This is an interesting and uncommon pen and it took some research to piece together who the maker was, Hauk & Gross of Chicago. Frank Mooney set up the F H Mooney Pen Company in Chicago around 1905 and made blow filler pens with the imprint
“MOONEY’S MODEL SELF-FILLING FOUNTAIN PEN CHICAGO” and a crescent shaped logo. The original patent for a blow filler was taken out by Seth Crocker in 1901. In or about1908 Frank Mooney sold his company to another Chicago pen maker, Hauk & Gross, who made his blow filler pen with the imprint “MOONEY’s MODEL PEN”. This pen was made by Hauk & Gross and has their barrel imprint and a Hauk & Gross nib.
The pen is mottled hard rubber with two gold filled barrel bands and a slip cap. Closed the pen is 14.5cm (5 5 /8 inches) and with the cap posted fully 18cm (7 inches), a very elegant pen in look and length. The nib is “Hauk & Gross Chicago” #3 nib with a handmade feed and a fine point, a smooth soft writer with nice flex.
The blow filler is the earliest and simplest pneumatic filler (I am indebted to David Nishimura and Richard Binder’s websites for a lot of this information). The rubber sac is compressed by blowing into a hole in the end of the barrel – or a matching hole in the end of the posted cap – expelling the air. The nib is dipped into the ink and when the blow stops ink is drawn into the expanding sac. An alternative to blowing into the pen is to use a rubber bulb like the ones on the end of eye-droppers, which work well.
Condition: excellent, the cap and barrel retain an excellent un-faded colour, the barrel bands are pristine with no brassing and the nib has lots of iridium and writes smoothly. The pen has had a new sac and fills well and holds a substantial amount of ink.
The pen shows little signs of use and is a fine example of an uncommon and elegant pen made for only a few years.
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