Yard-O-Led Victorian Barley Fountain Pen: 18k Gold Italic Nib

£475.00

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Name: Yard-O-Led Viceroy Barley Fountain Pen 
Maker: Yard-O-Led, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Colour: Barleycorn Finish 
Material: Solid Sterling Silver: Hallmarked
Nib: 18k Gold Yard-O-Led Nib - Italic (Customised) 
Filling System: Standard International Cartridges included
Length: 147mm (full measurements below)
Condition: Excellent 

The Story 
Yard-O-Led have a long history dating back to 1934 producing silver jewellery and writing instruments in England, in particular their patented pencils which had the capacity to hold 12 3" leads - hence the name 'Yard O' Lead'. Yard O Led continue to produce sterling silver writing instruments by hand in Birmingham, UK

This is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship and an heirloom pen which will last generations. It is the standard size, slender and well balanced. The Broad Nib has been customised and ground into a crisp Italic. It writes with generous line variation, broad on the downstroke, and extra fine on the horizontal. Checkout the writing sample for a closeup.

The pen comes fully serviced, complete with box, papers and Yard O Led Pouch. RRP £849.99 

The Nitty-Gritty 
There are no major imperfections to note, no chips splits or engravings. 

There are some minor micro-scratches and signs of wear, particularly around the top of the cap. The nib has been customised by a nib meister from a Broad into a crisp Italic. In the process the palladium coating has worn away a touch.

The pen writes as you might expect from a crisp Italic, broad on the downstroke, extra fine on the horizontal, checkout the writing sample for a closeup 

Ink Recommendations
Why not pair with a bottle of J Herbin ink? Blue Ocean or Kyanite Du Nepal would make a wonderful compliment to this pen. 

Measurements
Length capped: 147mm
Length posted: N/A
Length uncapped: 142mm
Cap length: 63mm
Barrel diameter: 13mm
Cap diameter: 13mm
Weight: 25gms

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