Spencerian 9

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Spencerian 9
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 9
Descr. Bank Pen
Tip F
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 lateral L Nº 9
Mark 2 SPENCERIAN
Mark 3 PEN Cº N-Y
Mark 4 BANK PEN
Spencerian 9 - top view, with ruler

A Spencerian sample card includes the #9 Bank Pen among 26 samples. It is included in the section of the card for Fine Pointed nibs.

AAAndrew's Steel Pen blog describes the Bank Pen nib as "a long, straight pen with longer tines than normal, but not as long as a Beaked pen. Though the Bank pen is sometimes classified as a Beaked pen, I think there’s enough of a difference between the very common “Bank” pen shape and the longer tines of the rest of the beaked pens that I call out the Bank as a separate shape."

The asterisk-shaped vent hole is unusual for bank pens. Most bank pens have a vent hole in the shape of a torch. (AAAndrew)

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 #9 Bank Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection, as pictured below (tar-finish).

Photos

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

Spencerian 9 - top view
Spencerian 9 - side view, upper
Spencerian 9 - side view, lower

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