Morrison’s Tourist

1930s

About This Model

The Morrison's (sometimes known as Morrison) Fountain Pen Company was almost unnoticed for many years, really until Richard Binder’s interest and research into things-World War II brought it to life. He has championed the Patriot models, each dedicated to an armed service during World War II, and these are described best at richardspens.com. The earlier pens were all ebonite, often with nice-looking but very thin (1/40) gold plate overlays. Morrison's had a bit of fame with their 1930's Black Beauty, a full-size ebonite pen with a white celluloid ring at the crown; and, the Tourist from the 1930s was a surprisingly nice oversize pen in red and black hard rubber as well as celluloid. Otherwise, most of their history was undistinguished.

About This Pen

This Tourist, a 1930s pen in red hard rubber, is large, easily as large as Sheaffer’s oversize Lifetime, at 5.6″ long and .55″ wide just below the cap edge. It’s a very attractive and clean pen, with no blemishes and very shiny trim. Indeed, this is the nicest big red pen I’ve seen that isn’t a Sheaffer or Parker. The half-inch wide 1/20 18K gold cap ring is very shiny and without deep scratches; it is matched by the Morrison’s imprinted clip and lever. The “M” in the clip, usually worn off, is deep and complete. This pen’s character is completed by a size 8 warranted nib, which writes a wet bold line. It’s not often that a pen starts restoration as a Bargain and moves to the For Sale page, but this is one of those pens. Enjoy its bigness.

Price: $85 Sold

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