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#1 ticoun

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:41 PM

i discovered the Ecipse pen company this summer, walking in an antique store. there was a pen in a glass counter that looked a lot like a Black & Pearl Sheaffer flat top. i asked to see the pen, and it turned out to be a standard size, double banded Eclipse. it was priced 65$, but after talking about pens with the shop owner, we agreed on 50$. the pen had a replacement nib, a tiny #2 Waterman's ideal canada superflex. i replaced the sac, then discovered a tiny crack in the nib. Thanks to GClef on FPN, i got a replacement #2 Waterman's with nice flex, and now it's one of my best writing pens.

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what are your Eclipse pens?

#2 david i

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:31 PM

i discovered the Ecipse pen company this summer,


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what are your Eclipse pens?





Ohhh.... I'm not sure we wanna go there. ;)

I own very few Eclipses, but as part of my pen photo archiving work, I had the chance to photograph one of the world's great Eclipse collections. Have not edited most of the shots done in 2005, though I've done a couple.

There had been some debate back when as to whether Eclipses should have "Eclipse" nibs or could be correct with no-name warranted nibs. This pen and its barrel label answered that question.

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One of the kings of the series... an oversized non-black pen with overlay

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 11:42 PM

He,he,he. It was only a matter of time, DI.
The green filigree is splendid.

A lot less blingy, but this OS Flat Top is nice too. (It really is blue, not green at all)

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So is this Pearl/Black FT

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 02:01 AM

I only have a few and here are the only photos I have ~

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and a Keene, that is speculated to be made by Eclipse (Max Finstone) for the jeweler

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Sub Branded Marxton (one of many sub branded)

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 03:34 AM

i've already shown this here and on FPN a couple of times, but since this is an eclipse thread, i guess this is where it truly belongs, my cocobolo eclipse with a no. 8 eclipse nib:

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i also sold this one some time ago:

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#6 david i

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 06:19 PM

I might own the following Eclipse (pens buried everywhere... who know where?) as it as shot in my home double light-box, not done on the road. Probably turned up in one of the pen hoards purchased. The hooded nib suggests late production, some weak attempt to emulate the Parker 51.

But, there is something else... interesting... about this pen.

Care to identify the charming quirk?

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:55 PM

The section / nib seem to be very Taperite - ish........

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 08:18 PM

Here is my American made stash. I particularly like the two RMHR and the green OS Flat tops.

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This tray includes a Marxton and a Park Row and from the right to left, a Keene and three Jackwins. To the left of them is an unusual bulb filler that needs a clip. Any one have a donor?

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Light is not good this morning. Will be back with the Canadian lot.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 08:25 PM

Here is my American made stash. I particularly like the two RMHR and the green OS Flat tops.




Nice array of pens, Blotto :)

So, here's the evil challenge question...

Are you certain the mottled pen is rubber?

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 08:29 PM


Here is my American made stash. I particularly like the two RMHR and the green OS Flat tops.




Nice array of pens, Blotto :)

So, here's the evil challenge question...

Are you certain the mottled pen is rubber?

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Sure smell like it.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 09:18 PM

Sure smell like it.




Smell would be suggestive ;)

I ask because I have some recollection that at least some of the mottled Eclipse pens are red plastic with a lacquer/paint giving the mottled black effect.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:53 PM

We've had a little burn-off, so here are the Canadians.
Interesting, evocative materials in some of these.
From the top, pen #2 and the last blue one, are button fills. Why Eclipse would revert to this fill method is defies logic, especially when you consider that the last pen was made at the end of their life (mid/late '50's?). That pen also reflects the eclipse of Eclipse. Flimsy material and construction.

The oldest in the lot is the Blue/Brown marble with the ball clip. 1930 somethingish. Takes a good deal of hutspah (sp?) to put green, iridescent jewels on that pen.

Really like the stepped end-caps on the green snakeskin, and the red/black pin-stripe has a certain amount of dash.

All of these have IGP nibs with Eclipse imprinted in a football logo. Don't sneeze with the cap off; the plating will blow away.

And this always make me wonder about the brand. Early on, their design, materials and workmanship was as good as any of the major brands. The Klein design clips were problematic, but they clearly opted for second tier with their nibs. Too bad. They could have been a contender.

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That's all...for now.
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:04 PM

IBut, there is something else... interesting... about this pen.

Care to identify the charming quirk?



Seems to evoke a bit of both Striped Duofold and Conklin, along with the "51"/Taperite. Flock-shooting imitation?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:36 PM

I might own the following Eclipse (pens buried everywhere... who know where?) as it as shot in my home double light-box, not done on the road. Probably turned up in one of the pen hoards purchased. The hooded nib suggests late production, some weak attempt to emulate the Parker 51.

But, there is something else... interesting... about this pen.

Care to identify the charming quirk?

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regards

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lemme guess. the Hooded Knight was a button filler, and was only produced in solid colors.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:48 PM

Here's a couple of my Eclipses. The pen has a Eclipse 14 K nib. It is small considering the size of the pen. The eclipse part of the lever is broken off but the rest of the pen is clean. The pencil did not come with the pen. But it may have been what should have come with it I am not sure. The box came as a seperate purchase. I have never come across another box so was nice to get it.

who made hooded Knights? I had a grey set and the smell from it was not to be discribed. Any one else have that problem?

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Posted 28 August 2016 - 03:37 PM

Adding this here too (as well as Finds) as I can't find an efficient way to cross-post.  Feels like gold plate, Wert nib.  And an unfortunate dent next to the lever.

 

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 02:46 AM

Just this weekend I found a Hooded Knight in a red demonstrator plastic.

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#18 AZuniga

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Posted 12 October 2016 - 04:10 PM

I believe Eclipse deserves a thread, to keep it alive I add some moreā€¦

 

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#19 penpalace

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 02:08 PM

Nice Eclipses Ariel, as you know being from Toronto they do turn up from time to time. I'm personally quite partial to their Monroe pens.

 

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