Moore Desk Base

1930's
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. Their Tuscan series and the later 94s and 96s were very nice pens; it’s probably true that poor marketing and stiff competition blocked them from success. Unable to do more than follow industry trends and keep up with the leaders, Moore faded as a brand. Moore's post-WWII Fingertip model was a new use of a hooded nib, but too late. Moore survived until the late 1950s.

About This Pen

I’ve not been able to learn much about Moore desk bases, but this is a handsome one, probably from the 1930’s, in light onyx with colored veining, and a black celluloid pen base over a brass socket. It is in excellent condition; unmarked, no chips or corrosion. The socket restored wonderfully, and is in equally fresh condition. The bottom has the base’s original felt and intact label. The base is 4″x 3″ and 3/4″ high. The trumpet is 2 3/4″ long and is fully adjustable. The base is priced to be sold without a pen, since the original Moore pen is not available.

Price: $100