Despite not being quite what you what you would have been expecting, this is a good looking, substantial pen. It is very smart in glossy jet black celluloid with gold trim including triple cap rings and is well made, I doubt that it was cheap. Both ends of the pen are rounded and the clip is the washer type. It's Burnham origins are probably given away by the Gothic 'B' stamped into the top of the clip. Overall the pen is very well made. If I have one issue, it is that I find the section a little narrow for the size of the pen. Talking about size, the pen is 135mm long capped, 162mm posted (which it does nicely) and about 11mm barrel diameter. Being celluloid, the pen is not heavy at 17g including ink.
Technically this is a classic British fountain pen that could have been made any time over several decades. The filler consists of a lever fill mechanism with a J-bar and a lollipop shaped lever which carries a Sun imprint, it takes a size 20 ink sac so should have plenty of capacity. The section is a friction fit to the barrel and the nib/feed are also friction fit. Nothing out of the ordinary but reliable and simple. The nib is a 14ct warranted 1st quality nib, I think that this is original. The nib is a little scratchy but usable, it just needs a little tweak to smooth it. It has a small amount of flex but nothing really usable, rather it makes this medium nib feel soft in use.
The nib writes with a medium/broad stroke and is reasonably wet. You can see a writing sample below:
So all in all, it is a well made, largish traditional British fountain pen. The condition is great, I doubt that it has seen a lot of use. The simplicity of the design means that it is easy to fix when it goes wrong. The cost to me was £25 which seems reasonable for this type of pen, especially considering it's good condition. It was a curiosity purchase and curiosity sated, it will probably be sold on along with a few other pens as I want to slim things down a little. It would make a great purchase for anyone wanting to get into vintage pens.
Appearance & Design 7
Construction & Quality 9
Weight & Dimensions 7
Nib & Performance 7
Filling System & Maintenance 9
Cost & Value 7
Conclusion 46/60 or 77%