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Bulb-Filler

Maker: Eclipse

The sort of bargain pen which the Canadian branch of the company ended up relying upon during the Depression.  One assumes that if a catalogue were to appear, it would have a model number, if not a name.  It is difficult to tell from the picture below (alas, my terrible previous camera!), but the barrel is translucent, allowing a fine notion of how much ink is left in it.

Production Run: c. 1930  - c. 1940; a very approximate range, as there is little to be found on the matter.  If you have a catalogue or price-list with any sense of actual dates on it, I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Size: 12.6 cm long capped, 15.5 cm posted.

Point: Plated steel.

Body: Celluloid.

Filler: Bulb.

This pen is one of the better examples of having raised a wreck back to a state of function. Let me lay out the repairs: Cleared out barrel and breather tube of old ink (on the latter, one may shout, "You got lucky!); tapped out point and feed, cleared the feed channels, and ground away damaged portion of tipping; replaced bulb with rubber sac-end; replaced decorative black and white tassie on the blind cap with one carefully sawn from a donor pen. This image not to same scale as most portraits.

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