Spencerian 13

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Spencerian 13
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 13
Descr. Engrossing Pen
Tip
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 lateral L Nº 13
Mark 2 SPENCERIAN
Mark 3 ENGROSSING
Mark 4 PEN
Mark 5 lateral L ENGLAND
Spencerian 13 - top view, with ruler

AAAndrew's Steel Pen blog describes the engrossing-style nib: "Italic or engrossing stubs differ from their rapid-writing cousins by the sharpness of their corners. The corner of the tip, affects both the smoothness of the writing, and the crispness of the line. For decorative writing, “engrossing” in the older terminology, you need a sharper corner to make a clean and thin line."

The Blam Nib site says that The Spencerian Steel Pen Co. was formed In 1858 as a subsidiary of the Ivison Phinney Publishing Company, later known as Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman, & Co., and finally in 1869 as Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor, & Co. The New York City-based pen company (Spencerian Steel Pen Co.), was a pen distribution company that purchased its nibs from an English manufacturer, having no factories of its own. The Spencerian pens were made in Birmingham, England, by Sir Josiah Mason for Perry & Co. This explains why many Spencerian nibs have markings for both New York, N.Y. and England.

Versions

There are no additional versions of the Spencerian #13 Engrossing Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (blue-finish).

Photos

Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 1925 x 560. The image with the ruler is 2300 x 1196.

Spencerian 13 - top view
Spencerian 13 - side view, upper
Spencerian 13 - side view, lower

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