As the label says, this is a box of Eberhard Faber gold-plated nibs. It’s still sealed too, but not for long.
I don’t know their exact age but working backward from the year the Eberhard Faber Company moved from Brooklyn, they are a minimum of 60 years old (and could be considerably older).
I still have everything to learn about dip pens and nibs, etc., but I’ve always been curious about something…
When pens like these were in their heyday, how long would a nib such as this one be expected to last? And what would be the likely reason it had to be replaced—did the tines eventually become bent and/or separated, or did people misplace or lose them easily?
In other words would the average office desk have a box containing a gross of these, or were they purchased and used more conservatively?
A certain knowledgable, temporary Montevidean has informed me that these are nibs for fountain pens rather than dip pens; they match exactly those found on E. Faber Perma-point pens. While it answers one question it presents another: Is a box like this for the average pen owner, or perhaps something a reseller would be more likely to stock?