterman nib , has two gold filled worked barrel bands and a smooth gold filled cap band wich I suppose was a late addiction for any reason because the gold filled color is completely different from the other two bands. Anyway this cap band was not to repair or an attempt to hide a cap lip crack because I saw very well the inside of the cap and there are not any sign of a crack!
I did a research on the web and in my books and only on the Fischler and Schneider second book ( page #20 ) I found a similar pen with a BRIGGS nib but in black hard rubber!
Now the questions are:

1 - what were these pens ? A real pen maker brand or someone who bought parts from another company and made them under this name ? Or it was a pen made for instance by A.A. Waterman ( as I said before the quality is outstanding ) as a special customer order ?
As a matter of fact the nib of my pen , the A.A. Waterman nib doesn't look as a replacement nib but as the original one !

2 - Is there any other pen collector who have in his or her pen collection a similar pen or saw any article about this "brand" ?

And now the pics:

The pen

Next two pics: the nib and the feeder 

Next pics: the photos on the Fischler and Schneider second book 

Compare the shape of the barrel's end 

Compare the shape of the sections 


Here are some things about the Briggs pen that you can use in 

your blog.

"About the only information on the pen company is to be found 

in the Fischler and Schneider brown book, the second book. 

Perhaps Briggs was an assembler of pens from parts made by 

others, but he may also have been a gold nib maker who made 

his own nibs, and had just the fountain pen parts made for him. I 

think it's safe to call the pen a Briggs pen, pending more 

information on the maker. It could have been made by someone 

else who was using whatever nibs he could get. It's probably not 

a real penmaker brand by A. A. Waterman, or Carey, because 

they would have put their own company name on the pen.

"The one really telling detail on the pen is the threads. First of all, 

they are on the section, not the barrel, and more importantly, 

they are raised threads, not flush with the section. The pen is a 

crossover pen, a marriage of the earlier style of straight-cap 

eyedropper pen with a large step between the section and the 

barrel, and the newer style of pens with threaded caps. Threaded 

caps didn't appear on pens until the early safety eyedropper 

pens in the mid-1890s, and the first ordinary eyedropper pens 

with threaded caps that screwed onto the barrels, and thus were 

said to have safety caps, started around 1905. All these early 

"Safety" pens, no matter what type, had raised threads. Since 

this pen has raised threads, I would say it's from the latter part of 

this era, sometime around 1905-15. Perhaps it tends toward the 

beginning of this period, sometime around the early to mid-

1900s, because it still looks like an old-fashioned, straight-cap 

eyedropper pen."


George Kovalenko

Another BRIGGS pen........

One night when I was leaving to have dinner , during the 2013 LA Pen Show David Nishimura approach from me in the Marriot hotel lobby  and asked me if I was interested in this pen. As you can see it is a similar BRIGGS pen but in the BHR version and with a cracked cap. The cap is imprinted and also the nib. Despite the craked cap I told him that I was interested on the pen and we close the deal.Here is the pen.