About This Pen
Merlins, like many pens from Europe’s wartime and the immediate postwar years, have incompletely defined histories. It is known that they were made by one of very many small German companies and that thousands of Merlin parts were bought by a Dutch concern that marketed them. They were interesting, well-made button fillers from the 1950s, at 11.7cm long a bit smaller than many, but of very substantial celluloid and available in what is said to be 56 different colors and patterns. This pen is strikingly similar to every Merlin I’ve seen but is missing the imprint; it is assumed, but not actually known, to be a Merlin, hence its asterisked name. Its color is largely green, in long marbled waves. The gold trim is clean and unmarked. The nib, which is presumably not a Merlin nib since it does not carry a Merlin imprint, is marked as being 585 gold. It writes a very smooth and wet fine/medium. It shows a few signs of light wear, and will be a very durable everyday pen.