Maker: Art Brown (but not really)
This is a rather later example of the safety pen. I say this not because of any known date on it, but because of the efforts to emulate other pens of a known era. The clip looks very like a 1940’s Waterman, while the conical jewels at either end are very like what high-end Parker Vacumatics were wearing in the late ’30s and early ’40s. I will admit to a bit of confusion about the exact dating– if the clip is in fact meant to look like a Waterman, it almost has to be 1940s, but as it’s made in Japan and being retailed by an American store, it also certainly can’t be from any point between 1942 and 1945. I have seen pictures of this pen with the clip marked “BOSEN”, but that hasn’t produced any real leads. Assuming I’m anywhere near the correct date, this is a very late manifestation of a mechanism that most companies had abandoned by 1930.
There are no hints on the box as to precise date. Since Art Brown is still a going concern, I suppose I could write them and see if they still have records, but it’s more fun and less effort to speculate (update; well, that stopped being true in 2013). Also a point of speculation is why the box calls this pen, which even by 1935 was desperately outdated technology, an “Artists’ Pen”– my currently competing theories are: it was cheap enough for an artist to afford (the $4.95 on the box is in ball-point, and obviously not contemporary with the pen); artists have an awareness of their tools and won’t hold it the wrong way up during the dangerous transitional moments; nobody thinks twice about an artist who’s covered in ink.
Production Run: Updates as they occur– somewhere between 1930 and 1950.
Size: 12.0 cm long capped, 14.8 cm posted, 11.7 cm uncapped and deployed (9.9 cm with the point run in).
Point: It’s stamped “Highgrade Superior Ideal Pen”, so it must be good, but I rather think it’s plated steel.
Filler: Eyedropper, capacity approx. 1.5 ml.
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