no cigar. The filigree is standard issue that was bought buy the gross from jobbers.
The celluloid is rolled, not rod stock -- a low quality technique that was patented by
Eclipse founder Marx Finstone.
But by the time that 1920 celluloid was being used, Victorian filigree pens had been
out of style for a decade. It's like a Roaring 20's flapper wearing a bustle. And if
that weren't enough, the clips don't match. Nice eye-candy, but not top drawer.
But this Mandarin triple band by Eclipse, made at about the same time, is spot on.
With just these two examples, how can one make a sweeping generalization about the brand?
There is a pompous pundit of Pendom who has prated purple paragraphs of prose
purporting to profess the perfect precept of "tiers". Phew!...that's a lot of P!
Read all of that bilge and it boils down to, "Because I said so." Entirely subjective.
The concept, as a means for ranking pen makers is flawed. For individual pens okay, but
then so is "junk" and "nice".
Opinions? Rebuttals appreciated.
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