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Hello,

Apologies if this question has been asked before..

I recently bought a pen at a jumble which has the following on its barrel The "UNIQUE" Pen with MADE IN ENGLAND stamped underneath it. The nib has the following on it "UNIQUE" with 14 CT beneath it.

I seem to remember having seen pens for sale advertised as made by The Unique Pen Co; but googling Unique is not that helpful.

Is there some kind person who can shed light on the history of this company and the pens they made please?

The one I have does not have any model markings, is made of black plastic, is a lever filler with a screw cap and capped is 5 inches long.

Many thanks

Terry

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Googling the "The Unique Pen" can be very frustrating, because everyone thinks their pen is unique, so you get nothing but unrelated returns!

 

The Unique is a fascinating pen company, beginning in the mid-twenties in London. Initially, like Conway Stewart, they may have imported pens to sell under their own name but quite soon they were manufacturing pens themselves. Like Mentmore, many of their pens were lower priced but they made some excellent pens all the same. By the thirties they were producing colourful plastic pens with gold nibs and more economical steel-nibbed ones. Post-war, they turned out mostly cheap and cheerful mass market pens with either gold or steel nibs. It seems likely that they acted as sub-contractors for other companies - some of the Eversharp and Kingswood pens appear to have been made by Unique. Like many another British pen company Unique struggled by the mid-fifties and the company failed in 1958.

 

That's a very skeletal outline - there's a lot of research left to be done on The Unique Pen Company.

~Deborah

 

goodwriterspens.com/

 

 

www.goodwriterspensales.com/

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Deborah,

Thanks for your reply.

If I find out any more about this company I shall share it with this forum.

Kind regards

Terry

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Any prior inquiries notwithstanding, this is the first I have read.

Thank you, Terry, for a question I would never have asked.

Thank you, Deborah, for your answer that adds to my education.

Now, I have this to share as needed.

 

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Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn.
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen:
Verweile doch, du bist so schön !

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Yes, I had and sold a lovely little Unique. Haven't seen one since. It was short but broad, so it fit the hand well. Deborah, love your blog.

Tim

Tim

 timsvintagepens.com and @timsvintagepens

 

 

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Yes, I had and sold a lovely little Unique. Haven't seen one since. It was short but broad, so it fit the hand well. Deborah, love your blog.

Tim

 

Thank you kindly, Tim.

~Deborah

 

goodwriterspens.com/

 

 

www.goodwriterspensales.com/

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It is interesting;

 

I got the Unique -Junior and came as far in finding out dates as to know it was a known

name and now added to my knowledge it was London based. Since earlier there has been

another Unique pen,unfortunately missing its cap, in a box. That one is the Unique de Luxe

withe silver coating. So, I have one antique and a more modern, both however lever filler.

Unique junior is blue plastic,steel nib also the same brand, On the De Luxe sits a German

steel nib "FACHMANN FEDER" .

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This could be a necro-post, but I wanted to record for other people that I bought a Unique, rose and black pattern, from the London Writing Equipment show for cheap and it's a great little pen. This is only place I have ever found that had any information about the company. I'll post a pic if anyone one is interested, but generally, wish I could find more of these nice little pens.

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This could be a necro-post, but I wanted to record for other people that I bought a Unique, rose and black pattern, from the London Writing Equipment show for cheap and it's a great little pen. This is only place I have ever found that had any information about the company. I'll post a pic if anyone one is interested, but generally, wish I could find more of these nice little pens.

 

I'm interested. A pic would be great.

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I'm interested. A pic would be great.

Me too. You might be surprised by the amount of information now available.

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