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    Default Hooded Venus Lever Fill Listed as Esterbrook

    Not much information on these hooded nib Venus fountain pens. I decided to take a $7 chance that it could be restored. The seller listed it as an Esterbrook when Venus was clearly imprinted on the pocket clip.

    If anyone has information on the years of production I would be in your debt. I suspect the late '50's given the design difference from the ones in the 1940's, https://books.google.com/books?id=ZE...%20pen&f=false
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    Default Re: Hooded Venus Lever Fill Listed as Esterbrook

    Actually quite nice fountain pens. I have several.





    Yours appears to be one of the later versions after they changed the cap to extruded metal.

    They also used gold plated steel nibs towards the end so check to see if yours is 14K or plated. They had a top line open nib series sold as "President".
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    Default Re: Hooded Venus Lever Fill Listed as Esterbrook

    Quote Originally Posted by jar View Post
    Actually quite nice fountain pens. I have several.





    Yours appears to be one of the later versions after they changed the cap to extruded metal.

    They also used gold plated steel nibs towards the end so check to see if yours is 14K or plated. They had a top line open nib series sold as "President".
    Thank you so much for responding. Does the barrel unscrew or is it friction? Any idea the size of the sac I might need. I have one #16 left from Esty restorations.

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    Default Re: Hooded Venus Lever Fill Listed as Esterbrook

    Sorry, no idea on either question. IIRC the last time I needed one repaired I just stopped in at the local fountain pen hospital and in about ten minutes they handed it back feeling MUCH better now. But I think Ike was still President at the time.

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    Default Re: Hooded Venus Lever Fill Listed as Esterbrook

    I'll report back when it arrives and I figure it out.

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    Default Re: Hooded Venus Lever Fill Listed as Esterbrook

    Pen arrived today. The fit is friction. I use heat. It took awhile to clean out the barrel and nib section. I used a #16 sac I had left over from Esty restorations.
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    Default Re: Hooded Venus Lever Fill Listed as Esterbrook

    The Venus is back together and drew water so I filled with Waterman Serenity Blue and gave it a test write. It writes drier than the Parker 21, but more wet than either "51". The nib is smooth and the pen comfortable in the hand.

    Given than later Venus bought Esterbrook, I felt I needed to experience one of their pens. I am not as impressed with the materials as with an Etsy, the pen works and can be easily restored with a #16 sac.

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    Default Re: Hooded Venus Lever Fill Listed as Esterbrook

    This might help to date this hooded Venus. The ad is from 1954.
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