I used to buy small collections of pens, often just for the one or two pens I really wanted. The result was an ever-accumulating pile of vaguely fountain pen-related odds and ends which I scrapped or gave away. I thought it was all gone, then I came upon a small stash the other day.
This was the most interesting thing, a small dip pen about 15cm long but very thin, too thin for any extended use except by the most supple small hands. It isn’t a toy; the shaft is beautifully marbled white celluloid, the ferrule is good gold plate with no brassing and the nib, I am sure, is gold though it doesn’t have a 14k stamp. The nib is Grieshaber, so American.
It’s not the only tiny dip pen I’ve seen. I’ve come across them from time to time. Once upon a time it must have been a thing, to use the modern idiom.
I made a writing sample but it isn’t worth adding here because I have such difficulty with as slender a pen as this. Suffice it to say that it is a Western fine with considerable flexibility.
4 thoughts on “A Slender Dip Pen”
A very pretty memento of long ago, when ladies were expected to be demure and petite. Any chance of a writing sample?
I might give it a try but it’s VERY slender!
Deb. I have a few of these. There was a time a while back when there seemed to be lots of them available on the ‘bay’ for very reasonable prices . I love them, they are like jewels ! I try them from time to time, and I always wonder who they were aimed at too. Almost like they are for children , but…….
Pictures of delicate French demoiselles sitting at spindly escritoires writing romantic whimsy in perfumed diaries …springs to mind. 🤣🙄
I’m sure that’s the explanation. I have another with a steel nib and what looks like an ivory shaft. Probably bone.