February 27, 2015 4 Comments
This one just arrived today. I haven’t even given it a little polish so excuse the dust.
Mentmore – apart from the very last ones – are often hard to date, I find. I know that the Supreme was introduced in 1940 and was one of the few models still on sale during the war years, but whether it was in quite this form or not I can’t say for sure.
It’s a nice pen and I would have said it was in “New Old Stock” condition had it not been that the clown who sold it to me sent it full of ink which sadly stained the box and papers. The pen has clearly not been used and still retains its sales sticker for the price of 13 shillings and sixpence (including tax).
It’s a sturdy pen of a good size at 13.6 cm. It has some rather nice features, like the transparent barrel end and the “stacked coins” cap band.
I sometimes feel that Mentmore is rather overlooked compared with the market leaders like Onoto, Conway Stewart and Swan. Perhaps this is partly because the quality was variable, but their better models, like this Supreme, are very nice pens indeed.