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Item/Description: Vintage EIA (Electronic Industrial Association) “John Tamsen Engineering Award of Excellence 1980" Mexican onyx & brass metal Parker Pen Company paperweight desk set.
This unique, one-of-a-kind elegant desktop accessory set is as functional as it is aesthetically attractive, consisting of two (2) black & brass-trim Parker pens (one is a fountain pen, the other a ballpoint pen) that stand inside the set’s two (2) built-in yet movable/positionable coordinating pen holders which are permanently attached to the expansive Mexican onyx base/stand. The lower portions of the pen holders down to their bases are brass, with the upper bodies of the holders being comprised of black plastic which perfectly matches the bodies of the pens so that they blend together when displayed.
It would likewise serve as a marvelously clever gift idea for the engineer inyourlife. Why not award yourself or him/her with this beautifully designed, easily re-customizable and eternally stylish Parker desk set! The brass name plate is removable and could be easily swapped out or covered over with a replacement name plate. And because the brass medal doesnotcontain any personalization, it could also be engraved/personalized with the name ofyoursomeone special or simply left blank as it already is.
***With regards to the “Award” aspect of this exquisite paperweight desk set, the ornately designed, vertically-standing brass medallion contains wording as well as symbols which are emblematic to and representative of the now-defunct EIA organization’s mission and purpose.
Decorative embellishments on the coin medallion consist of four (4) bold 3-dimensional raised relief images accompanied by wording which is positioned beneath each respective image, as follows:
*“Distribution”is represented by the image of a large overlapped by the a United States-shaped map.
*“Industry Cooperation”is exemplified by a long “Board of Directors”-style table adjacent to what resembles multiple buildings.
*“Production”is represented by an opening inside a building that is likely a manufacturing plant, from which supplies are moving outside and being loaded.
*“Research”is of course being represented by a gentleman inside some type of laboratory working on a project.
The engraving/inscription on the decorative brass medallion reads “Engineering Award of Excellence - EIA Est. 1924 - Electronic Industries Association - Awarded to ____”(with no name inscribed, just a blank section beneath the “Awarded To” wording - left deliberately blank because this wording is merely the precursor to the below-referenced brass name plate’s additional/continuation wording).
The (removable) brass name plate reads“John Tamsen Engineering Award of Excellence 1980".
This fabulous Mexican onyx set remains highly collectible and desirable in and of itself as an eye-catching home/office desktop enhancement with the added bonus of also being a Parker Pen Company product, as well as for its unique, one-of-a-kind status as a customized presentation piece to a particular individual recipient who, in this instance, is electrical/electronics engineer “John Tamsen” in recognition of outstanding achievement.
Furthermore, anything from the EIA is now even more collectible than ever given that the organization ceased their operations as of February 2011.
Excerpted Research Information About the EIA: “The EIA was a trade association representing American manufacturers in standards organizations. The EIA has published and formalized several important standards, including RS-232-C, RS-422, RS-423, RS-449, RS-485, and RS-530. Standards having to do with communications are produced jointly with the Telecommunications Industry Association. For more information on the EIA, seewww.eia.org.
According towww.eciaonline.org/eiastandards,EIA standards are now managed by the Electronic Components Association.
The EIA organization ceased operations in February 2011. EIA assigned ECA maintenance of all existing interconnect, passive and electro-mechanical (IP&E) and inter-department EIA standards. EIA also granted ECA the rights to develop new IP&E electronic component standards under the ANSI-designation of EIA standards. All other electronic components standards will be managed by their respective sectors. ECA is expected to join the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA). However, the EIA standards brand will continue for IP&E standards within ECIA.
The former sectors of EIA are the Electronic Components Association (ECA), JEDEC, Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), now part of TechAmerica, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)...”
Age/Period: Vintage - 1980 (1980s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin:
*Desk set retains original manufacturer’s label which is still affixed to green felt on underside of onyx marble-looking base, and reads: M23 Parker Desk Set 8423 4 x 8" Mexican Onyx - M237 with $10 pen & $7.50 B/P..$60".
*Pens are marked “Parker Made in U.S.A.” and also bear the Parker Pen Company logo/symbol/emblem.
*Pen holders are marked “Made in U.S.A.” and also bear the Parker Pen Company logo.
*Paperweight base is made of Mexican onyx.
*Pens are encased in black hard plastic.
*Pen holders are made of the same black hard plastic with brass bases.
*The EIA medallion is made of brass.
*The personalized name plate is made of brass.
*Base measures 8"L x 4"Deep x 1"H
*Pens measure approximately 6 ½”H
*Pen holders measure 5"H
Quantity: One (1) set comprised of a Mexican onyx decorative base with two (2) attached Parker pen holders + two (2) Parker pens.
Condition: This set remains in exceptional condition! There are no condition factors impacting either the onyx base or the plastic pen & holder casings, nor is there any tarnishing to any of the brass pieces or accents. The ballpoint pen writes smoothly however, because the fountain pen is empty of its ink cartridge, it could not be "writing"-tested.