|A while back, I went to a
local estate sale where I found two fountain pens. One was a
lovely little Sheaffer BCHR ringtop and the other was one I had never
seen before. It turned out to be an Army Brown Eversharp Skyline.
That pen stirred my interest and I found that Skylines were not only the most popular pen of the 1940s, but that there was an incredible variety of models, ranging from solid color all plastic to solid gold. This variety, combined with the large number made, combine to make these pens available and affordable.
Since then, I have collected a number of Skylines, and lately have begun to try to match pens and pencils into sets.
Below are most of my Skyline collection. The standard size is 5 1/4" capped and demi is 4 7/8".
|This tray contains
From left to right:
All plastic, solid color with narrow cap band, standard size
All plastic, solid color, with wide cap band and gold filled derby, standard size
Gold filled cap, horizontal grooves, with gold filled derby, demi size
Gold filled cap, vertical grooves, with plastic derby, standard size
|Individual examples, L - R
Standard size pen, striped plastic cap
Demi size pen, striped plastic cap
Standard size pen, modern stripe body and cap, no cap band
Demi size pencil, modern stripe, gold filled derby and cone
Standard size pen, solid color, no cap band, short clip, "Streamliner"
Standard size ball point pen, striped plastic cap
Standard size pencil, solid 14K gold
Demi size pencil, gold filled cap in barleycorn pattern
|Individual examples (some
repeats) L - R
Standard size pen, striped plastic cap, wide cap band
Standard size pen, striped plastic cap, narrow cap band
Demi size pen, striped plastic cap, narrow cap band
Standard size pen, modern stripe plastic, no cap band
Demi size pen, solid color plastic, narrow cap band
Standard size pen, solid color plastic, no cap band, short clip.
Standard size ball point pen, striped cap, narrow cap band
|On the right is a pen/pencil
set that has become my daily writer.
This is a demi sized set with black plastic barrel and derby and 14K gold filled caps with horizontal grooves.
The pen has a medium width nib that has been ground by Pendleton Brown into a "Pendleton Point" Cursive Italic.
This set is imprinted with the name of its original owner and came in a tiny Morocco leather case imprinted the same, R. GUMS.