A John Whytwarth safety pen in black chased hard rubber.
The barrel imprint is crisp and reads: “JOHN WHYTWARTH ENTIRELY MADE IN BRITAIN” This is an early Whytwarth, made in wartime c1916 and the marketing appealed to patriotism.
The nib imprint is: “J Whytwarth” and “14 CARAT”. Typical of Whytwarth safety pens the nib is long and has some flex, a fine to medium point.
Closed the pen is 13cm (5 1/8 inches) and open 17.3cm (6 ¾ inches).The barrel diameter is about 1.3cm, Whytwarth safeties are quite substantial pens.
Condition: excellent; the black hard rubber is un-faded and the chasing and imprint are crisp. The pen has been restored and the safety mechanism works well with no leakage. The nib writes smoothly with some flex.
John Whytwarth was a name under which the City Pen Company of London sold pens from 1913 until 1922. In 1916 the City Pen Company became John Whytwarth Ltd. But there does not appear to have been any person called John Whytwarth associated with the company throughout it’s history; it appears to been simply a marketing name. The company became Whytwarth Pens in 1922 and as such produced the Valentine Whytwarth safety pens through the 1920s, in 1929 becoming part of Valentine & Sons in 1929 with manufacturing in Newhaven, and the story ends with the acquisition of Valentine and the Newhaven plant by Parker in 1945. An interesting if often tortuous history, well documented in the Spring 2011 issue of the Writing Equipment Society Journal by Stephen Hull. (I can email the buyer with a scan of the article if interested.)
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