Ormiston & Glass began making fountain pens in 1902 and continued until, perhaps, 1920. They made some excellent pens and stylos.
This rather strange pen doesn’t fit either of those categories. After studying it for a while I’ve concluded that it isn’t an eyedropper filler that uses dip nibs, but simply – or perhaps not so simply – a dip pen.
No ink flows from the “reservoir” to the nib. Also, as the two parts of the barrel simply slide together, it isn’t ink-tight. So it’s a dip pen. Why the accessible hollow barrel, then? And the slip cap, not usually a feature of dip pens?
I can only speculate but perhaps it is an attempt at a comprehensive solution for the secretary of the day. The hollow barrel could be used to contain extra nibs, and the slip cap would enable the pen to be carried in a pocket.
The pen is wonderfully well made. All the parts slide together firmly and the machining is of a very high quality. Though I’m not quite sure how it fits into the grand scheme of things, it’s a delightful small part of pen history.