ES361 Esterbrook No. 487 Dip Less Double Desk Set, boxed. (9556 Fine Nib + 9968 Broad Nib)

ES361 Esterbrook No. 487 Dip Less Double Desk Set, boxed.  (9556 Fine Nib + 9968 Broad Nib)
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ES361 Esterbrook No. 487 Dip Less Double Desk Set, boxed. (9556 Fine Nib + 9968 Broad Nib)

Date: c1950s

Size: Base - 212mm long by 110mm wide; Pens  - 161mm including nib and taper.

A fab fifties black bakelite Dip Less double inkwell set.  The double sets were generally used in banks by clerks.  One inkwell was filled with red ink and the other with black ink, and they were used for filling in account books where the black ink would represent credits and the red debits.  This desk set is in excellent condition and still in its original box.  Unusually, in the bottom of the box is a very interesting product catalogue leaflet and also the original instruction leaflet.  This desk set is in excelletn condition, with just a few fine and hard to spot scratches to the base, and a little matting to inkwell covers.  The seals on both inkwells have hardened over the years, but this is easily fixed -  have added a small rubber band to the underside of the covers to make a good seal with the base so it is useable again.  The deskset works by filling each inkwell up to the indicated level with your choice of ink colour.  The pens then are located in the inkwell through a hole in the cover to form a seal.  Whilst located in the inkwell, the nibs are in contact with the ink.  As they have a proper fountain pen feed, when they are removed and you start writing, the ink in the feed will last significantly longer before it needs to be re-dipped than a standard dip pen would - hence Dip Less.  The pen tapers are made from transparent resin - possibly lucite.  One is clear and the other is red.  The clear taper holds an uncommon  9968 broad nib, and the red taper holds a 9556 fine nib.  The underside of the base is lined with cork, and imprinted upon that are the model details and maker's name, etc.  The original box is also in great condition.  All in all, a very unusual and desirable desk set, especially in such fine condition as this one and emminently useable.    

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