This week on My Favorite Pen, I show off a pen I got back in 2008 as a birthday present for myself. Bought off of ebay, which can always be a crap shoot for vintage pens, I was astounded by the beauty of this particular pen when it arrived, a rare Diamond Point Mother of Pearl slabbed eyedropper.
Back in the day when your only choice for a fountain pen was black, black, and well, black, pen manufacturers had to apply some kind of ornamentation to differentiate their pens. Gold filled bands with snail patterns were most common, usually two on the barrel, sometimes single bands, but also gold filled, sterling, or solid gold overlays in full or filigree versions. Red hard rubber came along, which also meant mottled hard rubber became an option, but then there was also the option of mother of pearl or abalone shell slabs on your pen. This Diamond Point pen has mother of pearl sandwiched between two wide gold filled snail pattern bands on the barrel and on the cap.
This pen is of course an eyedropper, which means it was originally supplied with a small eyedropper which you would then use to suck ink out of the bottle, and insert into the barrel of the pen. No filling system needed since the eyedropper WAS the filling system.
The pen is outfitted with a Diamond Point #6 14kt gold nib. Diamond Point frequently used Warranted nibs, so to find one with the actual Diamond Point mark on the nib is uncommon. This version features the imprint horizontally, and inside a diamond, with “6” at the base of the nib. The nib is flexible of course, and different, which makes it attractive to me.
The pen has a slip cap and does post. The section is ribbed, which gives the pen a little grip to it when holding. This is not a pen you would put into your daily rotation since it is such an exceptionally hard to find piece. As a Diamond Point collector, it is one of the crown jewels in my collection, which is why it makes it one of my favorite pens.
Ink it Up!
Brian & Lisa