Glossopedia of Pen Terms

(This page revised October 1, 2013)

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Yankee  1  (Yankee Specialty Company) A company located in New York City; founded probably c. 1895. Among its wide selection of household products, the company sold gold pens (dip nibs), pen holders, and fountain pens, all under the Yankee brand. The company appears to have changed its name c. 1897 to Sweet & Ellsworth. I have found no information about it after 1899.  2  A brand of straight-cap eyedropper-filling fountain pen sold by the Yankee Specialty Company (see definition 1). These pens were made by O. E. Weidlich, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and were among the pens falling under the purview of Paul Wirt’s 1899 patent infringement settlement with the American News Company. See also Weidlich (definition 1).  3  One of many brand names under which a variety of cheap Austrian-made piston-filling pens were sold. For more information and an illustration, see Manos.
Yard-O-Led (Yard-O-Led Pencil Company, Limited) A manufacturing company located in Birmingham, England. Founded in 1934 as the Yard-O-Led Pencil Company to manufacture propelling mechanical pencils based on Sampson Mordan’s 1822 patented design featuring storage of twelve 3" lengths of lead. This one-yard supply of lead was the source of the company’s name. Currently producing high-quality pens and pencils primarily in sterling silver, Yard-O-Led is a division of Filofax, a part of the Letts Filofax Group Ltd. Shown below is a Yard-O-led Viceroy Victorian.
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Yellowstone Yellowstone (sometimes colloquially referred to as “Mustard”) One of the more collectible high-cachet colors used for the Vacumatic-filling version of the Parker “51”; shown to the right. Yellowstone is rather fragile, and the repair of Yellowstone pens calls for great care. See also Blue Cedar, Buckskin Beige, Nassau Green.

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