Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Replaced the old rubber bulb/sac with a new bulb/sac. Hand polished the Sterling Cap, Clip, and Barrel along with the 14K Flexible NIB.
This fountain pen is made of Sterling Silver. The sterling silver overlay is a fluted design with clusters of 5 lines then a single line and repeats around the cap and barrel. The cap banding is stamped with, "STERLING and the William S. Hicks Hallmark WSH".
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations on the barrel and there is a cartouche area that has been left untouched. The sterling overlay looks beautiful that displays normal use wear and scratching - I point out for clarity sake that on the end of the barrel is one tiny ding and the cap has two very minor dings. This Hicks Sterling Fountain Pen measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 1/8" posted.
The Hicks has what is a Bulb Filling System. This bulb filling unit is a simple filling solution, just squeeze the bulb and release and the ink will draw up into the reservoir. One would have to do this several times to fill the barrel full.
The NIB is a 14K Made in U.S.A. Flexible NIB. This Nib is extremely fun to write with and provides the user with an exceptional writing experience. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Ideal NIB, it measured at a medium point of .72mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a Medium line measuring roughly .76mm and flexes up to triple broad stroke of approximately 1.85mm with a 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-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
These William S. Hicks Fountain Pens are uncommon - his pens catered to the high-end retailers, namely Tiffany & Co., during the 1910s through the 1930s and are sought out today. I would grade this Hicks in Very Fine Condition and is a collector grade. A superb writing instrument to add to your writing arsenal collection!
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