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Here's An Eversharp You Won't See Everyday!


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#1 penguinmaster

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 00:21

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It's a 1st Generation Eversharp Symphony in brown. They were long rumored to exist, but without a ton of proof. I've been looking for a LONG time to pick one of these up so I was super excited when one showed up on eBay a week or two ago. It arrived this morning in much better shape than I had expected. Seller had it listed as a "parts pen", must have been a case of an uneducated seller as the pen was in almost perfect condition minus needing a new sac.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 04:31

so YOUR the one who outbid me....die die die!....Ok...enjoy your pen.....at least a fellow FPN member got it.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 08:33

Here is my Symphony - I've got the black model.

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This is the original design by Raymond Loewy and the slipper cap (just like it was with Skyline and Henry Dreyfuss) was loosely based on the Loewy locomotive design.

The Pennsylvania Railroad S-1 Streamlined Locomotive:

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 10:39

Those are really lovely. You've got my mind turning lazy circles around Eversharp now, not a brand I've been drawn to before.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 12:34

so YOUR the one who outbid me....die die die!....Ok...enjoy your pen.....at least a fellow FPN member got it.


Oops.. Sorry about that. I should ask from now on :rolleyes:

If I decide to sell then I'll be sure you to keep you in mind.
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Posted 18 July 2011 - 00:28

Love that slipper cap and especially the link to the locomotive. How did you come across that photo? I had seen the story about the
Skyline design, but didn't realize there was another train link with the Symphony. Very cool.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 00:50

Follow up question here after taking a second look at your post. How does one identify a "first generation"? I have two Symphonies in a reddish brown color. One has a slipper cap, the other doesn't. What designates the first generation? Both have a narrow gold band on the cap, which I notice yours does not. The slipper capped unit came as a "set" with a pencil, but the gold band on the pencil is 3/8" not 1/16" like that on the cap, so I wonder if it is really a set.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 07:19

Follow up question here after taking a second look at your post. How does one identify a "first generation"? I have two Symphonies in a reddish brown color.



Richard Binder's site has great information on Symphonies but the short answer on the easy to spot differences....first generation Symphonies have metal threads on the barrel,the clip is closer to the top of the slipper cap and no trim rings on the cap.

Here's a picture of my 2nd generation Symphony.The other 2 pens people posted on this thread are 1st gen.Hope it helps.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 16:35

Follow up question here after taking a second look at your post. How does one identify a "first generation"? I have two Symphonies in a reddish brown color. One has a slipper cap, the other doesn't. What designates the first generation? Both have a narrow gold band on the cap, which I notice yours does not. The slipper capped unit came as a "set" with a pencil, but the gold band on the pencil is 3/8" not 1/16" like that on the cap, so I wonder if it is really a set.



Corvus,

I'd really like to see pictures of the pen(s) if you wouldn't mind. I'm still under the impression they only produced brown in the 1st generation of pens. My assumptions is you have a maroon pen. It sounds like the pencil might have been a 703 pencil (high end) and the pen is a 701 model (Middle end).

As said the metal threads are a dead give-away for a 1st generation. 2nd and 3rd generation pens have plastic threads. Although 2nd gen pens have a variant of the slipper cap. 3rd generation have no slipper cap.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 15:14

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 21:39

Corvus,

I'd really like to see pictures of the pen(s) if you wouldn't mind. I'm still under the impression they only produced brown in the 1st generation of pens. My assumptions is you have a maroon pen. It sounds like the pencil might have been a 703 pencil (high end) and the pen is a 701 model (Middle end).

As said the metal threads are a dead give-away for a 1st generation. 2nd and 3rd generation pens have plastic threads. Although 2nd gen pens have a variant of the slipper cap. 3rd generation have no slipper cap.

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Hangglidernerd's info was very helpful in identifying what I have as later generation. And I would say you are correct, Tom, that what I have is a "maroon" pen - as you will see from the attached pictures the color is definitely more the red end of things. Thanks for the info folks - one more small step on my learning curve.

Well, I guess you won't see the color because I'm being told the upload failed. If I can figure out why, I will upload later.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 01:14

In the 20th century, even people's pens were made to look as if they too were in a hurry to get somewhere. I think the Skyline and the 1st gen Symphony embody that pretty nicely.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 18:19

Is there a good reference anywhere on the Symphony model numbers? I'm in the process of buying a large quantity of NOS Symphonys and will be getting 3 different models.

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 21:37

Is there a good reference anywhere on the Symphony model numbers? I'm in the process of buying a large quantity of NOS Symphonys and will be getting 3 different models.

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Here is a photo of one of the NOS Eversharps ... there's also a model with steel/chrome trim. They seem to have different clip variations, some with ridges and some are rounded, some say "made in USA"

I'm guesing this is one of Eversharps's last gasps. The pen is rather ho-hum, but the nibs are awesome with a greal deal of flex. I'll put more photos in a separate post.




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