Spencerian 39 silver

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Spencerian 39 silver
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 39
Descr. Subway Stub
Tip M
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 body lateral L Nº 39
Mark 4 PEN Cº
Mark 5 lateral L ENGLAND
Spencerian 39 silver - top view, with ruler

Described in contemporary advertising (Zanarian) as: "Spencerian Steel Pens. No. 39 (Subway Stub Pen). Medium point. Falcon shape; noted for its free, easy action." A Spencerian sample card (see Smithsonian Libraries Exhibit on trade literature) included a sample of the #39 Subway Stub Pen among 11 samples--listing it similarly, "Medium Stub. Easy action. Falcon shape." Another Spencerian sample card included the #39 Subway Stub Pen among 26 samples. It is included in the section of the card for Stub 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.


There are two distinct versions of the Spencerian #39 Subway Stub 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 Silver version.


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

Spencerian 39 silver - top view
Spencerian 39 silver - side view, upper
Spencerian 39 silver - side view, lower

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