August 28, 2014 3 Comments
Skywriters can be very confusing. There are three separate generations of this pen which hardly resemble each other at all.
The first Skywriter was produced in the 1930s when Waterman took over Aiken Lambert and the pen appears under both Waterman and Alco names. The next one has a metal cap and was made in the late 40s and early 50s. The final Skywriter was very similar to the C/F and was launched in 1953.
These were all entry-level pens and the first two were high-quality and excellent value for money. The third one, though not a bad pen, has not proved as durable as its predecessors, and I think it is awareness of this pen that brings the reputation of the earlier versions down in the estimation of collectors.
The first version, an example of which we are dealing with here today, is a beautiful pen in striking Du Pont Pyralin plastic. The pattern is best explained as brown lines over brown and black marbling. The pattern appears to change and shift as the pen is rotated. It is known as Brown Pearl. The clip, which I believe is unique to this pen, is in an elegant At Deco style. The section is visualated to enable the user to see much ink is left. The nib in this version is a slightly stubbish medium with plenty of flexibility.
The barrel imprint tells us that this pen was made in Canada by the Alco division of Waterman, and in reality this pen is the last creation of the famous Aiken Lambert company. It cost $1.50 when it was new, which is outstanding value for such a high quality pen. This one retains all its gold plating in perfect condition nearly 80 years after it was made. It is a pity that Waterman was unable to maintain this high quality in later years.