Picked up a couple of Artcraft pens and thought I would start a photo thread on these less known pens. If you have some, please show them!
This is a Ford’s DeLuxe fountain pen in brown pearl and black marbled celluloid c. 1930-1934. This 4 7/8 inch long lever fill pen was made by the Artcraft Pen Company of Birmingham, Alabama. Originally advertised as Cromer Artcraft, the company was named for Ford Cromer, and existed from about 1920 to 1934. Early Artcraft pens followed the market leading Parker Duofold with a $5 “black tipped lacquer red” Life-Long model as early as 1923. Use of the Ford name appears in the 1930s and can be seen in advertising as late as 1933. Examples of Ford pens include Ford’s, Ford’s Jr. and Ford’s DeLuxe models in a variety of colors. The trim on this example is lightly gold plated and shows a lot of wear. There is no barrel imprint. The nib is a Warranted 14K type.