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Button Filler

Maker: Eclipse

Another example of the sort of inexpensive pen Eclipse in its Canadian form was best known for.  This is a later example, given the sort of plastic it’s made from.

Production Run: c. 1940  – c. 1960; 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: 13.4 cm long capped, 15.5 cm posted, 12.1 cm uncapped.

Point: Plated steel.

Body: Polystyrene.

Filler: Button, capacity approximately 0.7 ml.

One of the things I find endearing about it is the all-transparent body. One might call it a "demonstrator", although by what I expect is the time of this pen, no one was particularly dazzled by a button filler. Still, it is kind of interesting to see how the short press of the button leads to a full compression of the sac... if you're strange like me.

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