Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 473

Today we're featuring one of the vintage pens that Christopher brought to our last meeting!

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

Christopher writes: "Although the Sears Roebuck Company was founded in 1893 as a mail order option, they did not open their first retail outlet until 1924. But by 1929 they had grown to over 300 department stores across the United States. It is interesting to note that this quite substantial Webster black hard chased rubber, short ribbon ring top made by the National Pen Company was the first official fountain pen to be marketed through Sears retail department store outlets."

"A fine pen of impressive quality, offset with 14K Gold Filled fittings and atop a matching jet black grip section, a No.1 quality 14K gold medium flex Warranted nib. This pen is a lever filler which takes a generous amount of ink, which it lays down both consistently and responsibly. I am nothing but pleased with this impressive vintage department store item that, in turn, says a lot for both the Sears Roebuck Company in the mid 1920’s and the National Pen Company of Chicago."

For more information on the National Pen Products Company, check out Richard Binder's glossary entry on it here. Our thanks to Christopher for sharing this charming ringtop with us!

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