Monday, November 2, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 99

 A few weeks ago, longtime Vancouver Pen Club member Christopher asked me if I happened to know anything about the manufacturer of this vintage fountain pen he recently acquired - an attractive Refograph bulb-filler...

(all photos courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Christopher's initial thoughts on the mystery pen: "The Refograph is a bulb filler covered by a long shiny black blind cap, and may I add, of considerable quality. The barrel supports a very large ink view window, which has a spiderweb pattern etched on the surface, The section is the best shaped one for my fingers yet. The cap has the most beautiful mottled red pearl and back finish topped off with a black cap screw which secures an even more attractive clip. The clip is also imprinted ‘Refograph’ and looks German 1930s in it’s design. Beautifully finished and shaped. There are also three distinctive cap bands, the middle one being wider. All the fittings are 14K gold filled."

"But I have saved the best for last. The tiny nib, a Warranted one is of super high quality and definitely 14K gold. And I would have to add that this little beauty is a semi broad with more flex than can be imagined. I took the liberty of an educated guess as to the dating as mid 30s. Actually I have had several 1930s German Reform pens and their clips were somewhat similar to this one."

I subsequently did a bit of digging and found a reference to Refograph in a list of Hungarian pen brands on FPN. You certainly don't see too many Hungarian fountain pens (vintage or modern!) around, so I was very pleased that Christopher sent it in for our online "show & tell". Many thanks, Christopher, for sharing your interesting new find with us :)

Stay well, everyone!

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