1920s-early 30s
About This Model

Websters were store branded pens, most by the National Pen Company of Chicago, and they appeared in Sears catalogs from the 1920s-1940s. The most common Webster is the Skyrocket, from the late 1930s-40s, named contemporaneously with Waterman’s Skywriter. Skywriters have a characteristic east-west hatching in the clip. Most other Websters, and there are several sub-models one doesn’t see very often, are not known as good pens.

About This Pen

Webster was a name used variously by manufacturers in the early 1900s, but its only reasonably well-known appearance was as a Sears Roebuck house brand from the 1920’s until mid-century. This example of a Sears Webster pen from the 1930s is very attractive, in red/brown marbled celluloid. This pen must have spent many years in its cap, for it cleaned up into a range of coloration, from the original dark marbling under the cap to lighter along the barrel, to even lighter on the cap. The ivory colored crown, is covered with tiny cracks in the celluloid. The gold clip and lever are clean and bright, as well as the 3/8” wide gold cap ring, which is engraved with a single elegant “P”.  The Webster imprint is deep and complete, including the center diamond with the “SR” Sears brand. The nib is marked with “warranted 14K” and is a size 4, over a christmas tree style feed; it is very firm and writes a XF/F line with a hint of flex. A good writer for one who likes the feel of a 1920s nib, and great for a pre-Depression era collection.  $75

This pen is not for sale.