I’ve restored quite a few Kingswoods over the years. I’ve had my own ideas about them, and who made them – some maybe half right and others probably completely wrong. I think the question remains unanswered, though, or not conclusively answered at any rate. – who made the Kingwoods?
Eversharp had a British presence from as far back as the 1920s, though initially I suspect that they were only importers from the American parent company. By the 1930s, trade advertisements asserted that Eversharp pens were made in London, as well as in Toronto and Chicago.* These pens were the same as the USA range. If it is true that they were also made in London, there’s no indication who manufactured them.
The Kingswood range was introduced in 1940, with the models 146, 260 and 376*. I’ve never seen any of these earliest pens.
This, I believe, is one of the 1946 models, priced then at 10/6d. “Waudok” has stated in a comment to this blog that he believes that these lever-filler pens were made by Unique and the button-filler pens of the same period were made by Valentine. Stephen Hull* believes that both these types of pen were probably made by Valentine.
To muddy the water further, “Northlodge”, in a recent post to FPN, showed a button-filler Kingswood that he believes was made by Langs, and, frankly, I’m convinced that he’s right.
So did all those companies make Kingswoods under contract at different times? Who made the Eversharp nibs that they are usually fitted with? Were they imported from America? Enquiring minds wish to know.
Though it won’t help in answering these questions, I’d like to build up an image library of the various Kingswood models for reference. All I have is the type illustrated here and the later, more streamlined version. I expect I’ll come across them all eventually, but it could take years, so if any of you have Kingswoods that you could photograph and allow me to publish here I’d be grateful.
*Stephen Hull: The English Fountain Pen Industry 1875 – 1975.