Vintage Spencerian #48 Sterling Pen

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from the United States


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UPDATE: This is it, the FINAL batch available for individual sale! When they're gone, they're gone. :( .

Spencerian pens are known around the world as being one of the best made pens ever made. They spare no expense in using the best quality steel. In the case of the #48 Sterling it uses the highest quality high carbon steel. It’s also coated in copper and then plated in Sterling Silverine, Spencerian’s patented silver alloy. This means it will withstand oxidation, and acidic deterioration. This pen is magnificently constructed! With an expertly made double-grind and incredible finish.

Charles Schultz, the creator and artist for the comic Peanuts used an Esterbrook #914 Radio Pen exclusively. This is not only the same pen type, but it’s from England and its quality is much higher than Esterbrook. Remember, steel pens were invented in England and Esterbrook had to bring experts from England to help him make good pens. This, coupled with the unprecedented top-quality of Spencerian pens, makes this pen beyond spectacular and it shows! Check out the sample page I posted. You can do wondrous calligraphy or draw memorable comic strips! I also posted a comparison photo of the #914 vs the #48 and you can see it’s essentially the same pen.

My supply of #914s are at an end. If you cannot find one, try this pen it is an exquisite replacement; you will not regret it!

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: This pen is new old stock and maintains its original factory finish. There are no signs of rust or oxidation or patina. This pen is coated with a varnish/oil that protects the pen from rust. This varnish must be removed prior to use to ensure correct ink flow from the pen. Dipping the pen into ink and wiping away the excess is the best way to remove the varnish. You may have to perform this task 2 or 3 times. You will know that it has worked when the ink evenly covers the pen and does not bunch up into blobs. An instruction sheet is included in each sale for ease of reference.

Note: The Esterbrook #914 Radio pen pictured is not for sale and is not included in the sale of this pen. It has been posted as reference to compare to the Spencerian Sterling #48.

If you have any questions about this pen, or other pens, feel free to contact me or visit my website at: I have a blog where I discuss pens as well: . If you request a customized order of pens or need pens that you do not see listed on my page, please email me as I might very well have such a pen (excluding any of the “Dream Nibs” as if I had them, they would be on my sale page. :) )

Average review
One of the most beautiful, versatile, and enjoyable nibs I've ever used. Brandon of WhiteAppleMultimedia knows more about pen nibs than anyone I've ever encountered.
Jan 26, 2018 by David Lineberger
Fast Shipping, beautiful service, expert knowledge. Love the nibs.
Nov 29, 2017 by Adam Lubkin
Mar 25, 2017 by bookh
Received the nibs - lovely condition. Seller is uncommonly knowledgeable. Pay attention to his descriptions as they not only describe the items themselves but also contain info about optimum (or sub-optimum) production periods for the manufacturer, alternative or equivalent nibs and so on. The info pays dividends as I made the mistake of buying a certain brand of nib after the quality started declining - which I would have known had I read up on this company on White Apple Multimedia's page. Lastly his customer service and generosity was greatly appreciated.
Mar 18, 2017 by kingdubrock
Perfect pen and super nice overall experience, thanks a lot!
Sep 7, 2016 by Anna Gavriluk

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from the United States
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URGENT NOTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: I process all my shipping and declaration forms within Etsy. Etsy will automatically add the item's description, value, and amount paid in shipping to the declaration form. This information cannot be altered. Please consider your country's tariffs and import costs when making a purchase.

NOTICE: As of January 16th 2016, USPS has increased their shipping rates. Sadly, that means I have to increase my shipping rates. :(

I ship via USPS within 1 - 3 business days (depending on if Sunday is in the mix). I do not try to make money with shipping. I put an average cost and quite often the actual amount is more than what I quoted. Don't sweat it, I will not be asking for more money :). If an upgrade in shipping is available for less than a dollar more, I will upgrade at no extra charge. That's just how I roll! Also, if I fail to ship within 3 days (Sundays excluded) I will upgrade the shipping to Priority. If I am unable to ship within three business days, I typically upgrade to Priority. I cannot do this for international orders, I apologize.

I do ship internationally to anywhere USPS ships! However, it can take a bit of time to get the package, so please be patient! :) There is no method of determining how long a package will take to arrive at a foreign country. Typically, I have seen the package leave the USA within 3 - 5 business days. It will likely take a day to fly to any destination. It must then go through foreign customs. Then it will be sent to that country's delivery system. In my experience it can take as little as 8 - 10 days and as long as a month. Etsy does seem to have a way to track these packages when they are in other countries, so if you are concerned about where the package is, let me know and I can check the tracking.

PLEASE do not wait a month to notify me that you have not received your package (unless this is an international order). I will attempt to track down all packages before I consider them a loss.


Payment seems to be straight forward. :) I accept credit cards and paypal. I prefer either.

Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
The items in my shop are sold "AS IS." I am selling vintage and antique items that are not replaceable; especially if they are used. I also do not price match.

These are items to be used as a supply and therefore they cannot be returned once used. I spend a good deal of time writing out the description of each item, so there should not be any confusion as to what is being purchased. I am available for questions regarding usage, so please do not hesitate to ask.

In regards to refunds, there would need to be a serious error on my part or a circumstance beyond normal control to warrant a full refund from me directly. Please contact me through Etsy to discuss any issues with the order. If you need to, please exercise your right to file a claim with Etsy.

In regards to lost packages, Etsy offers both buyer and seller protection. I will work through Etsy's official channels where these matters are concerned. I will do everything in my power to contact the postal service and fight to get the package back or to its intended destination. PLEASE NOTE that these procedures take time. Postal offices have to commit to an investigation as does Etsy. The sooner you report a lost package the quicker it will be to track it down. I also purchase insurance on every order.

I keep pristine records of all transactions, including receipts for shipment. I keep them on file for seven years. If proof of shipment is required by any party, it can be given easily.

With that said, I am more than reasonable, if there is an problem with the order I am happy to resolve the issue to mutual satisfaction where applicable.

In regards to EU customers, the online selling laws have changed. A customer is required to fill out a refund form and mail it before a refund can be processed. Please check your country's website or Etsy to locate such a form.

Additional policies

Prices and availability of the pens are subject to change without notice. The price of the pens are based on age, demand and availability. I will not price match other shops.

Understand that these pens are no longer made. Their value is increasing and their availability is decreasing. These pens are vastly superior to modern day dip pens. Therefore, they have an inherent, intrinsic value. Modern day dip pens cost between .75 to 1.25 USD a pen. The pens in my shop are vintage or antique as well as being tempered steel and thus are going to be more valuable. Some have plating made of gold and or silver, increasing their value further. Some are extremely popular as well as being very difficult to find. Especially for the renowned "Dream Nibs." Many times, an investment of hundreds or thousands of dollars is required to get these pens. It is becoming more and more difficult to acquire even for the most common of pens, because the price point is beyond my comfort level.

With that said, if you find these pens elsewhere for cheaper, by all means buy those pens up! I will not price match. People seeking a discount will have to contact me privately for a custom order. An order of 10 or more pens will receive a 10% discount.

Again, if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to help.:)