Publication: ca 1900,
4.5" x 7" x 1" wooden Miller Brothers advertising display box. The outside features a scene of school children in front of a school house burnt into the wood and is colored with red, green and black paints. The inside has the same great graphics which are in excellent condition. Original brass hinges and clasp. The box contains six compartments filled with pen nibs. Each nib is stamped. Nibs in compartment one are stamped 75/MILLER BRO'S/ANTICORROSIVE; nibs in compartment two are stamped 066/MILLER BROS/VERTICAL; nibs in compartment three are stamped 016/UNITED STATES/SCHOOL PEN; nibs in compartment four are stamped UNITED STATES/BEAD PEN/044; nibs in compartment five are stamped RAILROAD/767; and nibs in compartment six are stamped 04/MILLER BROS/ATTORNEY. Miller Bros. began their manufacture of steel pens in 1882. "The first makers of pens in this country were Harrison & Bradford, their factory being located in Mount Vernon, New York. The Miller Brothers Cutlery Company bought the mechanical equipment of their plant and engaged Mr. Bradford as superintendent of the new department. In the manufacture of these delicate articles, Miller Bros. was as successful as with their cutlery." Miller Bros. manufactured pocket cutlery, steel ink erasers and steel pens. A fine and unique item. Very unusual to find a Miller Brothers advertising box filled with the nibs.
Inventory Number: 35010