Pen Model: Wahl Oxford
The Depression years were not friendly to any of the pen manufacturers. They all needed ongoing cash flow to stay in business, so produced lower level pens that retained their character but sold at significantly lower prices. Oxfords were Wahl's 1930s budget line, usually very well made pens that did not carry the superior trim of the better models. They are generally full girth but a bit shorter than full size. There were two series: a longer, very solid pen that appeared in 1931, with a branded 14k nib; and the late 1930s true budget pen, a shorter pen with cheap trim and a steel nib. The first line were a nice complement to the beautiful Wahls of the early 1930s, while the latter group was a survival pen, after the Equipoise and Dorics were gone.