About This Model
Eclipse fountain pens were made in New York City. The company had prior history in San Francisco, but its main history was as one of the many smaller Manhattan-based manufacturers. While their pens never succeeded commercially, many were quite nice and well-made; they are often compared to and confused with Conklins. Richard Binder has noted that the Eclipse company pioneered improvements in rolling celluloid sheet and fusing the seams, a major improvement in fountain pen manufacturing. Eclipse pens were often quite large, flat-tops in black hard rubber or orange plastic; some were gold overlays over BHR; there were reds and lapizes as well. Like so many, they appeared early on, peaked in the 1920s, and largely disappeared in the Depression. Eclipse survived as a corporate entity until the 1960s, but their fountain pen manufacture was long gone.
About This Pen
This Eclipse makes one wonder why they weren’t more famous. It is very solid and handsome, in brown and red mottled celluloid (probably to emulate Waterman’s rippled hard rubber) with an elegant wide gold cap ring. Its 1920s vintage is obvious from the the gold clip, a single bent strip inserted into the barrel. The pen is in excellent condition, lever-filled and just over 5” long, with a few minor scratches that can be found with some examination, and a bit of missing metal on the cap ring. The clip and lever look like they might be 14K; the lever is marked “Eclipse”. The nib is marked “14K” in large letters. It writes a soft medium line with some flex. An unusually nice 1920s pen.
Price: $80 Sold