About This Model
Eagle and Epenco fountain pens are among the innumerable "third-tier" pens from the Depression years, and indeed, most of those one sees today are pretty rough. However, if the history is parsed a bit, one learns that there are Eagles and Epencos, and while they are siblings, they are quite different. Eagles came from a strong tradition, the American descendants of the Berolzheimer pencil company in Germany who formed the Eagle pen and pencil company. Eagle pencils have been around in the US forever; their pens of the early 20th Century were imaginative and often innovative. However, the Depression hit Eagle hard, and their response was the sub-brand called Epenco. Many Epencos have very nice styling under the wear and tear: marbled barrels, whimsical designing, layered features that pop out from the depths of the plastic. They generally write well and are serviceable when found and restored.
About This Pen
As noted in the model description, Eagle was a very early fountain pen innovator. This pen, which is probably from 1890-1900, is not an innovative pen — it is a simple eyedropper filler, in chased black hard rubber. It has a cone section; the feed is possibly hand-carved. The cap fits well, but is not original to the pen; its ebonite is brown and the chasing is of the same pattern but thinner. The pen carries an early accommodation clip, branded by Eagle Pencil, in gold plated metal. Its nib isn’t pretty, marked “Eagle Snap Shot, No. 40”, so it was transplanted from a Snap Shot, a later Eagle pen. It writes well, with nice shading. Not a true flex, but a good writer.