Monday, July 06, 2009

You dont have to spend too much money to have fun with vintage fountain pens (Part II)

How to have fun with pens at $10 or less (almost :) ), following along the same lines as a previous post of mine...

Some time ago when I asked about women in fountain pen history, George K. was kind to point to M. Isabel Ayer of Boston.
Few days ago, I got this nice pen from ebay for $9.38 :) Yes there was a chip on the barrel but so what ?

A rather thick ( 0.59" ; 15mm) cap diameter ) short (3.7"; 94mm) capped pen marked "The Ayer Pen" (as per trademark 155,136 of May 16, 1922 in use from Dec 1, 1920) with an Ayer BOSTON nib.

Time for repair which in most cases means just resacking :) I was expecting a joint line at the thread but a minor effort did not produce any sounds or gaps so I thought I should play it say. X-ray to the rescue. And lucky I was... as the joint want not next to the threads but rather close to the bottom of the section. Other nice things that the x-ray showed - a typical Wahl pressure bar and lever (patent1,585,805), and the use of a metal wire for securing the sac.

So knowledge is power and as I new where to push, the section gave up easily.

The lever is indeed a Wahl lever.

Lets try the nib. Long tines, sounds like it is going to be fun :)

Fun indeed.

BTW M. Isabel Ayer was more known for her puzzles than her pens.

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