The Austin Pen

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This one’s a little off-topic, I suppose, in that the one thing it isn’t is a fountain pen. It was referred to me by a correspondent; I don’t have the pen. However, his photographs are so good that all aspects of the pen are covered. I can find no mention of the Austin pen online or in my fountain pen and ballpoint reference works.
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It’s a strange mixture of things. It has a glass cartridge which is open at the rear end like a ballpoint refill. It has an open tip like a stylographic pen, but I don’t think that’s what it is. The crimping at the tip may once have held a ball which is now lost.
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It certainly looks like the earliest ballpoint pens, for instance the Miles Martin which was one of the first really practical ballpoints.
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It’s most interesting and I post about it in the hope that one of you might have seen this before or at least something similar.

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I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

4 Responses to The Austin Pen

  1. Andy says:

    Interesting pen! I suspect the Austin involved is Joseph John Austin who was granted a British patent 666795 for a ‘non-capillary’ ballpen. As the inscription only says ‘Pat. applied for’, it presumably dates from 1949/1950, before the application was granted. It may or may not be related to the ‘Half-Crown’ non-capillary ballpen marketed by Bowler Products in the early 1950s (TEFPI, page195).

  2. Dhawan says:

    Hey. I need Some help.
    Help me select a fountain pen for a friend.

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