Dietzgen Gem Union Drawing Pen


This 5-3/8" steel, German silver, and ebony drawing pen is marked on the blade: E. D.–Co. UNION. A piece missing from the top of the handle may have been intentionally shaved away instead of accidentally broken.

As part of its Gem Union product line, the Eugene Dietzgen Co. of Chicago sold similar drawing pens, described as 5-1/2" long, in 1904 as model 502 for $1.20 and in 1926 as model 623 for $4.00. Engineer William J. Ellenberger (1908–2008) owned this pen. For his biography, see 1981.0933.25.

References: Catalog of Eugene Dietzgen Co., 7th ed. (Chicago, 1904), 54; Catalog of Eugene Dietzgen Co., 12th ed. (Chicago, 1926), 61.

Date Made: early 20th century

Maker: Eugene Dietzgen Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, Chicago

Subject: Mathematics, Drawing Instruments

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Credit Line: Gift of William J. Ellenberger

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1981.0933.23Accession Number: 1981.0933Catalog Number: 1981.0933.23

Object Name: pen

Physical Description: ebony (overall material)steel (overall material)german silver (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 cm x 13.6 cm x 1 cm; 13/32 in x 5 11/32 in x 13/32 in


Record Id: nmah_904299

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