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Eversharp Doric Pen History

Eversharp Doric Pen History

Eversharp Doric Pen History

 

In the middle of 1931, Wahl-Eversharp introduced a new streamlined pen style which was different from any previous fountain pens. It was a tapered pen with 12 fluted or faceted sides and a matching pencil with 10 sides. The pen was called Eversharp Doric because it resembled the Doric columns of classic Greece. It was decorated with a gold seal, indicating its lifetime guarantee, and a roller ball clip as well as a lever.

 

The Doric pen and pencil were introduced in the Eversharp advertisements as the “world’s most beautiful pen and pencil.” A 1931 Doric advertisement portrays the pen in the following manner: “a diamond cut into a slender prism could be no more scintillating than these twelve-sided Doric pens and pencils. They are classic, jewel-bright, featherweight – infinitely more comfortable in the hand.” The faceted sides not only enhanced the aesthetic qualities of the Doric, they also prevented the pen or pencil from rolling on a surface.

 

The Doric was officially introduced in five colors. Burma, a rich smoke-gray pearl is considered by some to be one of the most beautiful plastic colors ever made. This color is very rare. Cathay, which closely follows the Burma in rarity, is described as “the silvery-green of a mandarin’s priceless porcelain”, and is of an unusual light green color. The next in rarity is Jet, a classic solid black pen with yellow gold trim, described as, “gleaming with ebony beauty”. Morocco, “red from a historic Moorish mosaic” is a ruby red pearl and black marble that appears translucent and is next in line in terms of rarity.  The most common color is Kashmir green, an emerald pearl and black marble. All Doric pens are relatively rare.  

It seems that two other colors are in existence, which may have been prototypes: a white luminescent pearl and a pearl and black model. 

 

In terms of band patterns, the Doric pens were introduced with three different filigree cap bands. The top-of-the-line Gold Seal pen possesses the most elaborate band. The less expensive Gold Seal Penstyle has a simpler filigree band, and the least expensive model without gold seal has very basic band. The bands both contributed to the beauty of the pens and protected the cap lip.

 

The Doric was offered with two different clip patterns and a lady’s ribbon ring pen. The roller ball clip exists in a regular clip-over-seal model as well as a soldier clip model in which the clip is placed on the top of the cap and above the seal. The lady’s pen and pencil possess a ribbon ring and often include a gold-filled panel for the engraving of initials.

 

In 1932, Eversharp introduced a fourth and fifth clip pattern which were without the roller ball clip. These clips were similar, with one longer than the other. The longer clip was later fitted to all the larger Gold Seal pens from 1935 to 1941. The shorter clip is called a clasp clip and, was described in the 1932 Eversharp catalogue as, “is particularly suited for the ladies’ purse.”

 

The more expensive Doric’s have a gold seal on the cap. They benefit from unlimited life guarantee.  The Jet, Morocco and Kashmir Doric pens are decorated with 14 karat yellow gold fill. The Cathay and Burma are trimmed with 14 karat white gold fill.  It seems that this trim is often described as silver, but this is inaccurate.  The Eversharp 1932 color catalogue describes them as having “white platonic gold” trims.  Eversharp catalogues all Doric pens with a seal, independently of their color, as Eversharp Gold Seal Pens.

 

As per the 1932 catalogue there were eight different styles of Doric pens, each with a matching pencil.  Those with a gold seal where guaranteed for life and those without the seal were not guaranteed for life and sold at a reduced price.

 

The first Doric model with the roller ball clip was made from 1931 to 1934 and was produced in different variations. Those included two different sizes of gold seals as well as different lengths. The Burma was produced in a full size model that was 6 ½ inches (16.5 cm) long and a shorter model that was approximately 6 inches (15 cm) long. The shorter model is much rarer than the full-size model. 

 

Another interesting feature is the interchangeable point. Fourteen different points were on offer and Eversharp heavily promoted this feature as the “Personal Point”.  To change points one unscrewed the point sleeve from the pen. The nib is set in the sleeve and the sleeve is interchangeable with any pen of the same size.  A customer could buy a few different points for different applications and use the same pen, or take his favorite point and change the pen body.  

 

In 1932, Eversharp introduced and aggressively advertised another interesting feature: the “Eversharp Adjustable Point Pen” offering an adjustable nib. A slider at the top of the nib allowed to “open” or “close” the point, which produced a broader or slimmer writing stroke, an effective marketing tool but technically not a very effective feature.  

 

When buying a Doric, collectors need to watch out for a problem that some Doric pens seem to encounter: it has happened that the plastic of some pens has disintegrated at the top of the cap and the bottom of the barrel.  This has been found to happen among the lighter colors (Cathay, Morocco and Kashmir). When buying or trading for a pen it is advisable to look out for any unusual color change or reflections at either end of the pen, which might indicate a certain risk that the pen could have the described problem.


A tip: to safeguard your pens you should store them after every use away from direct light and any heat source.  

 

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