In a world where there were many manufacturers of pen nibs it was very important to be noticed on the shelf in the stationer's or in a magazine. A great deal of money was spent on product and advertising artwork so a Company and its pens would stand out. As you can see from the pictures a great deal of gold has been used on all the box wrappers. The name of the individual pen was also vital as it helped to encourage customers to buy the product. The names here:
- King's Own
- Queen's Own
- Prince's Own
- Grace Darling Pen
These pen box wrappers were all registered at the Stationer's Hall until the mid-1920s and are now held at Kew. I am looking forward to going and finding them all in the near future and will let you know how I get on.