We have 3 of wonderful 19th century mother of pearl pens belonging to my brother. Listing both today, sold separately. They're each the old coveted ones that hail from the boutiques of the Palais Royal, Paris (former palace of Cardinal Richelieu), and this one is the older of the two, intricately carved old mother of pearl handle and in very nice condition for age and type. Look for the other 2, listed and sold separately. This one has the embossment of a NYC firm, J. C. Aikin & Co.. The firm started as a jewelry shop that branched off into the specialty of making gold pens and pencil cases, and the name was soon changed to Aikin, Lambert & Co. when Lambert joined the co-partnership. Its address was originally 14 Maiden Lane, New York, but they quickly moved across the street to 15-19 Maiden Lane. They used 15, and 17, and 19 separately as their street addresses throughout the years, but I think they always had that solid block of street numbers. They also used the address 23 Maiden Lane in the 1880s. They had a branch office in Chicago quite early on, since at least 1871, but I don't think it was more than just an office and stock warehouse, and certainly not a manufactory. The company was incorporated under the new name Aikin, Lambert & Co. in May 1889. It was taken over by L. E. Waterman Co. in 19o2 and reorganized, and the name was changed to Aikin-Lambert Co.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Still housed in it's original pen case, etui, which has protected it very well. The old hand carved ones are tough to find. The pen's original nib is in place and it's ready to use or display. I see no damage to report. Outer case, in leather, has a few scuffs of age. Measurements noted on the photos.
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