Smaller English Pen Makers 1890-1930

A Comprehensive Guide


A list of the companies featured in the book can now be seen by clicking the Contents link in the sidebar and a few sample pages from the book can be viewed by clicking on the adjacent picture of the cover.


The book includes a brief history of all these companies, with (in most cases) details of the people behind the business (management and workers), with pictures of their pens and the advertising of the time. Also included are short biographies of some of the more important characters behind the development of these smaller companies. Much of this is published here for the first time. A very comprehensive 26-page index is also included.


Because the book concentrates on the smaller, lesser-known manufacturers, familiar names such as Jewel, Mentmore, Unique and Wyvern do not feature. However, the early days of the important Liverpool companies Lang (up to 1915) and Curzons (up to 1910) are included because it would be impossible to understand the development of the industry throughout England without knowing their early histories. Companies founded in the 1930s and later are generally not included, though a companion volume covering the years 1930-1960 may be produced in the future.


Published by English Pen Books, 2024

ISBN: 978-1-8383854-1-5


384 pages, 280x215mm.


High-quality paperback format, printed on silk finish 130gsm paper, including over 400 photographs of pens and stylos (generally at actual size), and a similar number of colour and black and white illustrations




The price of the book is £40


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