Sunday, May 14, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 493

~ Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere!🌷~

...and here's a lovely little vintage set of Christopher's for everyone to enjoy!

 Christopher begins: "It is hard to say at this late date exactly what the Wahl Eversharp company had in mind regarding a target market for their Bantam line of fountain pens and pencils. Too good, really, regarding the quality for the junior pen user and almost too small to be considered even a purse pen. And yet the Eversharp Bantam must have been a good seller in its own right and, in turn, stood the test of time. Over the course of its history, Eversharp changed the design to mirror their most popular larger high-end models like the flat top, Equi-poised and Doric. In fact, some of the later Bantam pens were even equipped with faceted finishes to almost be mistaken for a miniature Eversharp Doric. But what always rung true, throughout their history, was the amazing quality in miniature."

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

"Over the years, I have had a number of Wahl Eversharp Doric pens, but running across a mint and boxed Bantam set, complete with ephemera, was almost too good to be true. Equipped with a dazzling blue swirl finish and a No.0 Eversharp 14K Gold nib --and flexy at that-- this little number also came  with a working rubber bulb filler. The clip on this pen has a turned up spoon end, short but quite attractive. In essence, it suits the pen perfectly."

"The matching pencil I found also works well, but I was most amazed with the original box. Very well designed and appointed with a separate divided compartment for both writing instruments. The paperwork instructions and, on the reverse side, warranty fits neatly folded into the inside top of this packaging. On the outside, there is a beautifully coloured blue with gold motifs adding up to a totally Deco presentation. As for size, the fountain posts at a handleably 4 ½ inches, but caps back to 3 ¾ inches. In closing, I think this dandy little pen and pencil set pays perfect tribute to the famous Wahl Eversharp company, who even in miniature, hit the mark one hundred percent. And please do not think that I won’t be adding this set to my collection and taking it travelling with me in the future."

Our thanks to Christopher for the informative write-up and photos! For some more information on the 'Bantam' model, check out this article on Richard Binder's site.

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