Fountain Pen Restoration

Webster Fountain Pens

Webster pens were a brand sold through Sears stores and catalogs in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Here is an example of a catalog page with a selection of pens, including Websters from the Spring of 1924. This exact pen is not there, but many BCHR (black chased hard rubber) pens similar to it appear.

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Additional information on Store Sold Pens appears in a post that I wrote on December 11, 2007.

I finally had some time to take this pen apart and it was no easy task. The section was very stubborn and I actually had to walk away from the pen yesterday and come back and try again this evening. Finally, the heat worked and the section came out with no cracks. Here is the result of the extraction of the sac and lever. Both would need to be replaced and I used a new j-bar and size 16 sac. The gold polished up well and the Warranted 4 nib has some flex to it.

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The restored pen looks quite good and this is a bit surprising to me. The insides of the pen were quite dirty and the sac/pressure bar were a mess, but the exterior trim, rubber chasing, and imprints are almost mint.
It must have been stored very carefully for many years. As a collector, I am very thankful for this, and wish it happened more often.

Here is a picture if the finished product and side imprint. The SR on the logo stands for Sears and Roebuck.

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March 1, 2008 - Posted by | Hard Rubber Pen, Sears, Webster Pen | ,

7 Comments »

  1. I bought an old Webster fountain pen in October at a flee market for 5 dollars, it seem to be in excellent shape the tip of it says its 14kt gold, cool! now I want to find out how to use it, and where to buy ink and how to put it in it,I love cool pens and this is exiting

    Comment by Lorraine mac lean | January 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hello,
    i´ve bought an old webster streamline fountain pen.
    It is an lever filler, but i can´t oben the nib section.
    It would be very nice if you give me some informations about this pen. Of course i can send you a picture to see it.

    Thanks and regards.

    Christian

    Comment by Christian Dorr | February 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Good Morning Christian,

      Webster made several different lever fillers. I would like to see a photo prior to giving advise on getting the section removed.

      Thank you, and I look forward to helping in any way I can.

      Phil Munson munsonpens.wordpress.com

      Comment by all of us | February 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. I have a Webster Pen that is exactly like the one you have pictured above. Do you have any idea how to date it? I am thinking 1910s to 1920s.

    Comment by Margaret Crane | May 10, 2016 | Reply

    • You are correct! Sears advertisements show these hard rubber pens in the late 10s to early 20s. Enjoy your pen…

      Comment by PKM | May 10, 2016 | Reply

  4. I just bought a Webster “ladiy’s pen” that looks just like the one you showed above, except it has the ring on the top rather than a clip. It has a caligraphy type initial engraved on the gold cap. The pen is nice except for minute scratches on the gold cap and the end of the barrel looks like a previous owner instead of chewing on the end turned it in their ,mouth and their teeth made scratches around the plain (non-crazed) end.

    There is about a 0,75 mm deep (abt 0.5 mm) grove 4 mm from the end of the cap in the area where yours has the narrow band. I assume there was a band there, though if it fit in that groove it must have been a split ring, as it doesn’t appear to be able to fit over the end of the cap to get to the groove.

    The imprint on the barrel is very distinct just like yours, The pen is 4 1/2″ capped and 6. posted (including the ring on the cap.. I bought it at an estate sale, and like Lorraine, I paid $5 for it.

    EuGene Smith

    Comment by EuGene Smith | August 27, 2019 | Reply

  5. Oh dear, I left out a word…the groove is 0.75 WIDE and 0.5 deep.

    EuGene

    Comment by EuGene Smith | August 27, 2019 | Reply


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