Moore L-96


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

Manufactured in 1927-28, this pen is a true oversize and was the largest pen offered by Moore at the time. It measures 5½” long capped and 0.6” wide at the cap opening.  For those with a Moore collection, this is not only a L-96 in blemish-free, beautiful condition, it is a BLUE L-96. The gold filled trim is nearly perfect and the imprint is complete and clear. The model number L-96 is clearly stamped at the bottom of the barrel. This nib is the correct huge #6, is firm and exceptionally smooth, and writes a full wet medium, proving that Manifolds aren’t all EF roofing nails.  It has excellent flow with some line variation, but is not a true flex. Much as I try to avoid hyperbole, this is one of the nicer examples I’ve seen of a Moore in any size, but the combination of its size, color, and condition make this a special pen. 

Price: $325 Sold

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