A Shabby Wyvern 60C
January 4, 2016 8 Comments
This Wyvern No 60C came in a bunch of pens that I bought for spares. It was in a very dirty condition and the engraving on the nib was impossible to read because it was deeply coated in black ink that didn’t want to come off – iron gall black or some calligraphy ink perhaps. In other respects the pen showed that it had been heavily used: the imprint on the barrel is worn to the point where it is just legible and no more. The pen has been dropped at some time and the nib has been “straightened”. As the tines are quite well aligned and the pen writes well I’ve left well alone. Though the clip isn’t too bad the plating has worn entirely off the lever which, being steel, has rusted.
I’ve tried to date this pen and I suspect that it’s from the 1930s. The 60C was introduced in 1921 but I think that this is a later model. I would think that the spatulate end to the lever and the short, narrow section would help in dating. If Wardok were to read this, I’m sure he could pin it down.
A pen like this that is in very shabby condition but writes very well goes into my “bargains” section on the sales site. It’s not the kind of pen that you can wave around to make your colleagues admire your taste. It’s more of an everyday user that you can leave lying around the desk in the certain knowledge that no one will steal it. I like pens like this and often have one in use.