Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 117

Today's featured writing instruments are two lovely vintage French "woodgrain" red hard rubber fountain pens recently acquired by VPC member Christopher, One is by Météore, and the other by Soma, and they both have an interesting feature....

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

Christopher: "It was René who turned me on to the olde French safety pens. And as soon as he did, I was turning over stones for them. The d’Or has quite a history in France of producing quality pens and this one was no exception. The safety mechanism works perfectly and I guess the French knew all about flexy nibs."


 "The Soma Company of France did not have the presence in the early vintage pen market that d’Or had but still were one of the big contenders in the European market in the thirties. The French pen manufacturers were still making safety pens long after the North American market had moved to more modern filling systems. Still, this pen was one good score and, inked, provides for great writing with a super flexy nib. One last comment about vintage safety pens - because the nib retracts in the barrel and is protected, the ones I have found have had nibs in just remarkable condition." 

For more information on Météore pens, you can check out the (translated) Wikipedia page for them here. Many thanks to Christopher for sharing these wonderful vintage finds with us!

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