YARD-O-LED FOUNTAIN PEN STERLING + 14 kt NIB. A NEARLY NEVER USED MATCHING PENCIL. ORIGINAL 1990s "THE VICEROY" STYLE. Both Entirely Handmade in England.Some might say that this 100% hand made British fountain pen is an excellent writing instrument for a first attempt by a company that had offered only artisanal mechanical pencils in the past. Actually, though, it is a very fine writing instrument by any standard, period. Yard-O-Led is the successor company to Edward Baker and Sons which was, in turn, the successor company to Sampson Mordan and Co.
The company whose founder patented the world's first mechanical pencil that actually worked in 1823. Never recovered after their factory was bombed by the Nazis during World War II, and ceased operations completely by 1952 after nearly 130 years in the artisanal pencil and sterling silver novelties business.After that, their proud tradition was carried on by friends and relatives at Edward Baker and Sons. The Bakers began hand-manufacturing Yard-O-Led branded pencils in 1936, which early on were also hallmarked E. After the destruction of Mordan and Co. However, the Bakers dedicated themselves more and more to keeping alive Mordan's Victorian and pre-Victorian designs. Eventually, Yard-O-Led became a standalone brand in its own right.
Other than dip pens made in the 1800s by S. And an Edward Baker fountain pen that was made very briefly in the 1930s, none of these companies had any experience building anything in the writing instrument field except for mechanical pencils.Yard-O-Led reluctantly added ballpoint pens to their lines in the 1970s, but never produced another fountain pen until the late 1990s or early 2000s. Nevertheless, it is absolutely malfunction free, with a Mntblanc-like two-tone 18 kt. Nib that glides VERY smoothly over paper and NEVER skips.
One detail about it that always amazes me is that the cap liner grips the section gently enough that there is never any irritating suction that creates an unpleasant noise or causes ink to splatter out of the feed, yet it is so airtight that the pen can be set aside for long periods of time without the ink drying out. The nib is definitely 18 kt, with the purity marking far enough to the rear that it is hidden by the section, and has white metal tipping material for smoothness and durability. The outer edge and center of the nib show the gold, while a "V" shaped strip between those two areas is covered by a rhodium inlay for a lovely, two-tone effect.The fountain pen accepts standard European ink cartridges, both long and short. It can also be fitted with a standard European piston-type bottle converter for using your favorite inks.
The idea behind the Yard-O-Led concept is that the pencils hold 12 six-inch leads, one ready to write with and 11 more in reserve in individual metal slots in the upper part of the sterling silver barrel. The Yard-O-Led mechanism is one of the first that could reliably both advance and retract the lead by rotating a knob-like finial or, in the case of this "The Viceroy" model, the top or cap of the pencil.Yard-O-Led, ever the guardian of British writing instrument tradition, has stuck with this same mechanical design since the 1930s. In addition to keeping this traditional mechanism alive in our modern age, Yard-O-Led has stubbornly continued producing all of its products entirely by hand. To give some idea of the lengths to which they are willing to go to bring forth writing instruments that are absolutely unique in the marketplace in this regard: IT TAKES 86 BLOWS OF THE HAMMER JUST TO FORM THE DISTINCTIVE POCKET CLIP! Then it is attached using two rivets -- a very nice, artisanal touch, indeed. The fountain pen has had quite a bit of use and is in excellent pre-owned condition. Anything that looks like "dings" is actually British hallmarks representing sterling as well as the city and year of production. The same goes for the pencil. The pencil had very little use when it was set aside and is still in near-NOS condition. The pencil comes with its original wooden box, booklet and red leather case. It's definitely 100% British made and so marked, along with all of the expected hallmarks, and definitely NOT an item given away to subscribers, given the original price of hundreds of British pounds! Both clips are in original condition and undistorted, meeting the caps where they must for a good grip on one's pocket, and will NOT snag cloth of any kind. THIS EXAMPLE'S NIB HAS NO PROBLEMS OF ANY KIND, PERIOD, WRITES LIKE A DREAM, AND HAS NO INITIALS, PERSONALIZATIONS, DINGS, SCUFFS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT! Of course I will miss them, but I have made a firm decision to rationalize my collections. In short, I can no longer keep them all. So, here's an opportunity to own a pair of excellent writing instruments featuring traditional British quality craftsmanship at an excellent price. Again they are not mass-produced, but entirely handmade, to the extent of requiring 86 blows of the hammer just to shape the tiny pocket clip. The result is rare, pocket-sized treasures that few people can own at any price!
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Yes, we sell such items on consignment. Please try to describe what you have and/or include photographs if possible. The item "Early YARD-O-LED Sterling 18kt Fountain Pen AND Matching Pencil HANDMADE ENGLAND" is in sale since Monday, October 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Pens\Fountain Pens\Other Fountain Pens".
The seller is "magistertempli" and is located in Tonganoxie, Kansas. This item can be shipped worldwide.