January 31, 2012 2 Comments
This pen was listed in eBay as an Osmiroid, which it clearly isn’t. It looked like a Summit to me. Though the photos were quite small, the nib could be seen to be white metal and I guessed that the seller had taken the name on the nib to apply to the whole pen. What puzzled me was that there was obviously engraving on the clip which, I imagined, would surely identify what the pen really was. Knowing that I wouldn’t be the only potential buyer to realise that there was more here than met the eye, I bid high. As expected, it didn’t go for peanuts but it sold for a lot less than it would have if it had been properly described.
When it arrived, I could see why the seller hadn’t been able to make much of the inscription on the clip. The circles make the name very hard to read. Even knowing what I was likely to see there, I found it hard to distinguish. I’ve seen this shape of Summit with that clip before but not with the circles. My guess would put it at around 1938.
Here’s the cause of the confusion: an Osmiroid 35 nib. If you broke your nib and needed a cheap replacement in a hurry, these were the ones to go for. They turn up in the most unexpected of pens!
Sadly, for once, I don’t have a spare Summit nib lying around so I’ll have to wait until one turns up.