The Pento “Truda”
January 13, 2013 2 Comments
This one is quite a rarity – a Pento “Truda” eyedropper, made by W.J. May & Co Ltd of May pen Works, East Twickenham, London. The company had a short life, from 1923 to 1928 when it failed. It’s probably most famous for the Pento Capless but it made more conventional eyedroppers and lever fillers as well.
This example, probably one of their earliest pens, is a straightforward eyedropper filler in black chased hard rubber with a slip cap. Perhaps its most eye-catching feature is the splendid May’sPerfect No 8 nib. If quality were all that it takes for a company to survive, Pento would be with us yet, because this is a very well-made pen. A combination of low investment and development costs of a new and complex pen seem to have been the cause of the company’s demise.
The “Truda” (I wonder what that meant, if anything) is a memento of a briefly-lived early pen company, but it is more than that. It’s an excellent pen that suggests what we may have lost in future models through the company’s untimely end.