Fountain Pen

Fountain Pen

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Walter A. Sheaffer, a jeweler in Fort Madison, Iowa, developed a lever-filling fountain pen, and incorporated the W. A. Sheaffer Pen Co. in 1913. The orange plastic body of this example is probably Radite, a plastic material introduced in the mid-1920s.
Ref: Walter A. Sheaffer, “Fountain Pen,” U.S. Patent 1,114,052 (Oct. 20. 1914).
Ad for Schaeffer pens with Radite bodies, in [Washington] Evening Star (Dec. 13, 1926), p. 10.
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Object Name
Fountain Pen
W. A. Sheaffer Pen Company
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 9.6 cm x 1.2 cm; 3 3/4 in x 1/2 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 3/8 in; 9.525 cm x.9525 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Celanese Plastics Company
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National Museum of American History
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