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#1 Wardok

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 00:16

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I was lucky enough to find this Eversharp a couple of weeks ago. They are fairly rare over here in the UK so I am not that familiar with the models. I've tried to do some research and I am able to say lots of things that it is not, but not what what it actually is. It has the look of a Doric but is not facetted and has a round cross section. It is 12.7cm long and a plunger filler. The only identifying marks are Eversharp on the clip and the nib. My guess is that it is a cheaper model, but still looks to be a very nice pen. I shall have to have a go at fixing the filling mechanism some time.

My questions are what model is it, and where and when would it have been made. The nib says made in USA, would it be original to the pen?

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:19

you've got a nice Equi-poised pen, equipped with the one shot vacuum filler.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 16:53

It seems more a "Round Doric" (don't think they have a model name). Equipoised have a different clip and should be lever filler (this seems plunger filler).

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 17:56

It seems more a "Round Doric" (don't think they have a model name). Equipoised have a different clip and should be lever filler (this seems plunger filler).

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Richard Binder states that Equipoised pens were still made after the introduction of the Doric, and some of these late Equipoised are vacuum filler.
also note this pen doesn't have a Doric cap band.

Edited by ticoun, 17 January 2012 - 17:58.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 23:28

Thanks for the information, I shall go and look these up in my books no i have some firm pointers. Any estimates on when it was made?

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:11

You will find that your pen is actually a #45M Round Vacuum Filler from 1935-6 as shown in the 1935 Eversharp catalog. It was not an Equi-Poised pen even though it still sported the Rhomboid band that most folks associate with the Equi-Poised pens. The Equipoised stopped production in about 1932-3 and you pen was made in or after 1935. The pen was shown and sold to dealers through both U.S. and Export Catalogs. See here:

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 22:00

Thanks Syd, that's superb. It never occurred to me that it might have a transparent barrel, but I undid the section and cleaned the barrel and sure enough, super clarity.

I then went to put the pen away with the rest of my meagre collection of Wahls - I only have about a dozen complete pens if you exclude my Kingswood button fillers - only to find that I also have a 45 and a 44M as well! I'm sure this isn't statistically significant, but I do wonder if there wasn't an extra big export push into the UK for this model.

Now I think about it, I borrowed some stationery trade journals a while ago and W-E were quite active in 1934 (I didn't see any later journals) but it looked like they were starting a sales drive (March - advertised their English Made Eversharps at their stand at the British Industries Fair, April - under the heading "The Turn of the Tide" they noted sales were up markedly since June 1933 and that customers were buying higher priced items, and highlighting the new adjustable nibs in September and November).

Anyway, I wonder how long it will be until I come across another W-E? Not long I hope.






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