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Sterling Silver Eye Dropper Pen From Raja - Any Idea?

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#1 kats17

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 12:14

Hi today I got a new pen. I found it unique. Don't know about its previous user. Got it from a local dealer for reasonable price. It is a sterling silver pen with 14k gold nib.

It shows a "made in" ENGLAND in cap and 925 embossed in the Body.

The clip shows the brand name Raja.

 

Are these pens known?

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#2 sirgilbert357

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 14:01

I'm not very knowledgeable about vintage stuff, but I'm betting someone will be along soon that knows something about the brand.

Very ornate and beautiful pen, though. Have you inked it up yet?

#3 PaulS

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 14:21

Hi - are there any hallmarks on the silver  -  Made in England Sterling items usually carry some hallmarks somewhere on the silverwork - date code for the year plus the lion passant and town marks  -  often the makers initials too.    These things can help to date a pen.


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#4 hari317

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 15:17

This is very interesting. Can you pls post a close up of the imprint on the nib?
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Posted 15 June 2019 - 23:38

The clip is an add-on for convenience based on the brand and different finish.

 

Lovely piece. What a great find!


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Posted 16 June 2019 - 11:07

It isn't a style I have seen before but would say that it dates from the later 1920's to mid 1930's.

 

As Marlow said, the clip is an added later item.

 

I don't think the nib is UK production, so my assessment is that it is a locally produced pen with a bought in overlay so that it has the added cudos of 'England' on it. I doubt if it has a hallmark as .925 is Sterling Silver in which case it would have said so and been hallmarked (but cost more to buy).



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Posted 17 June 2019 - 16:34

Thank you everyone for the appreciation and the additional info. I haven't inked it yet.
The cap shows additional "RAJA" embossed on it.

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 16:35

It isn't a style I have seen before but would say that it dates from the later 1920's to mid 1930's.

 

As Marlow said, the clip is an added later item.

 

I don't think the nib is UK production, so my assessment is that it is a locally produced pen with a bought in overlay so that it has the added cudos of 'England' on it. I doubt if it has a hallmark as .925 is Sterling Silver in which case it would have said so and been hallmarked (but cost more to buy).

 

Actually you can see the .925 mark in one of the photos!


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 09:50

You might want to try the Regional Focus -> Great Britain & Ireland - Europe subforum to get more information.  This post mentions RAJA as a known brand:

 

http://www.fountainp...rope/?p=3217316

 

and also this one:

 

http://www.fountainp...ad-to-the-list/


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#10 kats17

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 13:45

@intensity
Thanks a lot for pointing in the right direction!





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