This 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 Chilton Gold Filled Clip and displays a hint of brassing on the ball and high point of the clip. The 3-Ring Cap Banding displays some wear on the middle band but displays rich gold filled color overall. The barrel is clearly stamped with, "CHILTON PEN LONG ISLAND CITY, NEW YORK. PEND. MADE IN U.S.A.". The butt-end of the barrel is stamped with the model number "17". The black celluloid coloring is beautiful and shiny. I have ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new, properly sized Silicone sac. Hand polished the Chilton Gold Filled Clip, 3-Ring Narrow/Wide/Narrow Cap Banding, and 14K Chilton Nib. Cleaned, Buffed, Polished and Waxed the barrel and cap to bring back the vibrancy of fountain pen and to protect the celluloid - the Jet Black now looks amazing. There are no personalizations or monograms to either the cap or barrel. This Chilton #17 Model Fountain Pen is a Senior Full Size (not Oversize) that measures 5 1/8" capped and 6 1/4" posted.
The filling unit on this Chilton is known as a Pneumatic filler. To refill the pen, you have to slide the barrel upwards, put your finger over the little hole that is at the end of the barrel, push it downwards again, put the nib inside the ink pot and release the pressure of the finger, creating a vacuum which allows ink to go up through the nib and into the sac. I have greased the filling unit, so it operates smoothly. There is excellent suction on the seals - it fills as it was intended to.
The Chilton NIB is 14K gold and the actual tipping material has a medium point measuring roughly .71mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing a sample with this NIB, it writes with a fine (f) to a triple broad (bbb) stroke/line. In the writing sample provided in the listing, the fine line measures at .56mm with light pressure and the triple broad line measures at 1.83mm under medium to firm pressure when measured with digital calipers. The nib writes with a very smooth writing experience. The writing sample was done with the actual pen in the images 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.
This Senior Chilton is in beautiful condition, has a great color with a clear imprint. These types of Chilton's are hard to find in this type of condition which, I would grade in excellent. Certainly, a worthy writing instrument to add to one's collection and is ready for use if indeed one intends to do so.
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