Wyvern Princess Pen & Pencil Set

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I puzzled a little over the date of this Dinkie-sized Wyvern Princess set until I removed the tray from the box and found all the paperwork inside – instructions, guarantee and the original sales receipt, dated September 1951.  With their engraved caps, nestled in their plush box, this set would have made a very acceptable gift.  They don’t look like the output of a company within five years of dissolution, but thankfully for all concerned, nobody in the fountain pen industry saw quite how bad the future was going to be.

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The pen is the simplest form of bulb-filler, though it nods in the direction of modernity with its semi-hooded nib.  The pencil is – forgive my ignorance of the subject – a pencil.  It has lead in it and works well.  There’s an eraser still in place but by the look of it, it won’t work too well.
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Between the pen and pencil, the box and the included paperwork, there are a number of images of the Leicester Dragon that Wyvern employed as a trade mark.  I don’t know much about the Leicester Dragon or Wyverns either.  It looks a very cheerful beast and it’s hard to imagine it roaming about the countryside torching villages and chomping on the occasional maiden.

I note that I’m not the only one who will be selling a Wyvern Princess Set.  Antiquesboutiqueuk has one here, and he’s asking a mere £236.00 for it, having generously reduced it from £298.00.  That’s pretty stiff competition but I think I’ll be able to undercut him.  Not by much, of course.  I’ll be selling mine for around £38.00

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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

One Response to Wyvern Princess Pen & Pencil Set

  1. I am pleased you posted this pic, I had a similar set, perhaps a little earlier by the nib design, in what I can only describe as being in Toffee Marble. It ended up in Florida as I gave to Sumgaikid on FPN as a thank you for finding a Vacumatic clam shell box for me. It remains a very bad habit of mine in seeking out a matching pencil and a contemporary box.

    It was said that Wyverns were habitually given out as Christmas presents by the Royal Family, and hence a large number were not used but treasured, they must be still locked away as they they dont come up too often

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