At the Michigan Pen Show, I was strolling by Pat Spidel’s table when I noticed a box for a pen and pencils set.
Pat was the source for several sets I purchased at the Ohio Pen Show a year ago, so I had to take a peek inside:
I pulled the cash out of my pocket quick as a jackrabbit. This is an Autopoint tab filler fountain pen and pencil set:
I’ve written about the pencils before – most recently when I found a ringtop at the Chicago Show (see http://leadheadpencils.blogspot.com/2016/09/who-knew.html):
Now with a pen in hand, I can show you how the tab filler gets its name:
Under the blind cap is a tab which depresses the lever by pushing it to one side, rather than pushing in like a button filler. This pen has a nice Autopoint nib, too:
As I prepared to take the set back to my table, Pat mentioned that he had another one, too - a parts pen. I couldn’t resist that one, damage notwithstanding, because I knew how nice it would look alongside the others:
This one sports a Welty’s nib, not an uncommon thing to see on an Autopoint pen.
William Welty was a pen seller in Chicago who likely purchased Autopoint’s remaining stock and fit them with nibs of his own.