Esterbrook 239 v2

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Esterbrook 239 v2
Manufacturer Esterbrook
Nib No. 239
Descr. Chancellor Pen, Version 2
Tip Stub
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 lateral L 239
Mark 4 MADE IN U.S.A.
Esterbrook 239 Version 2 - top view, with ruler

Esterbrook Pens and What They Will Do describes this as "a fine-pointed stub pen. Very popular, and well adapted for backhand writing."

Described in contemporary advertising (The 1883 Esterbrook Catalog) as, "#239 – The Chancellor Engrossing – Gray – A medium stub pen, much liked for back hand." Finishes include Gray and Gold. Use of the "Double Chancellor" descriptor was dropped after this catalog came out. The 1938 Esterbrook Catalog says, "Chancellor - Firm, small stub. The perfect pen for backhand writing. Gray finish. Gold plated"

AAAndrew's Steel Pen blog says that the #239 Chancellor nib "is a smaller sized stub that’s a lot of fun to write with. Very smooth and a long-time top seller as well."

The Esterbrook Project describes this nib as "a straight-bodied pen with a short stub nib and a crescent moon vent hole. Little flexibility. Gray finish." The #239 Chancellor is distinguished from a nib with the same number, but a different descriptor--the Esterbrook #239 Engrossing Short Nib.

Brandon McKinney's analysis of the markings and grindings date this version of the #239 Chancellor Pen as 1940-1946.


There are two distinct versions of the Esterbrook #239 Chancellor Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection:

(These version names are defined for this collection alone, and are not necessarily industry-wide terms.)

The nib pictured below is Version 2.


Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 1650 x 480. The image with the ruler is 2300 x 1196.

Esterbrook 239 Version 2 - top view
Esterbrook 239 Version 2 - side view, upper
Esterbrook 239 Version 2 - side view, lower

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