His Nibs

In February I posted about acquiring an Alpha lettering set from a friend. It had belonged to her late husband. She was happy to dispose of it and I was happy to get it.

My friend contacted me again recently about more of her husband’s things. (It is remarkable how much stuff one man can pack into a study about ten feet by ten feet.) She wanted to be rid of things and asked if I was interested.

The answer was a definite yes.The former owner of these items was a teacher, so at least some of what he had stashed away may have been used for teaching/demonstration purposes. They could have been purchased out of his own funds to supplement the materials normally provided.

I’ll start with the more modern writing implements and work back.

A barely used Sheaffer calligraphy set.

The set contains a manual and a practice pad.

I already have some italic pens, so the addition of this set means that I can have several widths of nib or different colours available at the same time.

A plain cardboard box containing some Speedball products.

Under that there was a technical manual written by a friend of the former owner.

This manual is extremely detailed. Here’s a page showing different arrows one can use in technical drawings.

Under that manual was a complete Speedball display chart.

One of the nibs is a substitute, which might matter to a ‘collector’, but doesn’t bother me in the least. There were also two Speedball steel brushes in another box, still in their original packaging.

Buried in a box of nib holders (enough for a class) were these.

The bottom pen is a mapping quill. The centre pen is about 10 cm/4″ long. The nib at the top has a slightly narrower base than is standard.

Also in with the nib holders, in a plastic pill bottle, was this assortment of writing/drawing nibs. David, who has been learning to do pen and ink drawing, does not want to use any of them, in case he falls in love with them and then can’t get replacements.

I pointed out that there are seven of one style of nib, so he could try that one as there should be enough to last the rest of his life.

There was also an almost full box of College Pens.

David would be completely safe from disappointment using these. There are definitely  more than enough to last a lifetime.

Now the really interesting stuff, at least to me.

A Uno nib and the stencils that go with its size.

These may have been brought from England and used by the former owner at his first job in Canada, drawing building plans for a Regina real estate developer.

Then there is my absolute favourite find. In a little (5 cm/2″) tin box, there was a set of Lettering Pen nibs.

These are unusual in that there is a single reservoir that can be used on any of the nibs.

Since I am of an age where I don’t really need more ‘stuff’ I may offer at least some of what was given to me to the Saskatoon Western Development Museum. It has been nice to examine the nibs in detail and have them for a little while but many of them would just sit in the cupboard until someone else has to figure out what to do with them.

Finally, if you think pocket protectors are not cool, think again. Here is a lovely one designed for a single pencil.

I may just keep this.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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3 Responses to His Nibs

  1. Lestaret says:

    Mmm, pen heaven! I have quite a stash of pens and nibs myself, but non of the packaging – lovely stuff!

    Liked by 1 person

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