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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:59
Apologies if this question has been asked before..
I recently bought a pen at a jumble which has the following on its barrel The "UNIQUE" Pen with MADE IN ENGLAND stamped underneath it. The nib has the following on it "UNIQUE" with 14 CT beneath it.
I seem to remember having seen pens for sale advertised as made by The Unique Pen Co; but googling Unique is not that helpful.
Is there some kind person who can shed light on the history of this company and the pens they made please?
The one I have does not have any model markings, is made of black plastic, is a lever filler with a screw cap and capped is 5 inches long.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:48
The Unique is a fascinating pen company, beginning in the mid-twenties in London. Initially, like Conway Stewart, they may have imported pens to sell under their own name but quite soon they were manufacturing pens themselves. Like Mentmore, many of their pens were lower priced but they made some excellent pens all the same. By the thirties they were producing colourful plastic pens with gold nibs and more economical steel-nibbed ones. Post-war, they turned out mostly cheap and cheerful mass market pens with either gold or steel nibs. It seems likely that they acted as sub-contractors for other companies - some of the Eversharp and Kingswood pens appear to have been made by Unique. Like many another British pen company Unique struggled by the mid-fifties and the company failed in 1958.
That's a very skeletal outline - there's a lot of research left to be done on The Unique Pen Company.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 14:43
Thanks for your reply.
If I find out any more about this company I shall share it with this forum.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 14:57
Thank you, Terry, for a question I would never have asked.
Thank you, Deborah, for your answer that adds to my education.
Now, I have this to share as needed.
Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn.
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen:
Verweile doch, du bist so schön !
Posted 27 January 2013 - 15:06
Posted 27 January 2013 - 15:56
Yes, I had and sold a lovely little Unique. Haven't seen one since. It was short but broad, so it fit the hand well. Deborah, love your blog.
Thank you kindly, Tim.
Posted 22 February 2016 - 14:40
It is interesting;
I got the Unique -Junior and came as far in finding out dates as to know it was a known
name and now added to my knowledge it was London based. Since earlier there has been
another Unique pen,unfortunately missing its cap, in a box. That one is the Unique de Luxe
withe silver coating. So, I have one antique and a more modern, both however lever filler.
Unique junior is blue plastic,steel nib also the same brand, On the De Luxe sits a German
steel nib "FACHMANN FEDER" .