When Mentmore started out one of their earliest pens was the Spot. The first version was a handsome flat-top mottled hard rubber pen and it was issued in 1923. It caught on quite well – it was a lot of pen for comparatively little money – and Spot became established almost as a separate brand in its own right. It was strongly marketed with the slogan “None genuine without the spot.” Spot pencils and ink were produced also.
This one’s a later version, still hard rubber (quite faded in this case) but now streamlined and quite modern-looking. I can’t accurately date this pen but I’d guess at the late thirties. It has the leopard logo on both the nib and the barrel, and the cap band has the “stack of coins” form. It’s a solid, well-made pen, though this example has seen a lot of use.
Spot has a collector following and early examples are snapped up pretty quickly. It has been said – and appears to be true – that Spot used the white dot before Sheaffer used the same thing to indicate a lifetime warranty.