Spencerian 38 gray

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Spencerian 38 gray
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 38
Descr. Signature
Tip M
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 lateral L Nº 38
Mark 2 SPENCERIAN
Mark 3 PEN Cº N-Y
Mark 4 SIGNATURE
Mark 5 MADE IN ENGLAND
Spencerian 38 gray - top view, with ruler

Described in contemporary advertising (Zanarian) as: "Spencerian Steel Pens. No. 38 (Signature Pen). Medium point. Stiff and smooth. For rapid writing." A Spencerian sample card includes the #38 Signature Pen among 26 samples. It is included in the section of the card for Medium Pointed nibs.

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 two distinct versions of the Spencerian #38 Signature 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 the Gray version.

Photos

Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 2200 x 640. The image with the ruler is 2300 x 1196.

Spencerian 38 gray - top view
Spencerian 38 gray - side view, upper
Spencerian 38 gray - side view, lower

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