|The purpose of the Esterbrook
Project is to generate a complete list of dip pen nibs manufactured by
The Esterbrook Company over the years. Contributions of information to
further this are greatly appreciated.
|Esterbrook # 048 Falcon Pen
A robust, sharp-pointed pen. With convolutions in the waist area to increase the body diameter to greater than the heel diameter. Medium point and medium flex. Narrow oval vent hole with blunted ends.
Examples in bronze, gold-plated, silver, gray finish, amalgam, copper plated, and tar coated.
Esterbrook considered this to be their flagship pen. The leading "zero" is always included in the name of this pen.
An excellent writer, this robust pen has a convoluted body shape designed to increase the amount of ink the pen would hold by increasing the body diameter compared to the heel diameter. If you actually dip the nib far enough into the ink to actually hold all that ink, you would increase the likelihood of the pen leaving a large blob of ink on your writing paper or drawing.
Three descriptions in the 1938 Esterbrook Pen Catalog
The #048 Falcon has a medium point with a medium flex. There is enough flex to give character to writing or drawing.
"Flexible, medium. For general business purposes. Most popular pen in the world."
048 Bronze finish
048-A Gray finish
"Flexible, medium. Most popular pen in the world. Gold plated"
Two descriptions in Esterbrook Pens and What They Will Do
"The most popular and largely used business pen in the world. A universal favorite."
"Bronze, gray, gold-plated, nickel-plated. Turned up point. The most popular pen in use for general business purposes."
Note: I have not seen a "turned-up point" #048.
Description in the Zanerian Catalog
"The manufacturers claim this pen to be the most popular in use for general business purposes."
|Reference: The existence of this pen is confirmed or surmised by the following:
Listed in the Illustrated Price List of the Esterbrook Steel Pen Company, January 1, 1876; archives of Hadley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware; contributed by Andrew Midkiff
Listed in the Trade Price List of the Esterbrook Steel Pen Company (The American Stationer, September 4, 1879) (Contributed by Andrew Midkiff)
Listed in the 1938 Esterbrook Pen Catalog
Listed in Esterbrook Pens and What They Will Do
Listed in the Zanerian Catalog
Listed in the Cameron Amberg & Co Stationery Catalog #85, Chicago, May 1918, p 67 & 68. (Contributed by Andrew Midkiff)
Listed in Announcement to the Trade: Esterbrook Steel Pen Mfg. Co. Standardization of Esterbrook Pens
Listed in the School Supplies, J. L. Hammett Co., Cambridge, Mass., and Newark, N. J., Catalog #21, 1921; archives of Hadley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware; contributed by Andrew MidkiffSeen in Esterbrook Salesman Sample Cases
Seen in Store Counter Display Cards
Listed by Internet Vendor(s)
Listed in Internet Auctions
Listed in Personal Collections found on the Internet
Listed in Chappy's Nibs
Found in Vintage Advertisements 1876, 1882, 1906, 1884, 1885, 1888, 1898, 1901