I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Replaced the old sac with a new, properly sized sac. Hand polished the Gold Filled Clip, Triple Ring Cap Banding, and 14K Gold Bond #8 NIB. Cleaned, Buffed, and Polished the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy of fountain pen and to protect the Celluloid. This Gold Bond is an Oversize model that measures 5 1/2" capped and 6 3/4" posted.
The fountain pen cap and barrel are in magnificent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. The cap has the Gold Bond stamped clip. The clip displays a small bit of brassing on the high-point of the ball and at the very top of the clip, very minor and point it out for clarity sake. The 3-ring cap banding displays a wonderful rich gold filled color with only a small hint of wear. The barrel is stamped clearly with, "GOLD BOND STONITE". There is a personalization that is stamped into the barrel that reads, "THOS. W. MATHEWS". The celluloid on this fountain pen is vibrant and gorgeous - very even color throughout.
This Gold Bond has a lever filling mechanism and I have tested with water and fills as it should. Works as it is designed to.
The NIB is a #8 Gold Bond 14K that writes with a wet, fairly smooth line. The actual writing portion (iridium) of the 14K NIB has a medium point measuring roughly .67mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a medium to triple broad stroke/line. In the writing sample provided, the medium line measures at .78mm with light pressure and the triple broad line measures at 1.81mm with medium to firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The writing sample 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.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This vintage Gold Bond Oversize Flat Top Fountain Pen is exceptional in the condition and color. This is a very uncommon Gold Bond due to the flat top ends and due to it being an Oversized model in this particular celluloid - I haven't seen other Oversized pen in this color celluloid. The celluloid is very similar to what Waterman was using during the time period. I would consider this Gold Bond to grade in Excellent Condition. It is collector grade quality and is ready to write or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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