Quite a few No-Name mottled hard rubber nineteen twenties and thirties pens have been coming my way recently. This is a Very Good Thing as despite their variations, these pens usually share the characteristic of being well made. Mottled hard rubber comes in wide variety of patterns from the wholly abstract to quite convincing woodgrain, knots and all. The intensity of the colours varies too, partly through oxidisation over time but also because each MHR mix is a little different.
This beauty has a slightly Duofold-ish look to it, with its straight sides and milled clip screw. The clip once had gold plating but it is no more. The plating has held up better on the cap ring and the lever.
That lever with the little three-lobed dingus appears on a lot of no-name pens from this period. I assume that it’s an off-the-shelf part that manufacturers bought in, often to use on pens that would not bear their own name.
It’s always fun to try to spot resemblances that will enable us to identify the pen’s manufacturer. It’s a pretty fruitless exercise. That handsomely stepped section says “Burnham” to me, but who knows? The small warranted nib is a delight, being both broad and flexible.
We sometimes underrate pens because no manufacturer’s name is on the barrel but this pen, and others like it, compares well with the named output of many pen makers.