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Extraordinary Pens – John Holland 52 Pull-Filler

This 1906 John Holland has an unusual filling mechanism. A model 52 “Pull-Filler” in gold-fill Repousse on BHR. Circles of high repousse roses on an etched “bark” background. Exquisitely beautiful! Sometimes called the “saddle-fill”, since it’s a saddle shaped device the user lifts to fill the pen. Holland claims to have started fountain pen manufacture in 1865, and introduced this particular filling mechanism in 1906 (a year after they introduced their “sleeve-fill” pens), and used it …

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