Spencerian 6

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Spencerian 6
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 6
Descr. Meteor
Tip Turned Up Point
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 body lateral L Nº 6
Spencerian 6 - top view, with ruler

A Spencerian sample card includes the #6 Meteor Pen among 26 samples. It is included in the section of the card for Dome Pointed nibs. The #6 Meteor Pen is not to be confused with the #6 Flourishing Pen. Both are Spencerian, both are #6, but the Flourishing Pen is a beaked pen with a very flexible nib. These are very different pens.

AAAndrew's Steel Pen blog references a history of Turned Up Point Pens in The American Stationer (2/12/1889): "The first steel pens made in Birmingham about the year 1837, while providing a ready made instrument for penmen, failed to give that ease in writing which was the characteristic of the old quill. [Steel pens] were uniformly fine pointed and naturally more or less scratchy. The remedy for this was not found until a generation later, when ... the happy idea occurred to turn up the points. ... The penman can write longer with less fatigue than with the ordinary styles. The tediousness of writing is almost entirely avoided, and the relief is so complete that it converts a drudgery into a delight."

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 #6 Meteor Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (gray-finish).


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

Spencerian 6 - top view
Spencerian 6 - close up of body marking
Spencerian 6 - side view, upper
Spencerian 6 - side view, lower

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