Spencerian 40

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Spencerian 40
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 40
Descr. Forty Falcon
Tip M
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 body lateral L FALCON Nº 40
Mark 2 SPENCERIAN PEN Cº N-Y
Mark 3 SPENCERIAN FORTY
Mark 4 MADE IN ENGLAND
Spencerian 40 - top view, with ruler

Described in contemporary advertising, a Spencerian sample card (see Smithsonian Libraries Exhibit on trade literature) included a sample of the #40 Forty Falcon Pen among 11 samples--listing it as a "Medium line point, flexible action. A perfect business pen." Another Spencerian sample card included the #40 Forty Falcon 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 no additional versions of the Spencerian #40 Forty Falcon Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (gray-finish).

Photos

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

Spencerian 40 - top view
Spencerian 40 - side view, upper
Spencerian 40 - side view, lower

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