|Manufacturer||Perry & Co. for |
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
|Mark 1 lateral L||Nº 3|
|Mark 3||PEN Cº N-Y|
A Spencerian sample card includes the #3 Commercial Pen among 26 samples. It is included in the section of the card for Medium Pointed nibs.
Brandon McKinney's Etsy listing for a Spencerian #3 explains that the "#3 Commercial is a fine pointed and flexible pen that is the same size as the #2 Counting House. ... The #3 appears to have a wider point, perhaps making it a medium point, but I am able to make a razor thin line with ease. It is perfectly flexible like the #2 as well. Perhaps the only drawback is its size. It is not unlike Esterbrook’s #130 Easy Writer. It is possible the pen was used as a transitional pen from basic writing to college level writing. You can see that the pen has a double-grind, which was applied by hand for the purpose of flexibility and beauty. The steel ... was tempered to heat extremes of 730 Fahrenheit making it extremely durable, long lasting, and resistant against corrosion."
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.
There are no additional versions of the Spencerian #3 Commercial Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (tar-finish).
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