Books About Pens
Return To Homepage New Titles Subject List About      
Fast Title Search        Advanced Title Search
  
Books About Pens
New Titles

Whal-Eversharp
By Richard F. Binder

Animal Design on Pens
By Regina Martini

The Leadhead's Pencil Blog (3)
By Jonathan A. Veley

50 Years of the Dinkie 1922 to 1972
By Andy Russel

William Mitchell
By unknown

The Leadhead's Pencil Blog (2)
By Jonathan A. Veley

The Pencil Perfect
By Caroline Weaver

American Writing Instrument Trademarks 1870-1953
By Jonathan A. Veley

PARKER IN ITALY
By Letizia Jacopini

The Leadhead's Pencil Blog (1)
By Jonathan A. Veley

Onoto the Pen
By Stephen Hull

Italian Fountain pens
By Paolo E. Demuro

Reading & Writing Accessories
By Ian Spellerberg

John Sheldon
By Brian George

The Richardspens Guide to Fountain Pens
By Richard F. Binder

Les Object d' Ecriture
By Joha Victor et Theo Fraisse

Enjoing Your Parker 51
By Dr. Jim marshal with Jeremy Collingridge

The Richardspens Guide to Fountain Pens
By Richard F. Binder

Collectible Stars I
By Jens Rosler, Stefan Wallrafen

Montblanc Pens Made in Spain
By Jesus Martinez Guillen

The Social Life of Ink
By Ted Bishop

American Writing Instruments Patents 1799-1910
By Jonathan A. Veley

Collecting Old Writing Equipment
By Jim Marshall

Last Updated 02/02/2019 07:19:52
From Subject - Books About Pens

Click To Enlarge


Collecting Dip Pens

A short guide to vintage dip pens and pen pencil combination

By Jim Marshall

ISBN collecting_dip_pens

Publisher: The Pen & Pencil Gallery

Publishing Year: 2003

1St Edition

1St Print

Language: English

Book Format: Soft Cover

Book Dimensions: 14.8x21 cm

47 Pages

 
Description

  




"The dip pen is rarely used today except by artists or calligraphers and yet our generation grew up with dip pens. For almost 100 years it was the first and possibly only pen that our Victorian predecessors used, and while there are many books on fountain pens and a few on pencils and inkwells, only one book ‘La Memoire des Set
Sergent Major has much detail on dip pens and nibs.

Dip pens are a very important category of writing equipment; they have been made by goldsmiths from the desirable Faberge to the most humble apprentice learning his trade; shaft materials have been sculpted, turned, twisted and pierced into works of art; nib holders have been designed by renowned inventors and nibs to suit such pens have been made in their billions.

We have made a number of starts on a beginners guide to dip pens. One joint attempt with Sue Courtier got as far as the scans, but sadly the quality was not wonderful, and by the time we got round to the descriptions we had both sold most of the pens. However, that attempt formed the basis for this short guide and I am indebted to Sue for those early efforts. My intention is to summarize the range of dip pens available and at the same time offer some comment on collecting. I have opted for a small format book in order to keep the cost down but the downside is the size of the illustration. Another practical problem of illustrating dip pens is that they are mostly long and thin and as single items, present a rather boring image. Groups of pens hold the attention and allow comparisons, so most images in this booklet are of a number of pens. The illustrations are all Pen & Pencil Gallery items we have in stock or have sold.

Our focus is on simple dip pen/pencil combinations. We have only referred to nibs as a component of the dip pen and our maim emphasis is on the holder, the shaft and the mechanisms. With display in mind we have included pen racks and trays. For practical purposes we have adopted broad categories such as shaft materials, common characteristics or countries of origin. It is a general guide and we have included few references however we have listed some sources of information for those interested. We have also included some very general price indications.

There was never a better time to buy dip pens and we do hope that this short guide will be of help to potential collectors. Some will be satisfied with a single dip pen to complement a piece of desk furniture, but for writing enthusiasts, a small display of inexpensive dip pens can be the center piece of a collection."



Comments

  


A concise booklet that doesn't "beat around the bush". Highly recommended.

 
 
 



 

All Rights Reserved To Books About Pens © 2004