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I have recently acquired a somewhat unusual fountain pen. I hope I will be able to post a couple of photos. The pen is marked 14 kt on the jump ring. The barrel and cap are comprised of yellow gold and what appears to be black plastic. It is 33/8 in long not counting the jump ring in the closed position. The jump ring is approx. another 1/4 in. The barrel and cap screw together. When the cap is removed you extend the nib by turning the end of the barrel one full turn. The nib is marked 14 with what appears to be a c and an a beneath the 14. the extended nib is 3/8 in long. There does not appear to be any filling mechanism. The rotating end of the barrel has two holes on opposite sides with what appears to be a pin through the drilled hole. I have some questions I hope can be answered here. Firstly, how do you fill the pen? What era would this pen be from? How would you establish a value (other than the gold value) for a pen like this? I have been unable to find a comparable pen anywhere. Thanks for any help you may be able to offer. This is my first time on any vintage pen forum. If any more photos would help I'll be happy to provide some.



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Welcome to The Community downtown!

That is an interesting pen! I know more pics will help! I would like to see the nib, the knob at the end of the barrel, the section, and collar where the section and barrel meet. I believe this is an eyedropper pen?...

You mentioned the knob hides the nib in the section/collar? This is something MB did back in the early days (ca. 1920).

Maybe someone else can chime in with more suggestions...

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Frank

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Frank, thank you for the input. I have attached more pics to the original post. Hope this helps but I can take more if that would help. Bob



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Frank I posted some more pics of the pen for you to look at. I believe its an eyedropper pen too, however I have no idea how it comes apart for the purposes of filling.



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I think what you have is a retractable safety pen. You simply pour ink into the pen around the nib while it's retracted. Try it with just water first and check for leaks; the cork packing around the shaft at the butt end is probably dried out by now.


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Thanks very much for the input. Will give this a try and see how it works.



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Chthulhu wrote:

I think what you have is a retractable safety pen. You simply pour ink into the pen around the nib while it's retracted. Try it with just water first and check for leaks; the cork packing around the shaft at the butt end is probably dried out by now.


 Thanks for explaining how this works Mike!    



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