Wypac 39 Button Filler

The Wypac 39 is about style; from the shadowed and cursive scripts on the box to the mid-cap clip and the gilded lettering on the barrel, this is a well-designed and executed pen. The surprising thing is that it didn’t catch on and most Wypac models are uncommon, bordering on rare.

Stephen Hull mentions Wypac on page 186 of The English Fountain Pen Industry 1875 – 1975 but only in relation to the stylo. Taylor, James (Braemar) 148 Shooters Hill, London SE3 appears to be either distributor or manufacturer. In a comment in one of the pen discussion boards I see a suggestion that these pens were made by Wyvern but I see no evidence to support that. Wyvern may or may not have made these pens; the coincidence of the first two letters of the words is not enough.

The date associated with these pens is 1949 and it would have been then, or soon after, that Morrison Tweedle was presented with the pen (according to writing inside the lid of the box) for acting as usher at the wedding of Joan and Bill. There can’t be many Morrison Tweedles around and I believe I found him in Liverpool, born in 1921 and, if it’s the same man, still around in 2002 – 04.

It’s a pity that Wypac was not more successful. This model 39 is a handsome and robust pen in mixed pale and darker grey. The “M Tweedle” on the barrel enhances, rather than detracts from the pen. It carries history.

6 thoughts on “Wypac 39 Button Filler

  1. Hi Debs
    I have a Wypac but this has a glass nib could this be the stylo refered to by Stephen Hull.I remember a few years ago seeing a couple of Wyvern pens with glass nibs but they were not unusual models. I cannot see why anyone would replace a normal nib with a glass one though Imay be wrong. But does this indicate there was some connection with Wypac and Wyvern?
    All the best Alan

    1. I believe Wypac were known for glass nibs as well as ordinary ones. A glass nib pen is not the same as a stylo. Glass nibs have had periods of popularity for several reasons: cost and their usefulness on multipatipart forms, for instance. It might indicate a relationship between Wypac and Wyvern if they were the only ones producing glass nibs but they weren’t. Burnham made them also.

  2. Wypac Pens was my great grandfather’s business. His name was William Patrick Coughlan (hence the abbreviated name), and his business premises were the floor above Waterman Pens, Holborn, London

      1. I’m really interested to find out more about Wypac but there is very little info out there. My mum corrected the bit about Waterman, apparently it was Wyvern pens, and the building was in Saffron Hill, near Fleet St. The little I know about my great grandfather is that he was quite a character, came from Cork originally.

      2. I wish I knew more, Victoria, but what I wrote in the blog is all I know. Steve Hull, with reference to a Wypac stylo, mentions a James Taylor (Braemar) & Co Ltd, 148 Shooters Hill, London SE3. A distributor, maybe?

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