– 7-M Word Gauge
– Green V-Line Herringbone
– Senior Oversize
– Patent dates embossed
Conklin NOZAC – Up here is a vintage Conklin Nozac Senior fountain pen, which was manufactured in USA circa 1930s.
Promoted as “the pen that winds like a watch” and placed at top of Conklin’s product line, the Conklin Nozac (“no sack”) was named America’s best “sackless” self filler. The pen is an later version, FACETED body with ART-DECO gold cap bands, designed by Conklin’s chief designer, Andreas Bienenstein.
There is a “WORD GAUGE” feature: with a hot-stamped scale reading in thousands (1-M, 2-M…) applied to the barrel, to keep track of how many words remained in the ink supply.
The pen is in nice condition, without any damage only showing minor weaer due to age, and some scratches at the barrel end.
Conklin enhanced the the relatively large capacity of the Nozac by introducing ‘Word gauge’ features in 1932. It features stamped scale reading in thousands (1-M, 2-M, 3-M and so on). Larger numberd scale represents larger ink capacity; and 7-M is probably the largest one among the series. Common found in the market is 5-M version.
This is the SENIOR jumbo OVERSIZE version of the series, largest size with 5-1/2 inches length.
There are 7M word gauge on the barrel, and the pen supposedly helped to keep track of how many words remained in the ink supply. Nozac advertising proclaimed, “A pen without a Word Gauge is like a car without a gas gauge.”
The pen is in stunning and rare GREEN V-LINE HERRINGBONE MARBLED patterning., semi-transparent amber striped that you can see the ink flow inside the barrel.
On the barrel there are 2 imprints, nice and crips, and the US patent number ‘D84394’ & ‘1902809-10-11’ was embossed.
The pen bears a large Conklin 14ct gold nib, with a CRESCENT’ embossed.
The NOZAC filling system is in working order.
This Conklin is a classic elegance. The colour even makes it extremely attractive, rare and highly sought after by collectors all over the world.
Conklin invented the first successful self-filling pen, the Conklin Crescent Filler in 1897, and it was very successful, propelling the company into the majors of pen manufacturing. Conklin continued producing Crescent Filler pens into the 1920s, eventually converting to lever-fill pens. This lateness to the game foreshadowed Conklin’s decline, which accelerated during the depression, finishing with the company being sold to a Chicago company in 1938, along with all of it’s tooling and inventory. From the late 1930s, Conklin pens were made with Chicago imprints. The company shuttered in the mid 1950s.
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