Spencerian 46

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Spencerian 46
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 46
Descr. Velvet Point
Markings Exterior
Mark 3 Nº 46
Mark 4 Lateral L ENGLAND
Spencerian 46 - top view, with ruler

The Spencerian #46 Velvet Point Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection has a gray finish, an oval-shaped vent hole, and is represented in a style similar to bank pens. The initial "V" in the VELVET marking is presented in a hollow typeface.

Calligraphic Arts described the #46 Velvet Point as having a medium point, with moderate flexibility. A related Etsy posting roughly dates the production of this nib as pre World War I: "Very early nibs from late 1800s to early 1900 have 'Made in England' stamped on them. Pre WWI have just 'England' and again, after the war there is no England marking."

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 #46 Velvet Point Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (gray-finish).


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

Spencerian 46 - top view
Spencerian 46 - side view, upper
Spencerian 46 - side view, lower

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