Soellner Drawing Pen

This 4-3/4" steel, German silver, and metal drawing pen is marked on the tightening screw: SOELLNER (/) GERMANY. Soellner was a 20th-century German manufacturer of drawing instruments.
William J. Ellenberger (1908–2008), who owned this pen, studied electrical and mechanical engineering at The George Washington University between 1925 and 1934. He then worked for the Potomac Electric Power Company and the National Bureau of Standards. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was a civilian construction management engineer for the army from 1954 to 1968, when he became a private consultant.
Reference: "The GW Engineering Hall of Fame 2006 Inductees,"
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
metal (overall material)
german silver (overall material)
overall: 1 cm x 12 cm x 1 cm; 13/32 in x 4 23/32 in x 13/32 in
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Drawing Instruments
Drafting, Engineering
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Pens and Pencils
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of William J. Ellenberger

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.