Carter’s

1930-32
About This Pen

Carter’s was one of several American pen manufacturers that made excellent pens but just could not compete with the Big 4. Carter’s was a major producer of inks and other office supplies (“You know us for our inks…”), and added fountain pens to their line in 1924.  Carter’s pens were around only from 1924-32 before the Depression ended pen production, so now a Carter’s pen in good condition is not seen all that often now. This pen, from the 1930s, is of jade (“Coralite”) celluloid and is in excellent condition. The pen’s model number is not clear, but it has the post-1930 rounded black crown and matching base of their higher end model.  Except for one very faint line of what is probably ink stain from posting the cap, this pen is without blemish. It is a slimmer pen, which makes it appear longer than its 5 ⅜” capped length. The trim is gold and clean; the clip is spring-loaded and strong and the two cap rings are both tight. The lever, which is supported by Carter’s own secondary spring, does protrude just a tiny bit, but it is tight and strong. The nib is gold, marked Carter’s 14K, and appears to be factory-stubbed. It writes a smooth, wet stubbed broad line.  

This pen is not for sale.