The English Fountain Pen Industry

1875-1975

 

Introduction

 

Overview

 

Potted Histories:

Altura

Burge Warren & Ridgley

Burnham

Conway Stewart

Corona

De La Rue

Dickinson's

Eversharp

L&C Hardmuth

Hartley Reece

Hazell Watson & Viney (and Esterbrook Pen)

Jewel

Johnson Matthey

London Pen Co

Mabie Todd

Macniven & Cameron

William L Marrian

Mentmore

Namiki

Nibs (1929) Ltd

Ormiston & Glass

Parker

Sheaffer

Stephens

Summit (Lang, Curzons and Other Predecessor Companies)

WH Tant & Co

Unique

Valentine

Waterman's

Whytwarth

Wyvern

 

Pen Pioneers:

Arthur C Andrews

Ladislao Jose Biro

Cecil Bristow

John T Calton & William TK Calton

Duncan Cameron

W Harold Carey

Sir Evelyn de la Rue, Bt

Henry Dixon

J Funnell Christian

Frederick C Guildford

Francis C Jarvis & T Howard Garner

Richard W Jeffreys

William Johnson

James P Maginnis

Charles W Robinson

Lawrence G Sloan

George Sweetser

G Stewart Vivian

The Wades & the Livseys of Liverpool's Lang Pen Co Ltd

William B Warren

Albert K Watts

Alexander R Zoccola

 

Pen Classics:

Conway Stewart Dinkie

Conway Stewart Duro with Locking-Lever

Conway Stewart Duro Button-Filler (20-50 Series)

Conway Stewart 58 Series

De La Rue (Hearson's) Anti-Stylograph

De La Rue Onoto ('Mk I')

De La Rue Onoto Magna

De La Rue Onoto 6233/4/5/6 Series

De La Rue Pelican

Ford's Patent Pen

Kearney's Red Dwarf

Mabie Todd Golden Swan

Mabie Todd Swan Leverless (Tyes 1 & 2)

Mabie Todd Swan Leverless 'Lizards'

Mabie Todd Swan Leverless 'Torpedoes'

Mabie Todd Swan Visofil ('V' & 'VT' Series)

Parker Duofold

 

Pen Scandals:

Frauds, Fakes, Swindles and Scams

The Parker 'Pyramid-Selling' Scheme

The Winding-Up of Maypen Ltd

The Wilson and Hansen Stylographic Pen Patents

 

Pen Mysteries:

WJ May & Co, the Pento Capless, Osmond B Wade and Others

A Tale of Two (or Three?) 'Roller-Blotter' Fountain Pens

Albert Spain, Ringlestone Farm and the Valentine Securite Pen

Henry Stark, Son & Hamilton, British Carbon Papers Ltd and the National Security Pen

 

Pen Secret:

A British Intelligence Report on the German Fountain Pen Industry in 1946

 

Pen Curiosities:

The Everyman Pen

Kagan's Tip-Toe Stylo

The Pencilla Pen-Pencil Combination

The Silvertown Pen

Wall's Fountain Pen (with Plaited Horse-Hair Feed)

 

Tables:

Summary of Division Two English Manufacturers: 1880-1975

Division 3 i) - Some Smaller English Pen Manufacturers: 1880-1920

Division 3 ii) - Some Smaller English Pen Manufacturers: 1920-1975

Some Lesser-Known Companies which Set Up to Manufacture pens: 1900-1945

Own-Brand Wholesalers, Repairers and Possible Manufacturers/Assemblers of

Fountain Pens in England:1880-1950

American Fountain Pens in England: 1875-1975

European Fountain Pens in England: 1875-1975

Australian, Canadian, Japanese and Other Asian Fountain Pens in England: 1925-1975

The English Ballpen Industry: 1945-1975

 

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