Spencerian 41

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Spencerian 41
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 41
Descr. Panama
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 body lateral L FALCON Nº 41
Mark 5 lateral L ENGLAND
Spencerian 41 - top view, with ruler

This well-known nib is easily identified by its signature ax-shaped vent hole. On The Flourish Forum AAAndrew notes that "Every once in a while Spencerian went with quirky-shaped holes. The Spencerian 41 Panama Pen has one shaped like an ax. It took me a few seconds to realize [that the vent hole for the #27 Standard] was shaped like the profile of a wood screw."

The American Stationer (2/8/1913) included an advertisement for "Silverine non-corrosive steel pens from The Spencerian Pen Company." (Google Books) Included in the advertisement is the #41 Panama Pen. It shows the finish as "silvered," and shows the pen's signature ax vent hole.

Nib-seller Calligraphic Arts says that the #41 Panama Pen is "very rare and difficult to find. It is medium stiff and moderately sharp. Great for lettering and artwork."

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 #41 Panama Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (silverine-finish).


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

Spencerian 41 - top view
Spencerian 41 - side view, upper
Spencerian 41 - side view, lower

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