Friday, May 12, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 492

Many thanks to Christopher for the most recent pen reviews he sent in; we'll be featuring his latest vintage finds for the next few days, here on our blog!

He writes: "I have to ask myself, what is better then one Morrison gold overlay? And the answer is elementary, two! And better still, if the second one is older with a beautiful, different chased finish. Both pens are the same length posted and capped, but the older number has a much finer quality to it. While my first kick at the can from 1933 is no less attractive, but much more chunky and with an undercarriage of early jet black plastic. So having established that both pens have merit, I will go ahead and describe my newest Morrison addition (from 1929)."

(photo courtesy of Christopher ~ please click on image to enlarge)

"What is extremely unusual about this very refined and attractive gold overlay boils down to its nib. Whereas the newer one has a typical Morrison 14K Gold point, this earlier Morrison fountain pen has a Warranted 14K Gold marked nib inscribed ‘Haag, Amsterdam’. Otherwise, it is a superb writer when applied to paper with loads of welcome flex. The barrel is also inscribed 1/40th 14K Gold. I should also point out that there is a small difference regarding the caps of these two Morrison gold overlay pens in that the later one is open at its top to expose the black vulcanized rubber underneath, while the earlier model is covered on its top with the overlay. Finally, I should make this comparison complete by describing the overlay chasing on the earlier pen as a repeated wavy chevron design, while the later pen as repeating plain horizontal banding divided by short vertical line banding. So as much as these pens are the same, in fact they are different and both worth adding to my vintage pen collection."

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