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Fountain Pen Patents 1911 to the 50S

The Later Pensmiths

By George Kovalenko

ISBN 0-9781134-0-3

Publisher: The Writing Hand Press

Publishing Year: 2006

1St Edition

1St Print

Language: English

Book Format: Hard Cover

Book Dimensions: 29x22cm

303 Pages



"This volume is the second of a projected 2-volume work, an annotated chronological list of American patents, designs, and trademarks for fountain pens, nibs, penmaking machinery, penholders, mechanical pencils, wooden pencils, inks, ink bottles, inkwells, inkstands, erasers, blotters, pencil sharpeners, and other writing instruments and implements. It consists of three chapters, "Patents", "Designs", and "Trademarks", but there is also an extensive "Bibliography", and an "Index" section to help locate penmakers, companies, and pen mechanisms. There is a frontispiece illustration of a bandless Parker Duofold facing the title page, and images are placed at the beginning of every chapter and section. The book is 320 pages long and weighs 3 lbs. It is printed on opaque, acid-free, archival 80 lb. paper with 12-pt Garamond type, which is very reader-friendly for tired, old eyes. It is bound in Smythe-sewn signatures between hardback covers for maximum archival longevity. The pages lay flat for easy reading and consultation when the book is opened up and laid down on a desk. Every copy is inscribed with an edition number in scarlet ink on the Colophon page at the back of the book. A specially designed and custom-fitted cardboard box was made for shipping, so that the book won’t get damaged. Anyone who purchases a copy of Volume 2 will be placed on a mailing list for the announcement of the publication of the forthcoming Volume 1.
A good pen-patent resource should have quantity, but to some degree you also expect quality and depth. It should not be haphazardly prepared, and should not be just a database of patents, in order, by issue number. Depth and quantity should not be confused. What good is all that data, if you are not able to figure out how they all fit together, and if you are not able to put them into proper relationship? What you can expect in this book is one stop shopping for your patents, and the ability to see similar filling mechanisms, and even the ability to look up who was doing what for whom in the industry. This book accomplishes that with cross-referencing, contextualization, annotation, and indexing.
One of the uses of this book is to extract pen history, but it could also be used as a repair manual to help repair a certain model of pen, or it could be used to find old pen machinery and penmaking techniques. It's not just one book, but three. It's a history book that tells us where pens came from. It's a parts manual that tells us something about how the pens fit together, and shows us their DNA structure. But most importantly, it's a textbook of repair. This book gives us the information about a pen's heredity that should enable us to come up with diagnostics for pen ailments and preventive repair strategies. It's like looking at the Fountain Pen Genome."



Available from the author at: telephone number: (306)244-6096



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