I just bought a 18K Gold-filled Cross Townsend with a 18K BB nib from eBay, and I just wanted to ask the experts here if my pen is authentic and made in the USA. It has the script "Cross" logo on the clip, and an 18K hallmark for the rolled gold finish, but there is no marking of the country of origin on the pen itself. The pen itself writes well from the get-go, with some nib squeaking which should probably go away with use. At first I tried using a green Cross converter, but it leaked all over the place. The pen didn't leak when I switched to cartridges.
Here are some pictures for your perusal. Thanks in advance!
The whole pen.
First view of the script logo and the 18K hallmark.
Second view of the script logo and the 18K hallmark.
The nib section with an ink cartridge inserted in. I tried using a new green Cross converter but it leaked all over the place.
Close-up of the 18K BB nib. It appears that Cross has discontinued the BB size, instead only offering F, M and B sizes nowadays.
Closeup of the feed.
Edited by shuuemura, 10 September 2013 - 08:19.