I love garage sales - you never know what you are going to find. I was at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago when I spotted a basket of art and craft supplies. I glanced through the contents and discovered a Sheaffer calligraphy set. I've always wanted to do calligraphy, and since the set was only $3 (the original price on the box was $17.50), I couldn't resist.
The set contains 12 ink cartridges (only 2 are missing); fine, medium, and broad italic nibs; a Sheaffer fountain pen; an instructional booklet; and a practice pad ruled for calligraphy. The previous owner of the set also put in a pad of plain paper and a card with further instructions. Everything appears in good condition except for the fine nib (the other two nibs look like they have never been used), which was left in the pen with an old cartridge and has dried ink on it:
I'm not sure how I should clean it, so I would really appreciate any advice that you could leave me in the comments.
I can't wait to start practicing calligraphy, so once I get everything cleaned up, look for some of my experiments in a future post.