Perry 27

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Perry 27
Manufacturer Perry & Co.
Nib No. 27
Descr. Elastic Pen
Tip EF
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 PERRY & Cº
Mark 2 Nº 27 EX FINE
Perry 27 - top view, with ruler

The Perry #27 Elastic Pen is a pinched-center nib, in which the pinch terminates at the unusual tumbler-shaped vent hole. Robert Hurford, writing for IMAPETH, praises the extra fine point with the long tines that can be used "to render an incredibly thick shade." He also points out that the Perry's #27 Extra Fine Elastic Pen drew at least one significant imitation--produced by Brause and also named the #27EF Elastic Pen.

Although the nib itself shows no imprint to identify it as the Elastic Pen, an original box for the Perry #27 (see Kallipos), clearly identifies the nib's Elastic Pen name.

Contemporary advertising (eBay) described the Perry #27 Elastic Pen as "a very fine, medium flex, and Smooth nib." A Perry sample card (see Hadi Vaezian Pinterest photos) included a sample of the Perry #27 among 20 samples.

AAAndrew's Steel Pen blog says that "James Perry and Josiah Mason were among the the foundational innovators and inventors who took the craft of making pen nibs and turned it into an industry." Perry began by making his own nibs by hand, then partnering with Mason, who would manufacture the Perryan-branded nib for decades. Mason’s factory in Birmingham (London) eventually became the largest pen factory in the world, and in 1876 Mason and Perry's companies would merge, with Wiley & Sons, to create the new Perry & Co. (Grace's Guide) After the decline of dip pens, British Pens acquired the pen businesses of Perry & Co and other nib manufacturers like John Mitchell and Joseph Gillott's (1961). The Perry brand is no longer active.


There are no additional versions of the Perry #27 Elastic Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (gray-finish).


Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 2200 x 640. The image with the ruler is 2500 x 1300.

Perry 27 - top view
Perry 27 - side view, upper
Perry 27 - side view, lower

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