Fountain Pen Restoration

Webster Skyrocket

Webster Pens, best known for being a Sears brand, were produced by several manufacturers throughout the years.  These pens were sold both through catalogs and in Stores for years.  An early Black Hard Rubber example appeared here way back in December of 2007 (Store Pens) and again in March of 2008 (Webster Pens).

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Much later, perhaps in the late 1940s or early 50s, this Webster Skyrocket appeared on the scene.  Below you can see the restoration.  It is a simple lever filler, with a nice visible ink window.  I found this one lightly used and a thorough cleaning in the ultrasonic cleaner (section, feed, and nib) revealed a healthy dose of left over black ink.  The sac was nothing more than powder, but the lever was intact.

Here is the before photo.

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After cleaning the feed, nib (14K Webster) and section, I proceeded to polish up the cap and barrel.  As you can see from the photo above, much of the cheap gold plating has worn off of the cap end, band and barrel end.  However the clip and lever have retained their gold.  I attempted to clean the rest of the pen’s plastic, while leaving all of the plating in it’s original, imperfect condition.  I replaced the old sac with a size 16 clear sac to provide for a nice look through the section window when filled with ink.  After the sac was attached, I let it sit overnight and tested with water for any possible leaks.  The resulting pen is below.

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The Pen measures 5 5/16 closed and a very long 6 3/8 inches posted and was probably produced by National Pen Products of Chicago for Sears.  It is a burgundy, or I have seen it described as Dubonnet Red in other Webster models.  I have also seen it in black, and a Ballpoint pen, similar in design, can be found.

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I find these later fountain pens with names such as Skyrocket, Sky Writer, Skyline, and Skyboy,to be interesting to the times that they were produced.  The era of Air Travel and Rockets was just in its early stages and the Pen Companies were no different than the Auto Companies or any number of consumer and entertainment businesses in capitalizing on their popularity and allure.  Please take a moment, if you haven’t already to visit a few that I have written about in the past ~

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Waterman First Generation Skywriter – December 3, 2012

Silver 1950s Skywriter – May 14, 2012

Waterman Third Generation Skywriter – April 19, 2012

Waterman Skywriter – March 1, 2012

Sheaffer Skyboy Surprise – March 21, 2008

This pen is quite heavy in relation to many of its contemporaries and as previously mentions measures a long 5 5/16 inches capped and 6 3/8 inches posted.  Much attention to Webster Fountain Pens is directed to the earlier models and the Parker produced models, but for a user pen, this one shouldn’t be overlooked.

 

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January 6, 2015 - Posted by | Webster Pen, Webster Skyrocket | ,

5 Comments »

  1. Nice to see you back at the workbench; I’ve missed your writing these past several months. Also, a nice pen for “re-entry”.

    Comment by Inkograph Collector | January 6, 2015 | Reply

  2. Interesting article and a very nice restoration job. Do you ever try filling and writing with the restored pens? If so, what are your observations on their feel/performance?

    Comment by Robert Stuthridge | January 7, 2015 | Reply

    • I have written with most of the pens that I restore, usually shortly after completion. Observations vary, but not surprisingly, relate directly to the quality of the nib in a majority of the cases.

      Comment by PKM | January 7, 2015 | Reply

  3. I have a dainty antique ink pen with a gold nib and holder with what appears to be a plastic handle made to look like mother of pearl. I haven’t seen anything like it and wonder if you can tell me something about it. The letters exposed on the nib reads AGEL, under which reads UCAH and under that, KY. Any information would be appreciated.

    Comment by sophiademas | September 30, 2015 | Reply

    • I suspect the letters exposed are only partial words; further, UCAH and KY almost certainly refer to Paducah Kentucky. Hard for me to say what word the fragment AGEL might be part of. Perhaps others will be familiar with a brand that ends in those letters.

      Comment by Inkograph Collector | September 30, 2015 | Reply


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