Original 1903 Lever-Filled Fountain Pen patent assignment given to inventor and manufacturer John Barnes of the W. F. & John Barnes Company.
Two items. The first item is the original 2-page partly-printed and manuscript patent assignment given to John Barnes of W.H. + John Barnes Company. The assignment is notarized by A.O. Behel, Solicitor of Patents.
The second item are two printed and illustrated sheets printed by the The Norris Peters Company of Washington, D.C. describing Barnes’ patent in full.
“Today, Walter Sheaffer remains widely credited as the inventor of the lever-filler fountain pen, but that legacy is not accurate. The first to patent a lever-filled fountain pen in the United States was John Barnes of Rockford, Illinois, who applied for his patent on June 3, 1903 and received patent number 738,876 with lightning speed (by patent standards) on September 15, 1903.” (The Leadhead’s Pencil Blog)
Significant and early 20th century material specific to American fountain pen history is very scarce to commerce.
Description: Original 1903 Lever-Filled Fountain Pen patent assignment given to inventor and manufacturer John Barnes of the W. F. & John Barnes Company.