…is not the model name of the pen, but it is what is embossed in the place one usually finds a maker’s imprint; the point bears the National Security marks. This pen was either bought for in-house use by Eccles Quilts, or for use as a promotional item. Since I can find no trace of this company in easily-found records, I can’t say for certain which it might be. I suspect, however, that they may have been in the business of making quilts.
The main reason I have this pen is the name Eccles, which was one of the characters on BBC radio’s Goon Show, something my parents got me hooked on as a child thanks to the magic of 33¹⁄3 LP recording. This may not be that Eccles, but the connection was irresistable. A foolish bowing to nostalgia.
Not that I regret it. The point is the sort of flexible object that so many vintage English pens sport, utterly delightlful to write with of one isn’t unnerved by flex. There is a certain irony in a flexible pen having a maker of carbon paper in back of it, one which I’m sure the troupe of Goons would have savoured.
Update: An informant reveals that Eccles Quilts mixed itself in with five other quilt-making entities in 1929 to become Quilt Manufacturers and later Vantona Textiles. This of course has nothing to do with pens, either this one or generally, apart from giving a very firm final date of possible impression. But knowledge is power, and now you’ve got a little extra– use it wisely.
Maker: National Security.
Production Run: c. 1920 – c. 1929
Cost When New: Unknown, but with an advertising impression like this one suspects it was a give-away.
Size: 14.0 cm long capped, 17.4 cm posted, 13.1 cm uncapped.
Point: 14K Gold (or 14Ct, for local preference).
Body: Chased black hard rubber.
Filler: Lever, approx. capacity 1.0 ml.
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