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Object ID 002940

Object Name Esterbrook Steel Pen Samples

Object Desc Display of samples of pens made by the Esterbrook Steel Pen Mfg. Co. Fold-out case with snap closure, three rows of pens tied to display with red and white thread.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003426

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Business/Office


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Grundy's Book exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range 1930

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Esterbrook Steel Pen Co.,pen nibs,ink pens,writing instruments,

Title Esterbrook Steel Pen Samples

Description Grey fold-out case with snap closure, contains three rows of pen nib samples that were manufactured by the Esterbrook Steel Pen Mfg. Co. A paper labels each different pen type, and the nibs are tied on with thread. A piece of red velvet is glued opposite the nibs so that when folded it covers the nibs. Contains 41 nibs (4 missing)


Approx Collection Date

Height 1

Length 8

Width 3.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Measured when folded

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Esterbrook Steel Pen Mfg. Co.

Maker Details Richard Esterbrook was a Cornish Quaker from England who saw an opportunity in the United States to manufacture Steel Pens. In 1856 R.Esterbrook traveled to the US to set up shop as 'The Steel Pen Manufacturing Company' where Richard made these steel pens by hand using special tools and machines (mostly that Richard had to invent). In 1858 he was able to establish himself as the sole pen manufacturer in the USA and he changed the company name to 'The Esterbrook Steel Pen Mfg. Co.' The company settled down in Camden, New Jersey. Quality was a key factor in his success. His steel pens were versatile, long lasting, and came in many different styles to fit the varied writing styles of the public. In 1930 the company reformed as 'The Esterbrook Hazel Pens Ltd.'

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3426



Date FEB 4,2015

Summary Fair

Assessor Kayla Sutherland

Notes Some mildew stains on case, nibs are heavily eroded, some are rusted. 4 are missing. Velvet is stained and damaged from where it was against the eroding metal, flecks of metal are stuck to it.