A Late Stephens 106

I somehow managed to catch the reflection of my strip-light in these photos.  Please forgive.
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Stephens had a 106 in their line-up from 1935 on, but this pen is clearly not of that date.  There’s no black art about Stephens’ numbers, unlike Conway Stewart or De La Rue.  A 106 cost ten shillings and sixpence.  It’s as simple as that.
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The pen is sturdily made with quite thick material in the barrel and cap.  This makes it feel a little more solid than some pens of the time.  The metal trim is generally good, though there’s a little bit of plating loss on the high points of the clip.  The nib, though a warranted one, is clearly good quality.  The streamlined shape of the pen suggests that it’s later than the more angular Stephens pens we usually see.
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From 1950 Stephens withdrew almost entirely from the production of gold-nibbed pens and concentrated on their inks and ballpoint pens.  In the late fifties, when there were talks between Stephens and Waterman with the possibility of a merger, Jif Waterman produced some colourful pens for Stephens, and I suspect that is what this is.
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It’s a beautiful pen with glowing patterned plastic.  It’s a pity that so few of these pens were made with the result that they’re not often seen now.

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

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