School is and has always been a cruel, class-divided place. Nowadays you are judged by your clothes and trainers but back in the day your pen told all about you.

If your parents were well-to-do, you probably had a Conway Stewart. If they were merely comfortably off you would have a Blackbird or possibly a flashy Burnham. If your parents were just getting by, with nothing much to spare, your pen would be a Platignum. If, however, they were in direst poverty and you lived on water and bread and dripping, you would have a Tallon but you would hide it as best you could.
Platignums tended to fail quite often but Tallons were misery in plastic. It was quite unusual for a Tallon to lay anything other than a blot on paper. A very, very good one might write somewhat acceptably for a day or two; none lasted as long as a week.

I might be exaggerating a little there but they were pretty foul pens. I have one here that I bought in one of my moments of extreme madness. It’s a button filler with imitation gold trim and a plated steel nib. As well as all the other faults Tallons were not durable. This one has a broken tine, rendering it useless.
Here it is in all its splendour. I didn’t bother cleaning it up but I will hang onto it as a suitable nib may come my way one day and then I can have the only working Tallon in this universe or any other.



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

8 Responses to Tallon

  1. Peter Watson says:

    A treat that you would include such a memory tickler as this one! Thanks! Peter

  2. Alex says:

    Lovely article!
    / Alex

  3. Paul S. says:

    yes, interesting item, but either my memory going or this not part of my mis-spent youth:) – I recall Platignums, CS, Osmiroids and the Parkers that a council house kid couldn’t afford, but not this name. Don’t recall seeing one on my pen hunting trips either – perhaps they’re now as rare as hens teeth and worth a fortune!! There’s that Parker looking arrow creeping in again, and the blue is a bit lurid.
    Bet the Georgians would have given their eye teeth for one nonetheless – all that sharpening of goose quills can soon lose its novelty.

    Do we know who made the Tallon, or is that the name of the company?

    • Tallon is the name of the company. Under various ownership it was around from 1949 to 1975 and was based at different times in Bristol and London*.

      They are not common now, simply because they were so cheaply made. Their survival rate is very poor.

      *Stephen Hull: The English Fountain Pen Industry 1875 – 1975

  4. inktronics says:

    I would grind down the longer tine to match the shorter one and use it as a stub or italic. I’ve done it before and works good.

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