The restoration of this Pullman Pen was without a doubt, a bit of a 'Tour De Force' for me to do!
There were several stages of the repairs which had to be done, before the re-assembly of the actual pen could be done.
Firstly, the casein covering over the cap was badly cracked, [as they usually are, because the casein is very thin, and with moisture and dryness, the casein cannot shrink, because it is mounted on the metal barrel of the pen!] and that coupled with a couple of 'missing pieces' in the black and pearl pattern, meant that I had to 'fill' the gaps with dyed resin!
The nib was in a terrible state, [in fact it looked as though it may have been used as a dart at some sad point in it's life!] So I re-shaped it.
The little 'trap-door' of the pen was also separate from the cap, so that had to be re-set in place.
The pen needed to be re-sacked, [not that anyone in their right mind would want to actually use such a fragile writing instrument].
As you have probably noticed from the 'before' photographs above, the clip had been broken off at the base of the triangular piece [with the letter 'P' inscribed on it], so I wanted to try to use that piece if at all possible, as I have never come across an inscribed clip like that before. I found a 'donor-clip' [with a 'dog-leg' profile], to sit snugly underneath the triangular piece of the original clip. This had to be re-shaped, and I had to drill two holes through the donor clip, so that the two prongs could grip the cap body, but before I could put it in place, I had to drill away the casein underneath to take up the space [approximately the same thickness of the casein layer, which was lucky!] I used 'slow cure Araldite adhesive' to secure the assembled clip in place, taped it up, and left things to set overnight. It is now very secure, and makes a very satisfying 'click' when tested using my finger-nail!
The last stage of the monumental restoration project, was to assemble the pen. So I telephoned a long standing pen enthusiast friend of mine to discuss it with him. He was nearly as excited about it as I was! Such is the pleasure of being a dedicated Pen-Nerd, at times!
It was without a doubt one of the hardest repairs that I have ever undertaken.