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Turner & Harrison #159 Silver-Plated Pen (Vintage)
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Made in Philadelphia around 1930, this vintage dip pen combines an easy-to-use rounded tip with a fine, precise shape. Considerably smaller than other writing pens of its day, the #159 puts your hand closer to the paper and allows more control. Silver-plated and quite smooth, it's an excellent pen for flowing, fine script and for detailed drawing with all kinds of ink.
The silver plating process used for these pens involved several different metals—the base steel pen was first plated with copper and then plated "with a heavy coating of Silver Alloy," as the 1917 Turner & Harrison catalog puts it. The result is an unusually shiny and smooth pen, with a superior feel and longer life than similar pens in steel.
The #159 pens in our stock were made approximately 90 years ago. Like all of our vintage nibs, it is in new condition, individually inspected and packaged here in our St. Louis offices.
As with any dip pen, you will need to remove the protective coating so that ink will stick to the nib consistently. To remove the coating, simply dip your new pen in ink a couple of times and wipe it off. Repeat until the ink coats the nib completely and doesn't bead up. This process takes about 15 seconds and only needs to be done once, before you use the pen for the first time.
Sold individually. Made in the United States.