Bayard Excelsior 540

early 1940s

About This Model

Bayard was another of the original European companies, established in Paris from roots in stationery and bookselling in 1920. Like many other firms, their output was not revolutionary or particularly innovative, but it was good, solid quality in ebonite, then celluloid. The Normal and De Luxe models were 1920s lever filled production, rarely seen today. The late 1920's Superluxe and early 1930's. Special 8 were clearly identified as Bayard style, and other models followed in short order. Of the models we see today, the Luxe (1932-37), Supterstyl (1940-55), Excelsior de Bayard (1942-48), and Capostyl (1949-56) appeared to be the most durable. Throughout its history, Bayard was a steady producer of household and personal items, from pens to clocks to kitchen appliances, all generally regarded as well-made if not innovative. Bayard pen production ended during the 1960s, a victim of the ballpoint.

About This Pen

Early 1940s, black celluloid with silver trim, 4 3/4” long with full girth. The nib is gold, marked Excelsior, with the Bayard PF/crossed nibs insignia; it writes a typical medium line that is a bit wet and soft. This particular pen’s clip and lever are both in the “bowtie” style. User pen, with some typical swelling around the lever area. The imprint is faint but complete; it is interesting to note that this Excelsior does not have Bayard in its imprint.

Price: $53 Sold

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