Saturday is Husband’s birthday, and last week his younger brother sent a wonderful but puzzling gift. Husband has always liked fountain pens. Enclosed in the package was a narrow box which contained some writing apparatuses that had belonged to their paternal grandfather. In the box from a Wheeling, West Virginia jewelry store were a dip pen and a bone pencil and their accoutrements.
We have determined that there is no ink reservoir on the pen. It was manufactured by the Edward Todd company, and has the number 11 on the nib. The pen is probably gold, either 14 or 18 carat. There is a weird black plunger that appears to serve to hold what we think are steel calligraphy nibs in place. There is also an odd little gold topper that doesn’t fit into anywhere on the pen.
The pencil came with tiny round metal canisters containing really thick leads that seem to fit into the larger end of the pencil.
We have done some online research regarding these writing instruments, but without much luck. Do Baboons have any ideas? We don’t know if Husband is going to actually use the pen, but it is a nice piece of family history to have. I have no idea if you can you still purchase bottles of ink.
What are your favorite writing instruments? What were your experiences learning to write? What is your handwriting like now?