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#41 max dog

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:51

Hello FPN! Long time follower, first time poster.

MrThoth, I wonder if you'd be kind enough to give details of the pen furthest left in your second of the display close ups? Chrome with horizontal marks by the look of it.

Thanks in advance!

That one is the Townsend Tuxedo.  They came in either Sterling Silver cap or Rhodium plated cap models. I believe the one in the picture has a Rhodium plated cap, as the sterling silver cap would look like the 3rd one to the right.  In 2002/2003 the Tuxedo models switched from Sterling Silver to Rhodium plated caps, so I heard.  



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:02

Thanks for the reply max dog!
Think we might be talking about different pens as I thought the tuxedo had black barrel and metal cap; the pen I meant is all metal. The second picture in post #10 in this thread, pen furthest left, think it has stripes that go round the pen (unlike the more common along the length of the pen). Any idea what it is?

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:23

Thanks for the reply max dog!
Think we might be talking about different pens as I thought the tuxedo had black barrel and metal cap; the pen I meant is all metal. The second picture in post #10 in this thread, pen furthest left, think it has stripes that go round the pen (unlike the more common along the length of the pen). Any idea what it is?

Oh, I was looking at the wrong post.  The only Townsend I know of with circular pattern is the Citrine lacquer.  The pen in that picture is all metal as you say and it is hard to make out the pattern, but I think what appears as circular rings is a visual distortion in the picture.  My guess is, it is the Platinum plated Townsend which has a wavy vertical pattern that maybe could look like circular rings under certain lighting.  I guess Mr Toth can ultimately answer that for us.  


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 13:27

Oh, I was looking at the wrong post.  The only Townsend I know of with circular pattern is the Citrine lacquer.  The pen in that picture is all metal as you say and it is hard to make out the pattern, but I think what appears as circular rings is a visual distortion in the picture.  My guess is, it is the Platinum plated Townsend which has a wavy vertical pattern that maybe could look like circular rings under certain lighting.  I guess Mr Toth can ultimately answer that for us.


Ah, so we were talking about different pens and I haven't gone mad! I see your point about clarity, but I think the platinum wavy model appears in another of the photos. Hopefully MrTroth can clear it up when he sees this!

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 13:45

Hello FPN! Long time follower, first time poster.

MrThoth, I wonder if you'd be kind enough to give details of the pen furthest left in your second of the display close ups? Chrome with horizontal marks by the look of it.

Thanks in advance!

 

 

Sure thing. The all-chrome body with the horizontal rings around it is the Chrome Radial, SKU AT0047-34. It is (or was) a model primarily sold in England/Europe, which I believe is what the 47 in the SKU indicates.


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 13:53

Just for the sake of reference, here are all the silver Townsends (absent one, the Brush Platinum, which I got after taking this photo). In order from left to right, they are:

 

AT0046B-29 20th Anniversary Platinum Plated
AT0046CB-38 Japanese Cherry Blossom Brushed Platinum Plate
AT0046-1 Platinum Plated
 
656 Sterling Silver
536 Lustrous Chrome
536 Lustrous Chrome (black top on cap)
AT0047-31 Engraved Chrome
AT0047-34 Chrome Radial
506 Medalist
646 Quicksilver
626-1 Cyber Blue
 
Group 07 Silver Townsends Optimized.jpg

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 16:53

Thanks so much Mr Thoth! I was watching a similar one on eBay, but someone else bought it before me. Also, you have an amazing collection, thanks for for sharing your knowledge. I'm only just getting into Townsends, having been a cross owner and user for a few years. Incidentally, did I notice a Concorde pen in your collection? I have the rollerball version, but in the medallist finish. Didn't know there were others!

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 17:11

Always glad to pass along what I know. I keep meaning to create a website and/or book about Townsends, but haven't gotten around to doing anything more than creating a rough first draft of the book. Someday maybe I'll get it all done. ;)

 

There are two Concorde Cross Townsend pens that I'm aware of, one in Lustrous Chrome finish, and one in Quicksilver. (If there are SKUs for these pens, I don't know them.). If there's a Medalist Concorde fountain pen, I'd love to get one for my collection, but I've never seen it. Here's a picture of both, along with a picture of the Obama commemorative pen.

 

Concorde And Obama Optimized.jpg


Edited by MrThoth, 09 January 2018 - 17:12.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 23:11

Nice to see the others, now we know there are at least three finishes they used. I'll try to upload a photo of mine once I work out how to do so on here!

Oh, and I'd be very interested to see your book / website, think I would learn a lot.

Edited by Earthling_007, 09 January 2018 - 23:13.


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 16:43

Recently purchased a Townsend Tuxedo FP. I've always liked the simplicity of the design of the pen, especially the way it posts and closes. After a week with the pen I got the matching Tuxedo RB and was satisfied, for now. Then I wanted to add to the pair and found a Tuxedo BP, but in a version with a Sterling cap instead of the plated version. They're my everyday go to pens.....


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 18:22

I have 2 Sterling Silver Townsend FPs, but lately I've been really enjoying the plain jane Chrome Townsends as well.  The Chrome finish just looks clean and elegant, and the steel nibs have their own very nice feel and character different from the awesome 18K gold ones. Here is my Townsend Medalist.

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Edited by max dog, 15 January 2018 - 18:27.


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:33

As one who has been aware of this thread but never expressed his gratitude: it's a lovely collection and I feel thankful to Mr. Thoth for his kindness in sharing knowledge of his collection. I have only three Townsends, which puts me in the distant low foothills, nowhere near the peaks of collecting others have scaled.

 

But it's a pleasant pen to use, I think of it as underpriced, and I'm glad others, whether in the Carolinas or in East Asia, have done more of the heavy lifting.



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Posted 23 January 2018 - 15:24

Thanks! I'm always glad to talk about Townsends. ;)


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 16:48

I am not familiar Cross, are the Townsends still made in USA?



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Posted 24 January 2018 - 14:27

 

 

I am not familiar Cross, are the Townsends still made in USA?

 

They are not, according to my understanding. Years ago the production mostly moved to Ireland, and then all of it moved to China.

 

Here's how you can tell:  look at the word CROSS on the clip. If it's in a cursive font, the pen was made in the USA or Ireland (depending on date of manufacture, which I have no way of discerning at this time). If the letters are separate in a straight, san serif font, the pen was made in China.


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Posted 29 January 2018 - 12:54

They should just stick with the old "Made in...." to lessen future confusions.  In the pen world, I am quite wary with stand alone "USA" because it doesn´t tell me anything.  The French makers are notorious for doing this with "France".



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:12

Fantastic collection!!!!


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Posted 24 February 2018 - 13:41

I still can't get over the first picture on this thread.  I've now managed to build a collection of a grand total of TWO Townsend fountain pens, might splash out for a third shortly (the Chinese New Year 2018 special edition is very tempting).  

 

I'm not sure I'll ever get close to some of the collections noted here. @jealous



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Posted 26 February 2018 - 15:09

 

 

might splash out for a third shortly (the Chinese New Year 2018 special edition is very tempting)

 

I get that; the Asian zodiac pens are pretty cool. I am hoping that someday they will make a Townsend that's the same beautiful teal color as the Year Of The Monkey 2016 pen (which had a Sauvage body, not Townsend). I'd love to have a Townsend with that body color.


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Posted 05 April 2018 - 19:24

So there is really just one "sterling" townsend with 18k nib model?  Does anyone know the years this sterling townsend was made? 








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