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iconnumber posted 08-26-2008 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stephenoverbury     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am a novice when it comes to metal ornamentation who would like to write an article or a book about repousse and repousse style overlays on turn of the century fountain pens. One important company was the George W. Heath & Co. which apparently was based om Newark, New Jersey and around 1900-1905 produced some impressive silver overlays for the Parker and Waterman pen companies and other manufacturers. I desperately seek any and all information about this firm and the techniques they actually used. I am drawing a blank in every source I seek. Please help,--it's hard finding information here where I live in northern Japan!!!

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iconnumber posted 08-26-2008 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the Silver Salon Forums.

Here is the post about Solid silver writing instruments that I mentioned when you called.

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iconnumber posted 08-27-2008 02:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The U S Federal Census's for Newark, New Jersey 1900, 10, & 20 show George W Heath having been born in New Jersey in about 1871 to English parents. He was an engraver, pen company employee, and pen company owner respectively.

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iconnumber posted 08-27-2008 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heath, George W. & Company

380 Canal St NYC later moved to 208 First St Newark NJ. Made some medium to high quality fountain pens but is most commonly known for his overlays and filigrees that were used by many pens companies including Waterman, Parker, Wirt, Aikin Lambert and many more. Some of his overlays are marked, most aren't. It is just an educated guess which overlays were done by him unless they are marked. He was also a nib maker and made other parts like bands and levers. He did sell some complete pens, but I think he was more interested in selling parts to other pen companies. Selling overlays and parts seemed to become his specialty in the pen world. Sold the Tribune and the Thames.

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