Fountain Pen Restoration

Wilson Fountain Pens III

This is the third installment of information about Wilson Fountain Pens (India). My first post was dated February 9, 2009, titled Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery. The second, Wilson Fountain Pen Advertising, was dated July 20, 2009. I was originally interested in this pen as it was a very good copy of the successful Parker Pen from the 30s and 40s, the Vacumatic.

In my post of February 9, 2009 I mentioned that Wilson moved to Andheri in 1945, and it appears by this postmark that they (Dhiraj Pen Manufacturing Co.) were located there in 1960.  I had surmised that my pen was from the 1940 and it appears that this pen was still either in production, or being sold, as late as 1960, when this envelope was mailed in 1960.


Unfortunately, the envelope that I found was empty, and I do not know what Dhiraj and De Sanno and Son were corresponding about.


No restoration this week, but another piece of the Wilson Pen (The Universal Favorite) puzzle.  In the last few years I have had several inquiries based on the two articles above, and I hope this little bit of ephemera helps add to the collective research.



Any further information on the Wilson line of pens would be appreciated.

Edit 10/15/11~ David Isaacson has allowed me to share the following photo, which is another interesting piece of Wilson ephemera.  A thread regarding these pens appears here.


10-12-13 Edit:  An outstanding piece, written by Purvi Sanghvi, a relative of the founders of Wilson Pens, can be found here.  It details some of the history of Wilson Pens!


June 6, 2011 - Posted by | Wilson Pen Company |


  1. Hello,
    Please provide me with your email address as I maybe able to help you with more information about Wilson Pens .

    My father is the eldest son of late Dwarkadas Sanghvi who ran the business at Andheri(East)


    Comment by Purvi Sanghvi | June 27, 2011 | Reply

    • my email id is and I would be much obliged if i could buy or have one of these in my collection. THanks and best regards, Rishi Nair

      Comment by Rishi Nair | August 1, 2011 | Reply

  2. Check out Balkrishna Pen Pvt Ltd – that’s the company Dwarkadas Sanghvi started and that produced the Wilson Pen

    Comment by Nitin Pai | September 11, 2011 | Reply

  3. I have one of these as well. How much does the auction fetch to sell.. just to know , not that i want to sell or anything.

    Comment by babitha | February 13, 2014 | Reply

    • I really do not know the market value for a restored Wilson of this type as I have not sold mine either.


      Comment by PKM | February 13, 2014 | Reply

      • I have another issue as well. i donot know how to refill the ink , pls its old so when i tried t o unscrew it it broke from the below the nib to the body if istick it how will i refill ink?

        Comment by babitha | February 13, 2014

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