Thursday, 8 August 2013

John Bond Crystal Palace Pen Nib

Perhaps John Bond wanted to rub on his pen nib something of the glory of the 
glass structure that was erected in London's Hyde Park in 1851 to house the Great Exhibition. Macniven & Cameron have named their steel pens after the popular Sir Walter Scot's Waverley novel and the legendary Flying Scotsman locomotive and Brandauer called his The Lancet after the prestigious medical journal. So why not engrave the name Crystal Palace on your nib? After all the glass structure had amazed visitors with the sheer amount of cast plate glass and represented the achievements of new technology. 
The pen nib came together with a small bottle of marking ink and instructions. 

I speculate that it must have been first produced in the 1850s.
It writes like a dream.
Excellent flex and smooth writing even after years in oblivion. 
Palimpsest used it with J. Herbin's Anniversary Ink and was entirely satisfied with the results.
The name's Bond. John Bond.


  1. I just found your sire and I am very excited. I am looking for Children's book authors favorite writing instruments for a non fiction children's book.
    My email is
    If you think you can point me towards some information, I would be most grateful.

    1. Susan, Kipling springs to mind. Have a look at the posts labelled Rudyard Kipling on this blog.

  2. John Bond's ink must have been first produced while the Crystal Palace was topical, 1850s or soon after, but your bottle must be considerably later. The instruction leaflet is printed in a typeface called Granby which was first issued in 1930, and Times Roman from 1932. It's still in great shape for 80 years old, though!

  3. Alan, We all thank you for ID'g and dating the type faces. As to dating an object if ofttimes takes the input of folks possessing a variety of special knowledge to establish the needed evidence. If you want to know more about bookbinding techniques I may be able to help. My reason for being on this thread is because one day I found and fell in love with, and instantly bought a facsimile copy of, "The Universal Penman" by George Bickham, c. 1740 Dover Publications. I've been hooked ever since, have become a proficient and willingly share the blessing with anyone mildly expressing an interest in Round-Hand writing.