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Title: Waterman Fountain Pen
Identifier: 2000.3.15
Donor: Kirby Burns
Item Date: 1910-1930
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A pen separates into three pieces the body, lid and nib. There is no ink cartridge. The nib selection is gold plated and is engraved: "Waterman's Ideal Canada". The nib is attached to the black smooth plastic tube with small hole for ink flow. The nib has ink stains from previous use. The body's three sections are separated by 2 gold bands. The centre section is patterned and has patent and maker's mark (see above). The lid is patterned and has a smooth top with center red dot. There is another red dot on the side. There is a partial gold rectangle with 2 gold pins where handle used to attach. History: These accessories belonged to members of the Graydon Family and are from ca. 1910 - 1918. They would have been typical accessories of the Harris family at Benares. Mr Kirby Burns's wife was Jean Graydon whose father was Austin Graydon. These items were inherited by Mrs. Burns from her aunts who passed away during the 1960's. Her aunts were named Hattie (1867-1961), Mabel (1871-1964), and Mysia (1874-1960). These three women never married and were known as 'the Graydon Girls'. John Graydon was their father (1836-1904) who was a prominent builder in Streetsville from 1850-1900. John was a dedicated member of the Methodist Church and worked on the Public and High School Boards for more than thirty years. He was also a Streetsville Councillor and Reeve from 1877-1898, and a Warden of Peel County in 1897. A staunch supporterof the Conservative Party, he was a Justice of the Peace and was instrumental in the construction of the Credit Valley Railway that linked Streetsville with rail service in 1879. A notable aunt was Hattie who trained to be a nurse in Chicago and was Ontario's first public health nurse. She travelled all over Ontario and did a lot of work in northern Ontario. See fact sheets produced by the Mississauga Heritage Foundation for more information on John Graydon (1836-1904). Lewis Edson Waterman (1837-1901) is cited as being the inventor of the first capillary feed fountain pen. According to tradition, Waterman worked as an insurance sales man who was thwarted on a policy sale by a faulty pen which only blotted the contract which the client took as an ill omen and decided not to complete the transaction. Waterman decided to improve on the pens available and came up with a fountain pen that had a feed for the ink. He began manufacturing pens in the early 1880's receiving a patent in 1883. L.E. Waterman Company became the world's most successful maker of fountain pens due in part to aggressive advertisements. By the 1920's, Waterman had subsidiaries in Canada (Montreal), France and the U.K. Waterman began to wane in the 1930's and finally in 1959 sold it's American interests to Bic. The French subsidiary, JIF- Waterman still keeps the name and traditions of the original company alive today. For more information see www.io.com/~tyrbiter/wa.0.html.
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