The Pento “Truda”

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This one is quite a rarity – a Pento “Truda” eyedropper, made by W.J. May & Co Ltd of May pen Works, East Twickenham, London. The company had a short life, from 1923 to 1928 when it failed. It’s probably most famous for the Pento Capless but it made more conventional eyedroppers and lever fillers as well.

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This example, probably one of their earliest pens, is a straightforward eyedropper filler in black chased hard rubber with a slip cap. Perhaps its most eye-catching feature is the splendid May’sPerfect No 8 nib. If quality were all that it takes for a company to survive, Pento would be with us yet, because this is a very well-made pen. A combination of low investment and development costs of a new and complex pen seem to have been the cause of the company’s demise. DSCF9443

The “Truda” (I wonder what that meant, if anything) is a memento of a briefly-lived early pen company, but it is more than that. It’s an excellent pen that suggests what we may have lost in future models through the company’s untimely end.

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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

2 Responses to The Pento “Truda”

  1. Rard Changizi says:

    Hi Deb,
    Is the Pento yours? I would desparately like to buy this pen. It was made by my Great Grandfathers company. He was Osmond Blyth Wade and was involved with Curzon, Summit, Mays and a variety of other pen manufacturers. If you do not own it please ask the owner what they would like for the pen.
    Regards
    Rard

    • Hi Rard,
      Yes, the Pento is mine. I was aware of the link to the Wade family but it was aall a bit too long and complicated for a blog entry. Contact me by email and we can take it from there.

      Regards,
      Deb

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