Philip Poole, widely known as 'His Nibs', was as charming a person as you could hope to meet and he had one of the finest collections of pen nibs anywhere together with a multitude of writing paraphernalia of all descriptions. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of nibs and their manufacturers and I learned more from him during lunch hours when I was working for the French bank than from many of my collection of books on writing and writing equipment.

These 'symbols', which include the unique 'Flying Bird' nib of 1840, are from his special collection of nibs


  • Philip Poole
  • Alan E. Cole