Wirt Pen Imprints

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Single Line Imprints

PAUL E. WIRT PAT. FEB. – ’85

The earliest pens have a single line imprint. These pens date from 1885-1888. They can have either the two piece overfeed, or the better known paddle overfeed. Nibs are unvented and can have no imprint, or be imprinted “WIRT No X” or WIRT X” (X being nib size).

Two Line Imprints

  • PAUL E. WIRT FOUNTAIN PEN
  • PAT’D JUNE 27, 1882 & FEB. 3, 1885

Wirt pens with two line imprints were made between 1888 and 1903. The 1882 date was for the Stone patent, that was similar to the Wirt 1885 patent. In 1888 or 1889 Paul Wirt bought the Stone patent rights and began to cite it on Wirt pen imprints. The most common feed is the paddle overfeed, but two piece feeds are seen. These should not be underfeed pens.

Three Line Imprints

  • PAUL E. WIRT FOUNTAIN PEN
  • BLOOMSBURG PA U.S.A.
  • PAT’D APRIL 7, 1903 

This is the imprint on Wirt underfeed pens. There should be an unvented nib and a characteristic vented underfeed.

There are other imprints for screw cap pens, celluloid pens, and atypical pens (mystery imprint on Hexagonal pen). The above will cover the vast majority of Wirt pens that you will encounter.

Examples of the one line, two line, and three line imprints

Three line imprint pens have vented underfeeds. However, the styling can look older with a straight slip cap, or can resemble the more typical larger friction fit caps of the post 1903 era (which continue with this style externally as screw cap “safety pens” were introduced).

Two line imprint pens closely resemble the single line imprint pens

Typical single line imprint Wirt pens in assorted chasing patterns

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