Esterbrook 14 v1
|Esterbrook 14 v1|
|Descr.||Bank Pen, Version 1|
|Mark 1 lateral L||14|
|Mark 2||R.ESTERBROOK & Co|
|Mark 3||BANK PEN|
Esterbrook Pens and What They Will Do describes this as "second only in popularity to our Falcon pen 048. A good firm pen for book use and general correspondence."
The Esterbrook Project describes this nib as a straight bodied, sharp-pointed pen with a torch vent hole. Available in bronze, gold plate and tar coated. ... Introduced about 1863. The #914 Radio pen is believed to be a reincarnation of this pen. (The Project also distinguishes the #14 Bank Pen from the completely-different #14 Drawlet Pen.)
Described in contemporary advertising (Zanarian) as: "No. 14 (Bank Pen). A business pen of medium point and very popular for general use."
1919 Esterbrook advertising says that the #14 Bank Pen "Makes a fine clear stroke that does not require blotting - carries enough ink safely. Bookkeepers and record clerks can always rely upon No. 14 Esterbrook Bank Pen to give perfect satisfaction. It is flexible and easy. Smooth and rust resisting. Works evenly and uniformly a long time."
The 1883 Esterbrook Catalog says, "This pen possesses the property of firmness while its long nibs and large pierce hole make it moderately elastic. Its general acceptance by the writing public has placed it only second in popularity to the Falcon." Finishes include Bronze, Gold Plated, Nickel Plated and Tar Coated.
There are two distinct versions of the Esterbrook #14 Bank Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection:
(These version names are defined for this collection alone, and are not necessarily industry-wide terms.)
The nib pictured below is Version 1.
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