A relatively uncommon pen from the Joseph Lipic Pen Company of St. Louis, Missouri, a matchstick filler. The Lipic pen company was founded in St. Louis in 1863, making dip pens and nibs. It is still in business today making company promotional and employee recognition products. Matchstick fillers did not survive as long. They were an early form of “self filler” pen and made by several companies but did not long survive the introduction of the lever filler.
This Lipic pen is smooth black hard rubber with a slip cap, 14cm (5 ½ inches) closed and almost 18cm (6 ½ inches) when the cap is posted. The barrel imprint is very crisp, “LIPIC BUEL CO. ST. LOUIS PAT. NOV. 22/10”. This patent was for a matchstick filler with a metal disc raised slightly above the barrel which when pressed depressed the pressure bar and the sac. The patent also covered a cap clip which reached below the cap and when posted could be turned to connect with the metal disk to depress the filler. (I am not sure if this pen would originally had this clip or whether the clip was an optional extra.) For this pen the filler is depressed with a matchstick or similar peg, a toothpick works well. The barrel disc has a socket into which the matchstick or peg securely fits. The mechanism is simple and works well and there is nothing to go wrong, just a sac to be replaced.
The nib is a Lipic No. 5 with a fine point, a smooth fine point and a firm writer.
Condition: excellent, the pen shows little sign of wear, the black rubber has not faded, the imprint is crisp, the filler works well and the nib has lots of iridium and is a smooth writer.
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