About This Model
Wearever was one of the most prolific fountain pen brands, manufactured in numerous models and countless varieties from the 1920s through the 1950s. They were, with Pioneers, the flagship line, with many other third tier pens from the same factories, of David Kahn's pen manufacturing empire. Ranging from poor overall quality Pioneers and Zeniths (few of which survive intact today) to the very solid and attractive Deluxes, Pennants, and Pacemakers of the 1940s, Wearevers were dime store pens that generally worked well, lasting as long as the quality of their components allowed. The top third of Kahn's quality levels included the Deluxe 100s, made from probably the mid-1930s-the end of the WWII. The Deluxes were usually of multicolored, vertically striped celluloid, with gold-colored trim and black plastic barrel and cap crowns. Their nibs were a wide range, from 14K to plate, to steel nibs with various Kahn model names. Deluxes and Deluxe 100s are found today in a range of survival -- the best are quite clean and easily restored. One needs to watch for corrosion in the metal trim and in the pressure bar.
About This Pen
This is clearly a pre-WWII Wearever, but not a Zenith, Pacemaker, Deluxe 100, or Pennant. There is no imprint and its features are not obviously any of these above models. There were numerous designs in the 1930’s, some faceted like this pen, some not; plus, David Kahn purchased and sold and mixed in parts from other companies, so its full identification may not be available. This pen is full sized, exactly 5” long and .4” across just south of the cap, so just a touch smaller than the larger Wearevers. Also unlike most other 1930’s Wearevers, it is made of thinner celluloid, in typical 1930’s warm brown and green. Under good light, you can see through the cap! The trim is quite clean and complete, except for one deeply tarnished part of the cap ring, and the Wearever imprint in the clip is easily read. This is a clean, largely unmarked 1930’s pen that writes quite well, even with its (unusual for Wearever) spoon nib. It will make a good pen for a bag and not a cause of worry.
Price: $42.50 Sold