Perry 81

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Perry 81
Manufacturer Perry & Co.
Nib No. 81
Descr. Flexible Pen
Tip EF
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 PERRY & Cº
Mark 2 Nº 81 EX FINE
Mark 3 LONDON
Perry 81 - top view, with ruler

The Perry #81 Flexible Pen is a bank nib with an unusual spoon-shaped vent hole.

Although the nib itself shows no imprint to identify it as the Flexible Pen, an original box for the Perry #81 (see eBay and Pinterest), clearly identifies the nib's Flexible Pen name.

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 The Perry brand is no longer active.

Versions

There are no additional versions of the Perry #81 Flexible Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (brass-finish).

Photos

Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 1900 x 600. The image with the ruler is 2500 x 1300.

Perry 81 - top view
Perry 81 - side view, upper
Perry 81 - side view, lower

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