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Yard O Led Victorian From 1986


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#1 hari317

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:57

I recently got a chance to purchase this Victorian from an estate reseller in TN, USA. With the ample assistance of my friend Pelman, I was able to own this one. This pen is quite interesting to me and I will try to show it through some pictures and in the process document this variant on FPN:

Capped:
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The nib unit: I like this style of nib. The flat triangular monotone nib contrats nicely with the silver body and silver trim rings on the section. The cap is secured in a two way action. Friction between the inner cap and the upper section ring and finally the cap lip engages with the lower section ring. The cap is a push fit rather than a snap fit like modern. The section is ribbed for better grip.

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The older YOLs have an amazing workmanship, the depth of the work on this piece is amazing:

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A cleanly struck "Made in England" stamp:
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Cap Hallmarks: The Lion Mark indicates Sterling silver, The leopard head indicates that the finished pen was assayed by the London assay office.
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The barrel hallmarks: Maker mark, Sterling Silver, London Assay Office, assayed in 1986 (M). The London assay office does not provide a date letter guide, however post 1975 all assay offices follow an uniform date letter code : link, so the Birmingham assay office information is valid in this case.
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The pen ends on this pen are sharp and flat, not domed like the modern counterparts:
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The pen came in a red velvet covered metal snap box with two papers:
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This sticker is placed underneath the box, perhaps the model number of the pen at that time?
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A comparison shot with a 1999 Victorian Grand with a writing sample in the background.
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I hope this comparison was useful.

Cheers!
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#2 rochester21

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 13:30

very interesting fp, thanks for the review(although i would have liked to read more about the actual writing performance).

Edited by rochester21, 21 October 2012 - 13:32.


#3 hari317

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 13:45

very interesting fp, thanks for the review(although i would have liked to read more about the actual writing performance).


Thanks! Actually this review is more in continuation of my previous YOL reviews documenting their somewhat older FPs.

This was a used pen and need some work. The pen was full of dried ink, so a major cleaning was involved, the nib met with a mishap while I was setting up the pen(never work on pens at 1am !!) but at the end of the day, I could make the pen write well as can be seen in the writing sample.

The nib is quite springy, it is a 14Ct nib unit, the pens that I have seen from 1992 onwards have the 18C conventionally shaped nibs.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 15:23

It did. I'd seen the older black sections, but I've never until now seen a nib like this. :notworthy1:

#5 hari317

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 11:06

I'd seen the older black sections, but I've never until now seen a nib like this. :notworthy1:

Yes, I had been chasing ones with these kind of nibs on ebay for a while.
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#6 Abhik

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 13:04

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#7 pelman

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 14:43

A very nice comparison Hari. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

You know I had that pen with me for a almost a month. I hadn't picked up some of the details you mentioned and of course the nib is completely different from the other YOLs. I didn't appreciate the pen as much as I do after reading your review and now I can't see the darn pen in person. :bonk:

As ususal lovely photography.

#8 Montblanc owner and lover

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 20:59

great pen and very interesting review!congrats :notworthy1:
A people can be great withouth a great pen but a people who love great pens is surely a great people too... Pens owned actually: MB 146 EF;Pelikan M200 SE Clear Demonstrator 2012 B;Parker 17 EF;Parker 51 EF;Waterman Expert II M,Waterman Hemisphere M;Waterman Carene F and Stub;Pilot Justus 95 F. Nearly owned: MB 149 B(Circa 2002);Conway Stewart Belliver LE bracket Brown IB.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 23:41

Have you thought about selling them yet? Keep my name in mind! :thumbup:

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:25

Hari, you're killing me with all your YOL pictures!!

Umm, more? LOL

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:33

nice review and pics!
thanks!
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#12 hari317

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:40

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A very nice comparison Hari. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

You know I had that pen with me for a almost a month. I hadn't picked up some of the details you mentioned and of course the nib is completely different from the other YOLs. I didn't appreciate the pen as much as I do after reading your review and now I can't see the darn pen in person. :bonk:

As ususal lovely photography.

Thanks Abhik, Pelman.

great pen and very interesting review!congrats :notworthy1:

Thanks!

Have you thought about selling them yet? Keep my name in mind! :thumbup:

I might never sell this one. I have now enough older ones so the ones I bought brand new last year or so will be up for sale soon.

Hari, you're killing me with all your YOL pictures!!
Umm, more? LOL

:)

nice review and pics!
thanks!

Thanks!

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 15:21

What a pen!!!
The pen I write with, is the pen I use to sign my name.

#14 hari317

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 17:18

What a pen!!!

absolutely! :)
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#15 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:09

looks nice :thumbup: thanks for sharing
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 17:16

Hi,
This was the first fountain pen we made . Both these pens look as though they have hardly been used. The
pattern is as crisp as it was when it was first made.

#17 hari317

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 17:44

Hi,
This was the first fountain pen we made . Both these pens look as though they have hardly been used. The
pattern is as crisp as it was when it was first made.

very nice to know that these were the early FPs made. Thank you.
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#18 flipper_gv

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 01:03

Who produced those nibs? That looks a lot like Montblanc work of those years.



#19 pennymann

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 15:34

This pen was made for YOL by a London pen company which went bust years ago. I think most nib units were
German or Swiss .
I had forgotten that this model had been chased and it would have been done by a London chaser.
As they could only do small numbers I would say this pen is quite rare, we never sold many of these
anyway. An excellent find.

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Posted 28 August 2019 - 05:30

Thanks for the information pennyman and Hari.  I have one of these as well (acquired via E-bay last year and I'm going to be posting a review in a few days) but in the barley pattern.  It's a delightful pen and different to the later ones I have.


Edited by Historyguy, 28 August 2019 - 05:40.







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