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    Okay, it's just a dip pen, but I didn't think MOP holders with gold nibs were yet available in 1832. I must dig into some of Marshall's books on early writing instruments to find out.

    Here is Anne Lister's tenant signing the marriage register in the church vestry in the last minutes of Season 1, Episode 8 of Gentleman Jack. (These streaming services block screen shots, so I use my smartphone camera to photograph the screen!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Okay, it's just a dip pen, but I didn't think MOP holders with gold nibs were yet available in 1832. I must dig into some of Marshall's books on early writing instruments to find out.
    Curious to see what you find out.

    Per Wikipedia, steel pens would have been available from Joseph Gillot's or Sir Josiah Mason (both est 1827).

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    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    Curious to see what you find out....
    Jim Marshall writes in Collectible Dip Pens, (2003) p. 9, that the earliest gold nib pen he is aware of was "a very rare and early Hawkins nib from about 1840," and there is a photo illustration though no reference to the source of the date. In Collecting Old Writing Equipment, (2014) p. 51, Marshall writes "By the end of the [18th] century, precious metal nibs were being made in England by makers Taylor, Willmore, Pemberton and Jago" with reference to a photo of a silver nib by Willmore. On p. 52, he writes about the problem of gold wearing too quickly until 1836 when practical tipped nibs with rhodium, rubies or "iridium" were available. So, I'd say the 1832 ecclesiastical gold nib passes muster, though it might not have lasted very long! I wonder if those MOP (faux?) holders were available then.

    If anyone is weary of looking at the tens of thousands of reservoir fountain pens at pen shows, online or your own desk, I recommend Jim Marshall's 292-page book Collecting Old Writing Equipment, which covers far more than just fountain pens. It's a quick history lesson, too, from cuneiform tablets to quill-cutting machines, and replete with many color illustrations.

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    Das Boot (The Boat) is a 1981 German film depicting the claustrophobic conditions aboard a WWII submarine. During the movie a young sailor uses a FP to write letters to his pregnant French girlfriend, not knowing if she will ever receive them.

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    Great film about the horrors of war which I recommend highly (the film not the horrors ).
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    In the 1977 biopic "MacArthur", Gregory Peck plays the famous five star general. During the formal surrender scene, the representative of Japan signs with an Esterbrook pen that is handed to him:

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    When Peck signs the document he uses a red pen that is not the Parker Big Red MacArthur really used:

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    Hard to tell from grainy archive footage if this is a Sheaffer with an inlaid nib and a white dot on the clip or just a trick of the light. Either way, the pen in question was used by Stanley Kubrick in a script meeting during the filming of Full Metal Jacket, part of the documentary Filmworker about Kubrick's assistant Leon Vitali (seen standing on the left).

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    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    Hard to tell from grainy archive footage if this is a Sheaffer with an inlaid nib and a white dot on the clip or just a trick of the light. Either way, the pen in question was used by Stanley Kubrick in a script meeting during the filming of Full Metal Jacket, part of the documentary Filmworker about Kubrick's assistant Leon Vitali (seen standing on the left).

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    Sure looks like a Sheaffer. Pen for Men maybe?

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    It looks like a Sheaffer Imperial II Deluxe or a Scripsert. That looks like a short conical nib. + metal cap.

    or it could be a ballpoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stub View Post
    It looks like a Sheaffer Imperial II Deluxe or a Scripsert. That looks like a short conical nib. + metal cap.

    or it could be a ballpoint.
    More than likely a ballpoint, though the business end looks off-axis in a way that suggests a nib, as does the angle of address to the page.

    Another view:

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    The end credits of Missing Link feature several fountain pens and dip pens. The movie is set in the late 1880s.

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    There are a few scenes in Plein Soleil (Purple Noon) [1960] where Alain Delon uses an MB 146 or 144. You see him writing cards and letters in one of the opening scenes, then later as he practices forgery and again later on when he puts his talents to practical use. Since this movie is about identity theft and forgery, the camera gives the pen more attention than usual.

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    The end credits of Missing Link feature several fountain pens and dip pens....
    Somehow, I think I'd have trouble writing neatly with a fountain pen while wearing gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
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    The end credits of Missing Link feature several fountain pens and dip pens....
    Somehow, I think I'd have trouble writing neatly with a fountain pen while wearing gloves.
    Speaking of writing with gloves ...

    In 8 Days: to the Moon and Back, Michael Collins finds Buzz Aldrin's stray Duro marker pen, initially mistaking it for a Fisher space pen.

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    Aldrin later uses the same marker pen to reset a circuit breaker in the lunar module.

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    Behold the "Montblanc blaster", a classic secret weapon used by old spies who worked for England's MI7. Well, at least if we are to believe the 2018 film "Johnny English Strikes Again". Once you pull off (gasp!) the cap, this MB149 detonates in 20 seconds as a stun grenade.

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    ... Once you pull off (gasp!) the cap, this MB149 detonates in 20 seconds as a stun grenade.
    I wonder if Montblanc offers a 19-second warranty.

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    I watched “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” last night. In 1946 the heroine can be seen using a red marbled Conway Stewart (?a CS12). There are several other FPS in use in the film but none were clear enough to ID.

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    My wife and I were binge watching Agatha Christie's Poirot. The famous detective was using a fountain pen in a couple of the episodes as one might expect from someone living in the 1920's.

    The pen looked generally like a Montblanc 146. Cigar shaped. Gold trim. That is, anachronistic.

    I picture him favoring something along the lines of a hard rubber Mabie Todd Swan or Waterman with gold overlay.
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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) trims a quill in All Is True.

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    Another quill and more about that penknife (no spoilers) later on.

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    Default Re: Fountain Pens in Movies and TV

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) trims a quill in All Is True.

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    Another quill and more about that penknife (no spoilers) later on
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    Is that “penknife” a straight razor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Note View Post
    Is that “penknife” a straight razor?
    Similar, but no.

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