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Maker: Esterbrook.

The popular name for this pattern of desk base is “Eight Ball”, although the Esterbrook catalogue refers to it only by code number: DB 112 in the case of black versions, DB 113 for a chained version, and DB 116 for coloured ones (“DB” rather cleverly standing for “Desk Base”).  These bases came with a Model W pen.

Production Run: c.1941 – c. 1970.

Cost When New: Depending of colour $3.00 to $4.00 in the 1952 catalogue (for modern value, try this calculator).

Size: 8.9 cm across the base.

Body: Ceramic.

The DB112 holder with its Model W pen in place

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