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Wyvern Models, Top To Bottom
Posted 17 July 2011 - 09:05
Can I trouble anyone for information on Wyvern pens? I got two on eBay recently, both "Perfect Pen" lever fillers, from a seller in Israel. I promptly cracked the barrel on one trying to replace the section after a resacking. I'll be sending it off for repairs soon. I used heat on the second, moved a lot more carefully, and ended up with a fairly fragile feeling but pleasant little writing pen.
What, if any, were Wyvern's 'iconic' models? If I was going to buy, say, one or two more and wanted to shoot for the top end of their product line or the company's peak era, what direction would you point me in? I've emailed a couple of people directly who seem to collect the brand heavily, and for whatever reasons I haven't received a reply. I hope one or more of you can throw a little light on this for me. I'm especially interested in the models which display the Wyvern image on the nib, barrel or both.
Thanks a lot! I've been asking a lot of questions here and the community has been very helpful.
Posted 17 July 2011 - 09:56
Wyvern is one of the oldest British pen manufacturers, going back to 1880s, so there's a big range of models to choose from. They made good eyedroppers with over-and-under feeds in the early days, but they're seldom seen now. You're most likely to find their 1940s and 50s models now, like the Perfect Pen, the 60C, the Ambassador and the De Luxe (to name but a few). The De Luxe usually has the Leicester Dragon (the Wyvern image) on both the barrel and the nib, though there doesn't seem to be absolute consistency about which models had the nibs with the images. Some clips have the Wyvern image too. At the very top end of the post-war range there were crocodile-skin, lizard-skin and pigskin pens. These are highly regarded and go for a high price.
Wyvern made excellent nibs, varying from rigid to very flexible. Some of the later pens had very small nibs. The gold plating on the post-war pens tends to be pretty poor. It pays to approach repair with caution, as some Wyvern sections have a left-hand thread.
Posted 17 July 2011 - 10:42
Among the pens you mention, the Perfect Pen, 60 C, Ambassador and Deluxe, were any of those "flagship" models for the company? All of them? On the other end of the spectrum, did they run budget lines or sub-brands? Read somewhere that they apparently made a lot of promotional and advertising pens, most of them not branded with the Wyvern name.
Thanks again for the help.
Posted 17 July 2011 - 11:36
Yes, Wyvern made lots of pens for other companies so they can turn up under many other names.
I'm no expert on the brand, and I can only go on those I've seen. The Perfect Pen was probably about the bottom of the range, but plating aside it was a good pen and has survived in large numbers. Some of the others like the De Luxe and the Ambassador were clearly higher in the range, often with broad cap rings, boldly patterned celluloid and cowled clips. I hope that someone with a better knowledge of the various models will chime in.
Posted 17 July 2011 - 12:51
I think they made some cheapies under the "Orium" brand name. I would also avoid the 202, 303, 404 series, which I have often found to be wanting.
Without wishing to plug my own wares too much, there is a very nice Ambassador set here;
Posted 17 July 2011 - 14:01
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:53
Shameless plug here - I will soon be listing a new, unused Wyvern 81 Perfect pen, broad nib in plain black, fully overhauled in its box with papers.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 15:15
PELIKAN 800 (Binder xxxf) Green striated.
Pelikan 140 f & xf
DuoFold (1955) italic
PFM V xf
Collection of 200+ Wyverns
Posted 15 August 2011 - 23:13
To show that they also made pens for others, you can get these saying Ingersoll, Kenbar, Regent on them.
The leather covered ones are fun:
and as stated earlier the very old ones are nice:
but the vast majority are just a little inferior - the cap bands are often loose as well as brassed. However the big button fillers do have quite a presence.
Posted 24 August 2011 - 14:04
I have two Wyverns at the moment, one is a Perfect Pen 60C and the other is tucked away and I can't get to it at the moment, but it's very similar to the 60C, if not the same model. Pretty, like I said, but I would like to step up a notch. Not sure I could expect to be taken seriously if I hauled out a pen wrapped in alligator, though it would be fun to have hidden away at home. But a prewar 84 would be interesting to try.
Wardok, are those all your own pens? If so, what a fantastic collection! I'd like to see garnet's too.