Eversharp Skyline

1943-48

About This Model

Eversharp Skylines were an adventure in supermodern design in the early 1940s. Eversharp, too often a step behind Parker and Sheaffer, planned to steal a step with the Skyline. Their appearance is striking: long conical shape with graceful transition from cap to barrel; a beautiful look. In addition, these pens were early experiments with polystyrene barrels, which over time proved to have shrinkage issues. Most Skylines seen today show some shrinkage. This problem aside, they are excellent writers, particularly their EF and Manifold nibs. They came in a range of sizes, colors, and cap patterns. The Skyline line also appealed to the post-war executive and new corporate culture, with the Presentation and Command Performance models, in 14k, and slight additions to the trim. Although Skylines were a significant step in pen design, and sold successfully, they only lasted for five years, to be replaced by the Eversharp Symphony in 1948-49.

About This Pen

The Presentation style of Eversharp Skylines were most likely intended for, as they were named, presentations at the workplace and honorary societies during a time when this was a common practice. They were found in the standard and demi sizes, all with gold caps and derbies. This pen is the more common style of Presentation: model 71, standard length (5.25″ capped) gold-filled cap and derby, and the radial grooves along the entire length of the cap. It is in beautiful condition, its only significant flaw being a small dent under the point of the clip. The gold trim cleaned up very nicely and is almost completely free of tarnish. However, even though it cleaned and polished up very nicely, the soft plastic of which the barrel is made shows use and age wear. The full size Skyline nib writes a luscious wet medium.

Price: $110 Sold

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