Nib: Fine Flexible Conklin No. 2 Flexible 14k Gold
Conklin Ring top, Gold Plated with checkered engraving pattern. Miniature Small Sized Fountain Pen. Measures 3 1/2" capped Conklin Ring-top, lever-filled
Very Good Condition: There are no major imperfections to note: No chips cracks or engravings or any signs of faults or major surface ware.
In 1891, Roy Conklin received a patent for his fountain pen design. Later, in 1898, he began the Conklin Pen Company in Toledo, Ohio. During 1916, the pen innovator produced a spring-loaded pocket clip, and later in the 1920s, Conklin started sending his pens overseas to Europe and South America. In 1921, Conklin's Crescent Filler model became the market's top selling product. The company released a lever-filling version after the Sheaffer Pen Corporation experienced success with its Lever Filler writing device.
Ringtop fountain pens were common for only a very short period of time, from the 1900s up until the end of the 1920s and they were marketed (and manufactured) for both men and women. It’s easy to tell the difference between men’s and women’s pens purely from their lengths. Women’s pens were longer (four inches or more); they were worn with a chain or a ribbon around the neck, like a necklace. Men’s ringtop pens are significantly smaller, generally being no longer than about three and a half inches.
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Jan./Feb. 2000 Vol.13. No.3