Wyvern No 7S

Wyvern remains the red-headed stepchild among British pens.  Conway Stewart has an excellent website and a very informative book.  Langs pens are very well covered in a website.  Mabie Todd has an increasingly well-recorded and illustrated website.  Poor old Wyvern, despite being an old established and prolific company, has nothing.
Sharon Cordwell brought this pen to my attention.  I hadn’t seen one like it before and I searched the Internet and my various reference books without coming upon anything related to it.  Because I am an idiot I had forgotten Stephen Hull’s masterly The English Fountain Pen Industry 1875 – 1975 in my search.  I searched out the section on Wyvern and there it was: the No 7 was introduced in 1930 at a time of factory expansion in Leicester.  Mottled hard rubber was still commonly used at that date, not quite having been replaced by celluloid.
It’s a delightful small pen, kitted out for a chain or ribbon to be hung ready for use by the Lady of the House.  Such pens had been popular for 30 years by this date though thereafter they would become less and less common.  Unfortunately the pen does not bear the heraldic Wyvern, a fire-breathing critter and the logo of the company, which they borrowed from the arms of Leicester where the factory was situated.  It’s interesting to note that the barrel imprint carries a legend “Wyvern Pen Co London”.  The company had an office and showroom there.
My gratitude to Sharon for permission to write about her pen, and for the photographs which I use here.


This and That

Google is a picky sort of beast.  It appears that unless you constantly update your website, it gets bored and goes away and looks at something else, with the result that your website falls down the ratings and quietly disappears.  I am grateful to dear Martin Holloway for making me aware of this.  Thanks once again, Martin!   In my case, adding a few pens now and again won’t do to satisfy Google.  It’s text that Google wants.  One way or another, I write enough text in the course of a day and I don’t want to be writing any more.  The way around this is to attach my blog to my sales site using an RSS feed.  This will give an adequacy of new text to keep Google well-fed and thereby save our ratings.  Many thanks, as ever, to the very talented Brenda, who has helped immeasurably to improve the sales site.

You may remember that some time ago I announced that I had shellac for sale.  As the sales site was at that time I couldn’t include the shellac, but now Brenda has made some alterations that allow me to include it among the “Odds and Ends” section.  I still can’t sell it directly from the site but if you are in the UK and care to contact me using the email address there, I’ll be pleased to deal with your order.   shellac2

Finally, I was contacted by a gentleman who had some pens to sell.  In truth, he has a cornucopia of things to sell.  His web page is well worth a look and it may be that you’ll find a pen that you want there.