July 23, 2014 3 Comments
This rather ordinary-looking eyedropper filler has a bit more to it than meets the eye – at least at first glance. It seems that you have the choice of filling it in the usual way, by unscrewing the section, or, in this case, by removing a screw-in plug at the end of the barrel and filling from there. I’m not sure what the benefit is in that or even if there’s a benefit at all. It may be just another place that has the potential to leak ink. That aside, it’s quite a conventional eyedropper pen, slender, with an over and under feed and engine chasing on the barrel but not on the tight fitting cap.
Stamped at a slight angle on the barrel is “Pento Sydney”. Stephen Hull,in his The English Fountain Pen Industry 1875 – 1975 records the Pento pen but his various references to it are all in the 1920s. This would seem to me to be quite a bit earlier than that, which is really all I can say about it. It may well be that the company began rather earlier.
Pento was one of those companies allied to Langs of Liverpool. The company was set up by WJ May at the Maypen Works in Twickenham. It went on to produce lever fillers and later a capless pen which does not appear to have been a success. The company was wound up with a considerable loss in 1927.(ibid).