Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Cleaned, buffed, and polished the outside of the cap and barrel. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new rubber sac. Hand polished the Gold Filled Cap Banding, Gold Filled Edison Clip, Gold Filled Lever Box Assembly along with the Warranted 14K #8 NIB.
This fountain pen is made from hard rubber in the Orange/Red color with no cracks which is almost impossible to find. The coloring is gorgeous displaying a consistent coloring between the cap and barrel. The lever is very clean with only very minor surface scratching. The Edison Clip displays no wear or brassing. The gold-filled cap banding is also in very good condition with minimal wear to the top edge of the cap banding. The barrel has a clean imprint at the center of the barrel that reads, "EDISON PEN CO PETERSBURG, VA USA". The butt end of the fountain pen has a crisp number "2 1/2C" imprint. The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. I point out the section towards the nib opening does display some darkening as is seen in the photos - very minor but point it out for clarity sake. There are no monograms or personalization to either the cap or barrel. There are no cracks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Edison 2 1/2C measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 5/8" posted.
The lever and box assembly has been cleaned and oiled. I have tested the lever filling systems with water and works flawlessly and as it was originally intended to.
This Edison has a #8 Warranted 14K Nib Made in the USA. The iridium tipping is in excellent condition with the point measuring 1.08mm when measured with digital calipers - a broad nib. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a medium line measuring roughly .82mm and flex up to a double broad line of 1.41mm when measured with digital calipers. I have to point out this Nib writes "buttery" smooth! 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.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This antique Edison Orange Hard Rubber Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition. I would consider the condition of this fountain pen to grade in very fine to excellent condition and certainly a very obscure model and color to acquire. This is a collector grade with amazing coloring. This Edison 2 1/2C Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition or add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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