Gold Starry

About This Model

Gold Starry pens had a long history, starting with their introduction in France before 1912 as Conway Stewart licensed exports. By 1920 Gold Starry was its own company, producing very nice hard rubber eyedropper and safety pens. Serious pen production started in the early 1920s with the return of non-essential industrial production after WWI, and the pens achieved French trademark status with the slogan "le stylo que marche" (the pen that works), which if nothing else describes the status of French pen manufacture at that time. Lever fillers were introduced by 1927, and brightly colored celluloid by 1929. From then on, Gold Starrys were known as elegant, pricey pens that worked well. From the outset of WWII on, Gold Starry suffered, from their pricing, from carrying an English name, from the war, and then from the rise of ballpoints. Their final years were like those of many other fountain pen firms worldwide: diversification, cash crisis, and failure in 1980.

About This Pen

This Gold Starry is a sweet little French pen. It is in black celluloid with a gold crown, clip and angled cap rings. Its capped length is 110mm (4.3″) with girth below the cap 9.5mm (.37″). It’s a simple squeeze-filler, filled by removing the blind cap and squeezing the sac several times. The pen is nearly flawless, showing only a little cap wear. The imprint is typical Gold Starry and, again typical for Gold Starry, there is no model identification. The 18c nib is tiny, 3.9mm across the shoulders, with the Gold Starry imprint. It is a delicate writing instrument, writing a wet and fine line, but needs to be used with a light hand. This is a lovely pen to use, better held in a smaller hand.

Price: $110

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