For your consideration, we are offering for sale this Spectacular Late 1800s (Circa 1895) Repousse Gold Filled Diamond, Snail, and Floral Overlay Pattern Fountain Pen. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned, and put back together and now is in wonderful writing condition. The fountain pen does not have a makers mark but resembles some of the H.M. Smith overlays that I have handled in the past. If the fountain pen is an H.M. Smith overlay, he was known to be a selling agent for Paul Wirt pens. Smith's contribution to Wirt's business was his sale of several Wirt pens to Mark Twain, who visited Smith's store in 1886 and one of this most notable moments in the writing instrument space.

I have hand cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Cleaned and polished the outside of the cap and barrel along with the 14K No. 4 Warranted Nib.

This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber with Gold Filled Diamond, Snail, and Pasey Floral Pattern Overlay which is absolutely incredible and in Excellent condition. All the Gold-filled overlay has been polished to shine brightly. The Slip Cap and Barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. There is a personalizations on the barrel that reads, "DR. J. KRAUSKOPF". There are no cracks or repairs to the hard rubber or the gold-filled overlay - this Diamond pattern and hard rubber is in excellent condition with much less to normal wear and usage. This Smith measures 5 1/2" in length capped and 6 7/8" posted. .

This Slip Cap Fountain Pen is an Eyedropper Fill type. I have tested the filling system with ink and works as it was originally intended to.

The Fountain Pen has a 14K No. 4 Warranted Nib. The iridium tipping is in very good condition with the point measuring .77mm when measured with digital calipers - a medium nib point. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a fine to triple broad stroke/line. The fine line measures roughly .55mm and will flex to a triple broad stroke/line of 1.91mm with medium to firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue Ink.

This Slip Cap Fountain Pen with Diamond, Snail, and Pasey Floral Pattern is in impeccable condition for the age. I would consider the condition of this fountain pen to easily grade in Very Fine to Excellent condition. If you are a collector of these types of Slip Cap Gold Filled Repousse Overlay Fountain Pens then I would care to guess you will be very pleased with this one in terms of condition. A fabulous addition to one's writing arsenal collection.
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