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    Surprise! Another Gold Bond landed on my workbench.

    This one was first appearing at Christof's mini-collection thread along with its three siblings (see above).



    And in restoring this one, I was reminded again at how much force sometimes it takes to separate a celluloid and ebonite that has been together for 100 years or so.

    Don't worry, no one is hurt, including this restorer

    And the nib on this one is truly original marked Gold Bond 14K, and it's "O la la" flexy, flexy.
    Last edited by penwash; July 13th, 2020 at 09:13 PM.
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    Default Re: Gold Bond restoration

    Is the section faceted, or is that just the light?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Is the section faceted, or is that just the light?
    Just the light.
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    Just did another sketch with the same pen:

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    Very adventurous journey with lot of patience . I love the story and a nice restoration!!

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    By now I realized that I am a sucker for pens that no respectable collectors would probably consider

    This Gold Bond (surprise, surprise) is the equivalent of a mangy-looking dog who followed you home.

    At one point, I believe this was a "jade" colored Stonite (one of the many branding of celluloid). Over time the celluloid had undergone several transformations. First the barrel discolored into orange, then the part of the cap which has no inner cap started to discolor and towards the cap lip, became semi-transparent!

    So in the end, today, this pen has the same appearance as the "7-Layer Dip" (said my wife, i had to google that).

    But I love it. It's full of character -- and no cracks. It's impressively sized, and feels so nice in the hand.

    Plus the trims are in excellent condition, and the lever is strong and snug. I put a #20 ink sac in it which fits perfectly, fill with your favorite ink (Pelikan Edelstein Smoky Quartz is mine, at least this week, hahaha) and you're set to go.

    The nib is glorious huge Gold Bond 14K that writes with a precision of a Tango dancer.



    The sketch, if you care to know, is a tribute to one of my favorite painters: Albert Bierstadt. Of course, in my own Sloppy Sketch style.
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    Beautiful discoloration, beautiful sketch.

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    Very cool looking pen there. Personally I think it is great to see the old mangy dog pens rescued.

    You probably already know that Colorado's Mount Bierstadt was named after this painter, who was the first recorded to make it to the top in 1863.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    Very cool looking pen there. Personally I think it is great to see the old mangy dog pens rescued.

    You probably already know that Colorado's Mount Bierstadt was named after this painter, who was the first recorded to make it to the top in 1863.
    I actually didn't know that!

    There must be one of his paintings featuring that mountain then.
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    Guess what!

    Another Gold Bond. Going at this rate, I'll have as many Gold Bond in my collection as the number of movies about the other ... Bond!

    (not really, not even close).

    With these Gold Bond pens, is like a box of chocolate, you'd never know what new variation you'd find. This pen is a perfect example of something I've never seen before. A Gold Bond that has round ends, but not as tapered as the Sheaffer Balance. The size of this pen is kinda odd as well, a tad longer than my other pocket sized ones, but not as long as the 7-layer dip above. In fact, the size of this pen reminded me of a Geha or Osmia or Staedtler 1930s German piston fillers.

    But one thing I can count on, almost all of my Gold Bond 14K original nib has the same characteristics. XF to F with the propensity of producing crisp line variations with a touch of pressure. A sketcher's dream (maybe that's partly why I'm addicted to them).

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    And guess what, I found a twin brother of the Gold Bond above.



    Consider that these two were never expected to last this long, let alone to be collected and displayed in the distant future.

    In the 1920s, these were just ordinary, department store -bought, writing tools that anyone could have used without any thoughts other than finishing their day at the job or business or office or factory or station.

    Yet here we are, almost a century later, the two met each other.

    Fascinating, isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    And guess what, I found a twin brother of the Gold Bond above.



    Consider that these two were never expected to last this long, let alone to be collected and displayed in the distant future.

    In the 1920s, these were just ordinary, department store -bought, writing tools that anyone could have used without any thoughts other than finishing their day at the job or business or office or factory or station.

    Yet here we are, almost a century later, the two met each other.

    Fascinating, isn't it?
    It's almost like watching one of those long lost family shows. Twins, separated as infants...

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    They're everywhere!

    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

    ~ Benjamin Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    And guess what, I found a twin brother of the Gold Bond above.

    Consider that these two were never expected to last this long, let alone to be collected and displayed in the distant future.

    In the 1920s, these were just ordinary, department store -bought, writing tools that anyone could have used without any thoughts other than finishing their day at the job or business or office or factory or station.

    Yet here we are, almost a century later, the two met each other.

    Fascinating, isn't it?
    It's almost like watching one of those long lost family shows. Twins, separated as infants...
    This one is even better, because there is no chance that these two would found out that they can't stand each other
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    Default Re: Gold Bond restoration

    It was back in '36 in the dime store, when Miss McGillicuddy sold both those pens to a travelling salesman.


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    And, strange to tell, George the salesman fell head over heels for Miss Gillicuddy and so little Muriel had a Daddy at last. They were all so happy together in the apartment above the dime store and Muriel had a Gold Bond pen to do her schoolwork.

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    Either that, or Ryan and Tatum O'Neal watch as Dorothy Price plays the mark in their change raising con. "It just don't seem quite right...somehow." (Paper Moon, 1973)

    I've always liked Gold Bonds, especially the ones that sport the distinctive yellow ends. Others seem to to like them, too; they sell well.
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    And so ...



    Another Gold Bond.

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    Just discovered this thread, nice pens !

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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    And so ...



    Another Gold Bond.

    "M" for Memoirs...
    An interesting Gold Bond. Pretty unusual Eversharp made pen. Based on the rather uncommon "Eversharp Junior", but with three narrow cap bands and a differently patterned celluloid. The complex two-part barrel with the visuated front is pure 1930's whimsey. That script on the nib matches the Gold Bond Dorics that crop up from time to time. Very nice and obscure collectors pen.

    Bob

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