Moore 94-A

early 1940s
About This Model

Moore was one of the early fountain pen manufacturers, a major player in the early years, then less so as the “Big 4” dominated after the late 1920s.  Even as a progressively lesser brand, Moore pens were successful from the early 1900s until the 1940s. They pioneered some designs in safety pens, and their hard rubber pens were very nice; later celluloid models were too often quite pedestrian. Unable to do more than follow industry trends and keep up with the leaders, Moore always produced good quality but faded as a brand. Moore's post-WWII Fingertip model was truly creative, but too late. Moore survived until the late 1950s.

About This Pen

The 94-A was a midrange pen for Moore in the early 1940s. Moore had survived the Depression and was still producing decent fountain pens, although their heyday was long over. This 94-A, at 5” long, is from celluloid rod stock, with a straight-up/down striped pattern in grey and black but with attractive glimpses of brown showing through. Its trim is in ribbed gold plate, with the design showing in the metal crown, clip, cap ring, and lever. The clip has “Moore” clearly engraved; and there is a complete, if small, imprint on the barrel identifying the model. There is no wear to speak of; this is a very clean pen. The nib is a Moore Life Maniflex, so it is firm, but writes fast and fine with a nice bit of flex. A very nice pen indeed.

This pen is not for sale.