About This Pen
This Stratford, probably from the later 1930s, is a very pretty pen that seems to have mostly escaped the ravages of time. Its wrapped celluloid is in a snakeskin pattern in grey and silver, and with its two gold cap rings it is quite attractive. The barrel and cap are largely unmarked, very nice and shiny. There is a little spreading around the lever which does not affect the pen’s functioning. The plated trim is corroded, was only lightly polished to not remove the remaining plate. At 5⅛” long, it is a full-sized pen that feels very nice in the hand. The nib is a two-tone Durium, imprinted to note that it is warranted 14k gold plate, which to me always makes one question the warranting process. The nib writes well, though, a firm fine. It seems to want to write small letters.
Price: $44 Sold