Good Service

late 1920s

About This Model

Gold Bond was a model line of the National Pen Company in Chicago.  National was a store brand manufacturer, producing a wide range of models and names for Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and others from the 1920s until after WWII.  Their brands included Gold Bond, Webster, Lincoln, Good Service,and Gold Medal; Gold Bond were perhaps their nicest, particularly those in the "Stonite" jade celluloid, some of which carried three gold rings near the top of the cap, perhaps emulating the contemporaneous Moores.   Finally, as catalog pens, they also came in different girths and lengths.   Survivors are still often found in pretty good condition.

About This Pen

Good Service pens were (with thanks to Richard Binder), produced as a house brand by the National Pen Company for Sears Roebuck from the mid-1920s until the Depression. This pen is an unusually fine example, displaying none of the extensive wear one normally sees in these pens. It is a pen/pencil combo, so, at 5⅞” long, is not a short pen. It is of marbled red celluloid, with very attractive detailing at the pencil joint. The trim is very nice, with a small amount of plating loss, but the Good Service clip imprint is complete and easily read. As noted, the barrel imprint is deep and complete, reading “Good Service Pen Co.”, “Chicago, Ill.”, with an “SR” circled in the center. But wait, there’s more! The nib, marked “Warranted 14K”, has very nice flex, from fine to a full broad; it does sing a little. The pencil holds lead and advances it with some reluctance. All in all, this is a very nice addition to a collection of house brand pens, and a fun writer. The sac is pretty small, so don’t travel far without ink.

Price: $58 Sold

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