Moore Tuscan


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

Two consecutive updates with oversized Moores! Here’s another one, this time a Tuscan. From 1926, the L-96 Tuscans were Moore’s largest Tuscans, 5.7” long capped. This pen is in the unique Tuscan color, a deep orange-red. Its section is black, and the black is repeated in the two cap rings and the crown, which were stacked atop the cap, a patented Moore innovation. The pen is in excellent condition, retaining only the lightest of micro-wear; this pen has been used and carried. The gold trim is perfect. Its crown shows what is believed to be its date of manufacture, “3-23-26”, in a very faint imprint. The base of the barrel shows the L-96 model imprint more deeply. The pen’s imprint l”Lever Self-Filling” “THE MOORE PEN CO.” “BOSTON MASS. U.S.A.” is deep and complete. This pen has a very large gold nib, marked “The Moore Pen 6”. Although marked 6, one would otherwise think it is an 8. It writes an elegant wet fine to medium, with a bit of flex. This is a pen looking to join a Moore collection.

Price: $370 Sold

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