I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside and outside of the cap and barrel. Hand polished the Gold Filled Rocker Clip, 2-Ring Cap Banding and 14K Conklin Toledo USA #2 NIB. The Rocker Clip displays just a hint of wear and polished to shine brightly. The gold-filled 2-ring cap banding displays only a hint of wear on the lower cap banding edge wear and has been polished to shine brightly. The lever arm is free from any wear and polished. I have cleaned, buffed, and polished the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy of the fountain pen and to protect the celluloid. This Conklin Vest Pocket Fountain Pen measures 4 1/2 capped and 5 1/4" posted.
The fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs and the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap and barrel have gorgeous rose and black coloring with no darkening of the celluloid. The barrel is stamped with, "TRADE CONKLIN MARK TOLEDO, OHIO U.S.A." There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or barrel.
This Conklin is a lever fill with the filling system restored with a new sac. The filling system works flawlessly and as it was originally intended to.
The Conklin 14K #2 NIB has a fine point measuring roughly .54mm when measured with digital calipers. In the writing sample provided, the nib writes with a fine line measuring roughly .50mm light pressure and will flex to a triple broad line which measures roughly 2.03mm with firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The writing sample in this listing was completed with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Montblanc Blue Ink.
This Conklin Vest Pocket Fountain Pen is an extremely desirable and difficult model size to find with the Rose & Black celluloid pattern. This example is collector grade and in what I would consider Excellent condition. The imprints are strong, the color is vibrant, working filling system, with great gold filled trim - everything a collector wants in this type of model. I would consider this a collector grade Conklin that should be cherished in a deserving writing arsenal collection.
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