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Conklin Endura Symetrik. Original, mint 1937 pen.

Regular price £235.00

The Conklin Endura Symetrik was the company's first streamline pen, probably as a response to the Sheaffer Balance.  It was introduced in 1929 and discontinued in 1938.

The 'Cushon Point' nib, as in this pen, was added in 1937 along with a slimmed down clip, very similar to the one used on the Conklin Nozac.  As the company moved from Toledo to Chicago shortly after, and this pen is clearly stamped 'Toledo', it can be dated to 1937.

The pen is in absolutely stunning condition throughout.  A full sized pen, it is finished in brown and gold marble with Gold filled clip, cap bands and filler lever.  Just below the clip is a gold 'sparkle filled' crescent.

The surface is flawless and the barrel imprint clearly legible, it reads:

The Conklin pen Co.
Toledo. Ohio. U.S.A.
ENDURA-D-83592
Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.
Some of these pens were also stamped 'Symetrik', others were not.  It has been suggested that the stamped pens were for export only and the others, such as this pen, were for home distribution.  In all other respects the pens are identical.

The lever is clearly stamped: 

Pat.Nov.17.1925

The nib is inscribed:
Conklin
Cushon
Point
14 KT
U.S.A.

With lengths of 13.3 cm. capped and an impressive 15.7 cm. posted this is a large 'chunky' pen, with a great deal of presence. 

The only 'restoration' that was needed was the fitting of a new ink sac as the original had hardened with age.  The overall condition of the pen suggests that it has seen very little use over the last eighty five years. 

The 14 Ct. Gold Conklin Cushon Point nib is an absolute gem, Conklin wanted to use 'Cushion Point' but someone had already registered that so they settled for 'Cushon'.  It is very smooth and produces a consistent medium line with a responsive flex giving good line variation.  Someone with a decent 'hand' would certainly enjoy using this pen.

The Conklin Endura Symetrik has recently been 'reimagined' as a cartridge filler, it bears only a superficial resemblance to the 1930s pen and the build quality does not compare.  

This original is a very rare pen and is highly collectable.  A pen in such superb condition is extremely hard to find.

 


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