Epenco

1930s

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

Like the other Epencos found here, this is a good-looking user quality pen. It is 4 3/4″ long capped, .4″ thick just below the cap edge, a lever-filler in red with golden veining. The trim is thin but in good condition. The cap ring is vaguely Patrician, not a coincidence considering that Waterman’s Patrician pens were among the nicest pens of the 1930s, certainly worth copying. Cap and tassie are both stepped gold-plated discs, and the clip is classic Epenco. The pen cleaned up very well, has no significant scratches or nicks, but there is some scarring under the cap and swelling around the lever. It looks very attractive. Its nib is steel, untipped, and writes a pretty nice fine. Good solid pen, good vintage starter pen!

Price: $49 Sold

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