Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 288

Sticking with vintage pens for today's blog post, here's Christopher's newest vintage fountain pen- a handsome flat-top from the 1920s:

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

Christopher: "I do not know how many serious vintage pen collectors have considered the Diamond Medal line of pens but, trust me, they are an impressive fountain pen with a very high quality standard. So when this one came my way, I was nothing but impressed with it as I restored and serviced it. The finish is similar to a rose mahogany which took to polishing like no one’s business. This is a big pen, posting at a full six and a half inches with a substantial girth. Saying that, it does cap back to a pocketable five and a quarter inches. It is a lever filler taking quite a large ink sack. The fittings are 14K gold filled and the flat top cap has a medium width gold cap ring and a tapered ball-ended company branded clip. The grip section is just terrific to hold and sports an impressive Diamond Medal engraved number 8, 14K gold nib. And this nib is a fine writer with just enough flex to impress the user."

"But there is a mystery to me yet to be solved with a cap top 14K gold circular insert. And if anyone can shed some light on what is engraved on this insert and in part enameled royal blue, I would be most receptive. I gather it would relate to something in the late 1920s from which time this pen was produced. In closing, I have been using and enjoying this pen for the last two weeks and loving ever minute of applying it to paper."

Editor's note: Mystery solved! I did a bit of detective work and discovered that Sears, Roebuck and Co. offered personalization of the Diamond Medal pens they sold (see ad + ad detail below), including stylized initials, like the one on Christopher's pen:

(ad detail below ~ click on images to enlarge) 

(ad courtesy of the 'old fountain pens just for fun' pen blog)

Our thanks to Christopher for sharing another wonderful vintage acquisition with us!

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