Twofold No 1
March 11, 2016 4 Comments
This Twofold was made by Wyvern in, I believe, the nineteen twenties. It’s a combination pencil and pen. The pen part is a perfectly normal lever filler. In this case it’s fitted with a steel nib. I’ve seen others with gold nibs. The pencil is housed in the cap and you simply unscrew the end to make use of it. The pen has a fixed clip.
This is clearly the economy model and there are rather better ones around. They are uncommon but not rare. Considering their age and the fact that none of the models was very expensive, they have survived rather well. Dual purpose pens are not very common in Britain – they are much more of an American thing. This one seems to be the exception.
I don’t think that this sort of pen would have been seen lying around on desks very much. It was more likely to be found in a tradesman’s pocket so that he could sign cheques and contracts with the pen and use the pencil for marking out and drafting.
It looks a little peculiar to the modern eye but it’s eminently practical. It’s not entirely without decoration – there is a nice milled pattern here and there. I often see these described as hard rubber but I think it’s some form of plastic. There may be hard rubber ones but I’ve yet to see one.