Fountain Pen Patents vol. 2

  [Listed on Ebay Apr 17, 2007, and on L&P Sept 22, 2007.]

    , for collectors of pens, pencils, ink bottles, etc.


“Hurray, the book is done!” –Ron Lee

“Looks like a great book!” –Donald Haupt

“This is really impressive, a stellar work.” –Len Provisor

“Your project seems most worthwhile.” –Stephen Overbury

“how’d you get so good with the patents thing?  good stuff.” –david isaacson

“Very interesting.  I can’t wait for volume one and the early stuff.” –Michael Fultz

“I am sure it will prove to be a valuable addition to our literature.” –Fred Gorstein

“Looks very interesting.  Must have taken you years to complete.” –Terry Mawhorter

“[There’s] just one minor flaw: the name should be Pencil Patents 2.” –Joe Nemecek

“Thank you very much for your outstanding work in this magnificent book.” –Marta Michnej

“Good job. Very helpful to have the numbers that reference the Patent office site.” –Masa Sunami

“The patent work you have done is incredible.  I cannot thank you enough for your work on pen patents.  You da man!” –Fernando Padilla

“the book looks to be a useful manifestation of the obsession that characterizes our hobby.  more books [is] always a good thing.” –david isaacson

“I’ve already learned a few things from the short time I’ve spent with it!  You should be very proud of your accomplishment.” –Jonathan Veley

“I feel committed to support any person that contributes to the pen collectors community.  I buy EVERY book about pens, and your book has an important place in my library.” –Tsachi Mitsenmacher

“If you are seriously interested in pen history, there is not another book like it on the market.  The pen community owes a huge debt of gratitude to George for his diligent and conscientious efforts.” –David Shepherd

“I’ve long said that the two best resources for pen history are ads and patents, and you’ve now created the straightforward tool for pursuing the latter–really fantastic!  I enjoyed your Introduction very much–so well written and interesting.” –Tim Barker

“Quantity is good when I go to a buffet, but to some degree you expect quality and depth as well.  Quality is what I expect in my pen patent research.  I want one-stop shopping for my patents, the ability to see similar filling mechanisms, or even have the ability to look up who, was doing what, for who, in the industry.” –Starry Night

“Your book arrived in superb shape–‘pristine’ is the right word!  I can see that I have lots of digging to do to tap into the treasure trove of information.  Also, your choice of illustrations made me smile, especially the proto-pocket-protector.  Thanks for everything.  Look forward to seeing the other volume when it becomes ready for prime time!” –Jack Leone

Fountain Pen Patents, vol. 2

        In order to facilitate my pen research, and to help other pen researchers and historians do their work, I published a book on Fountain Pen Patents 1911 to the 50s, An Index Of The Later Pensmiths, ISBN 0978113403.  It is the second installment of a 3-volume work, an annotated, chronological list of US patents, designs, and trademarks for fountain pens, nibs, penmaking machinery, penholders, mechanical pencils, wooden pencils, inks, ink bottles, inkwells, inkstands, erasers, blotters, pencil sharpeners, and other writing instruments and implements.  It consists of three chapters, “Patents”, “Designs”, and “Trademarks”, including those for pens made by Aikin-Lambert, Carey, Carter, Chilton, Crocker, Holland, Kraker, Mabie Todd & Bard, Montblanc, Namiki, Parker, Pelikan, Pilot, Sheaffer, Swan, Wahl-Eversharp, A.A. Waterman, L.E. Waterman, Wearever, Wirt, etc.  There is an extensive “Bibliography”, and an “Index” section to help locate penmakers, companies, and pen mechanisms.  There is a frontispiece illustration of a bandless Parker Duofold facing the title page, and images are placed at the beginning of every chapter and section.  The book measures 11½" x 8¾", is 320 pages long, and weighs 3 lbs.  It is printed on opaque, acid-free, archival 80 lb. paper with 12-pt Garamond type, which is very reader-friendly for tired, old eyes.  It is bound in saddle-stitched, or Smythe-sewn signatures between hardback covers for maximum archival longevity.  The pages lay flat for easy consultation and reading when the book is opened up and laid down on a desk.  The book is a limited edition, and every copy is inscribed with an edition number in scarlet-orange ink on the Colophon page at the back of the book.  The books are assigned their numbers in the order of sale.  I had specially-designed, custom-fitted cardboard boxes made for shipping, so the books won’t get damaged.
        Anyone who purchases a copy of Vol. 2 will be placed on a mailing list for the announcement of the publication of the forthcoming Vol. 1, coming soon, and Vol. 3, the list of Penmakers.  Also, those who buy both volumes of patents will be first in line to purchase a CD with approximately 1,375 PDFs of the trademarks.
        Here’s a photo of the
frontispiece and title page.  That’s me holding the book.

        Here are two examples of the page layout.  They show the top half of the first page of the patents chapter and the index, and they give you an idea of what the pages look like on paper.

        And here’s a picture of the spine and the binding.

        While I was preparing the book, I collected groups of favorite patents, designs, trademarks, and goofy images.  I wrote some articles about these patents, designs, and trademarks, and I posted them on various pen message boards in two series I titled “Some Of My Favorite Pen Patents” and “Some Of My Favorite Pen Trademarks”.  So if you want to see a few examples of the type of research that this book makes possible, take a look at these 43 links on patents, and these 43 links on trademarks, and all the other articles on my blog and my metablog.  And here’s a review of Volume 2 from the WES Journal.
        I am selling the book for $125.00 USD plus shipping.  Payment will be by bank money order, or cashier's check.  I also accept
cash.  I will mail the book out promptly after your payment is deposited in my bank account.  The Airmail shipping and handling charge varies according to where you live, and it includes online tracking and $200.00 worth of insurance.  Airmail is around $10-15.00 within Canada, $15-25.00 to continental USA, and International shipping is about $20-50.00, depending upon the distance.  Airmail within Canada and to the US takes about 4-7 business days, and International Airmail usually takes about 10 business days, more or less.  Xpresspost shipping is faster, but it costs around $15-25.00 within Canada, and $20-35.00 to continental USA.  There is also cheaper Surface Mail for international shipments, $22.50 to everywhere else in the world, but it takes a slow 6-8 weeks.

George Kovalenko.

The Writing Hand Press
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

“Tis pleasant, sure, to see one’s name in print”. –Byron.