Fountain Pen Restoration

Wahl Oxford Fountain Pen

This week brought a dark red (burgundy?) marbled Wahl Oxford pen to be restored.  It is a lever filler, though the Oxford brand was also made in a twist filler.

The barrel was quite scratched from years of use and the sac was shot, though it did come out in one hard piece.  It is always nice when this happens, as it prevents the need for extensive scraping.

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I cleaned the pen thoroughly, including light buffing to remove some of the scratches.  After completely removing remnants of the old sac from the section, cleaning the nib and feed, I attached a new size 16 sac to the section.  I was able to use the old j-bar in the barrel, and after fitting the section/feed/nib back into the barrel, a water test was successful and the pen filling system works like new.

I then polished the outside of the barrel.  The clip, which reads “Wahl Oxford”, has a light gold wash on it. so I was very careful to gently clean this so as to preserve any remaining gold to match the lever and nib.

This pen comes with a Warranted Number 3 14K nib, as do all of the Wahl Oxford Lever fillers I have worked on.

The pen measures 5 1/4 inches capped and 6 1/2 inches posted.

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I have know of no way to pinpoint the date of manufacture, but Wahl Oxfords were produced by Wahl Eversharp in Chicago around time period of 1931-1940.

They were a lower price point pen produced by Eversharp to provide a cheaper alternative to the higher priced Doric line of the same period.  Wahl Dorics are a very desirable collectible today and highly sought after in good conditions.  The Oxford provides a more affordable entry into Wahl Eversharp pens of the period, as it did in the 1930s.

I have highlighted the imprint with white crayon.

MADE IN USA

BY THE MAKERS OF

EVERSHARP

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I currently own two other Wahl Oxfords:  a brown marble, and green marble.  Here are all three, with an original box.

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November 19, 2008 - Posted by | Wahl Eversharp, Wahl Oxford Pens | ,

5 Comments »

  1. That’s a good looking pen. I wonder how many different colors there were?

    Comment by jonro | November 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. Good Question Jon. These are the only colors I have seen (in the lever filler that looks like these), though I think I may have seen an all black one. Hopefully, someone will respond if they have another color(s). The twist fills have many other colors.

    Comment by all of us | November 19, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hi, I have a Wahl Oxford size 2 14k nib in emerald green that I want to restore, so your notes above are very helpful. Please can you p[oint me in the right direction in sourcing the sac replacement. Many thanks from Australia. John

    Comment by John | May 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Good luck with your restoration. I obtain my sacs from Woodbin, in Ontario, Canada. Web address is http://www.woodbin.ca/. I have no affiliation, but am satisfied with their service and products. There are other outlets as well, though I am not familiar with the Australian Market. …Phil

      Comment by all of us | May 4, 2010 | Reply

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