Another No Name Mottled Hard Rubber Lever Filler

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.

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I restore fountain pens, and used to trade as redripple52 in eBay. I also have my own fountain pen sales website, www.goodwriterssales.com

6 Responses to Another No Name Mottled Hard Rubber Lever Filler

  1. Have you recieved any with an “M” on a lolipop lever? There was a company in the UK called The May Pen Company and they used to mark their pens with this as their logo. If you do have some please let me know as I am very interested in these and there are not many aroiund these days. They were made of mottled red hard rubber or black hard rubber and were made in Liverpool. The company was my great grandfathers.
    Regards
    Rard Changizi

    • Hi Rard,

      That’s a fascinating story. I haven’t come across any pens with an ‘M’ on the lever as you describe but I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them and if I find one I’ll let you know. I buy a lot of pens every week and most things turn up eventually. Thanks for telling me.
      Best Regards,
      Deb

  2. Mat says:

    Hello, I’ve just received eight pens from my Granny’s estate (she died at 100 years old this year, having maintained health and marbles till the end, and… I could go on – but pertinently, she looked after everything she owned), of which four were on my wish list and the others were mostly fantastic too. Anyway, among them was a Twofold No 1, which I think I read on your blog somewhere was a pre-Wyvern Wyvern! Anyway, it has the three-lobed dingus lever too. Doesn’t help you ID this, but just goes to show the pre-Wyvern Wyvern chappies also weren’t above using generic levers at the time.

    Btw, the cap is missing! The only one of Granny’s pens that didn’t come complete, and it’s the one with an irreplaceable cap! It does have a wee Waterman flex nib in it though, so my Great-Grandpa must have been a pen-fiddler too! He was an engineer, so perhaps not so surprising!

    • Hi Mat,

      I don’t think it’s pre-Wyvern. Wyvern is one of the oldest British pen companies and was around for quite some time before that pen/pencil combo was made. Like several other companies, Wyvern did not manufacture all the parts of their pens. Particularly for the cheap pens, items like levers that could be bought in cheaply were used. Sorry to hear that the cap is missing. I’m sure you could find a better use for a flex Waterman nib!

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