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    Default Why this pen is one of my favorites



    Once in a long while, there are pens that just check-off a lot of checkboxes in my checklist. I've been too busy to give this pen a proper showcase. And you'll find out why this pen deserve a special one. Say 'hi' to the Belmont.

    Reason #1. The right panel in the collage, the pen has a celluloid that has a pretty red marble pattern, the condition is not bad, not too pristine, but good to excellent, nothing is missing, no chips, all mechanical aspects are in tip-top shape, no unsightly blemish. The clip says: Belmont, which gives us the identity of the pen.

    Reason #2. Look at the top left panel. This pen still has the white stuff that they put on the brand engraving. And the engraving is consistent with the brand, Belmont, and it gave us the historical context, this pen was sold exclusively via Rexall drugstore chain stores. Also, since this pen survived probably close to 90 years of existence, I guess it can claim that it's "NON-BREAKABLE".

    Reason #3. Look at the mid-left panel, having seen and restored a lot of vintage pens, I have a high-degree of confidence that this pen was made by the Moore Pen Company. I can explain why, but not here. Being a pen that was made by a manufacturer hired by another company (Rexall in this case), typically the nib would either retain the original manufacturer's name, or the manufacturer would make a "generic" one that would say "Warranted 14K". But look, this pen has a nib that says Belmont, just like the barrel and the clip. How many vintage 14K nibs have you seen that says Belmont on it?

    Reason #4. Now we arrive at the bottom-left panel. This "Belmont" nib can stand toe-to-toe with a dip nib. The line variation that it can produce is astonishing.

    On their own, any of the above reasons are not that rare. But the fact that all those reasons are embodied together in one single pen, that, in my book (and I suspect in many other collector's book), put this pen high up int the totem of "collectible" pens. Plus this pen is not one of the top five popular brand, which makes it even more interesting.
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    Default Re: Why this pen is one of my favorites

    Hi,

    I do understand totally why you like this pen...
    Great celluloid and the nib looks fine, too.

    Enjoy
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    Default Re: Why this pen is one of my favorites

    Quote Originally Posted by SchaumburgSwan View Post
    Hi,

    I do understand totally why you like this pen...
    Great celluloid and the nib looks fine, too.

    Enjoy
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    Indeed, Jens.
    If this pen were a Parker or Conklin or Wahl, no one would be surprised that it has consistent branding.
    But "Belmont" is not a popular and sought after brand.
    So even if there are other surviving samples of the same models, the chances that I would ever see another one is quite small, let alone seeing one in a similar condition.
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    Default Re: Why this pen is one of my favorites

    I had a small green marbled Belmont some years ago. Fine flex nib, a real jewel of a pen.
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    That is a great looking pen. I love the way it says it's non-breakable.
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    Default Re: Why this pen is one of my favorites

    Iíve never heard of or seen a Belmont fountain pen before. That nibís gorgeous flex would make it a keeper in my stable. Your writing does the nib justice, too.
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    Default Re: Why this pen is one of my favorites

    You are spot-on, Will: Belmont was a sub-brand made by Moore. No surprise you like it, as the Moore "family" usually performed above its pay grade. Here are three pens: a Moore in the middle with two Belmonts - to the left, same pattern but different color, to the right, same material on a larger pen. The clips show the branding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    I had a small green marbled Belmont some years ago. Fine flex nib, a real jewel of a pen.
    Deb, I seem to recall (maybe incorrectly) that there was a Belmont brand also but made in UK, not US?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kudzu View Post
    Iíve never heard of or seen a Belmont fountain pen before. That nibís gorgeous flex would make it a keeper in my stable. Your writing does the nib justice, too.
    Why thank you.
    The nib is in my view, spectacular. It's one of the reason that lead me to believe it's a Moore's nib because I have a Moore's Safety pen whose nib perform similarly to this one. As far as I'm concerned, this nib is a dip-nib, but made out of 14K gold, and it has a tipping material that I can make smooth to my preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    You are spot-on, Will: Belmont was a sub-brand made by Moore. No surprise you like it, as the Moore "family" usually performed above its pay grade. Here are three pens: a Moore in the middle with two Belmonts - to the left, same pattern but different color, to the right, same material on a larger pen. The clips show the branding.
    Alright! Glad my findings are backed up by your collection. I always admire your Moore collection, by the way. Now I have another reason to like them even more.

    Do the nibs also say "Belmont" on those two?
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Deb View Post
    I had a small green marbled Belmont some years ago. Fine flex nib, a real jewel of a pen.
    Deb, I seem to recall (maybe incorrectly) that there was a Belmont brand also but made in UK, not US?
    I'm not aware of a British Belmont pen but that doesn't mean there wasn't one. The pen I had was definitely American. The barrel imprint referred to the Rexall store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Do the nibs also say "Belmont" on those two?
    Indeed. As is typical for 2nd/3rd tier, the "gold plating" is more what was referred to as gold wash and much of it has come off. Anyway, the same two pens (sorry, had to do a quick potato macro with my phone):

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