Moore

1920s

About This Model

Moore was one of the early fountain pen manufacturers, a major player in the early years, then less so as the "Big 4" dominated after the late 1920s. Even as a progressively lesser brand, Moore pens were successful from the early 1900s until the 1940s. They pioneered some designs in safety pens, and their hard rubber pens were very nice. The later Tuscan, 94, and 96 celluloid models were very nice, but too much of Moore's output was pedestrian. It is probably true that poor marketing and stiff competition blocked them from success. Unable to do more than follow industry trends and keep up with the leaders, Moore faded as a brand. Moore's post-WWII Fingertip model was a new use of a hooded nib, but too late. Moore survived until the late 1950s.

About This Pen

This is a small Moore ladies’ pen from the mid-1920s, a ringtop lever-filler in Moore’s Ribbon model of 18k gold over ebonite. It is the usual size for these pens: 3 ¾” long capped and 5/16” across. It is in very nice condition, showing some use but no significant if typical dents. It has a professionally executed personalization, for Rev. P.J. McGarrity; this and the Moore imprints, including the linked O’s, are complete and easily read. Like most early pens with full flex nibs, this pen is made for slow, careful, right-handed writing.

Price: $115 Sold

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