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By Ron Dutcher
Every once in a while I spot Civil War era pens for sale with the nib imprint J. C. Aikin. Most likely this is James Cornelius Aikin, who would later join with Henry Lambert to make Aikin, Lambert & Co.
This is interesting because it shows that Aikin started making pens on his own before Lambert came along.
This article is part of the Manhattan Pen Makers Project, originated by Ron L. Dutcher. Except for typographical corrections, the text is as Ron published it. Ron wanted to include photos of advertisements or pens from each maker; he had some photos, but the gallery was far from complete. Photos here are a mixture of what Ron had and what I have been able to add from my own photo library. As with other reference articles on this site, you should not take this information as absolutely authoritative or complete.