MS536 Gold Starry Fountain Pen and Pencil Set. (Semi-Flexible Fine)

MS536 Gold Starry Fountain Pen and Pencil Set.  (Semi-Flexible Fine)
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MS536 Gold Starry Fountain Pen and Pencil Set. (Semi-Flexible Fine)

Date: c1950s

Size: Length - 4 3/8 inches capped; 5 1/8 inches posted.

I do not often see pens from this French manufacturer in the UK, so this is quite a good find.  Both items are in excellent condition.  The only thing I would mention is that the fountain pen nib has a ripple in the left-hand tine.  This is not unusual in a vintage pen, especially one with a soft nib like this one as the soft nibs are a bit more delicate than the stiffer nibs.  This set has all gold filled trim, with the caps and barrels made from a very attractive grey casein with black intrusions of a type that I have seen on some Burnham pens and pencils so it is possible that this pen was made by Burnham.  I know some were made by Conway Stewart, but this is not one of those. 

Fountain Pen

The cap has a gold filled top button with a pocket clip that is somewhat arrow-shaped - probably just enough unlike a Parker clip to not attract a lawsuit!  At the cap lip is a wide and narrow band.  This is a button filled pen - you unscrew the blind cap at the end of the barrel and below is the original black filling button.  On the barrel is a very good crisp and large imprint.  The nib is made from 18ct gold and in a fine point.  

Pencil

This is a propel-repel pencil that works by twisting the gold filled point.  The short cap unscrews and there is a lead storage area below.  I have installed a fresh 1.18mm lead into the mechanism and it is all ready to go.  

I have fully serviced this set, and both pieces work perfectly.  The nib writes with a good wet line that has a little tooth, as many flexible and semi-flexible nibs do.  It is, I would say, semi-flexible and will give you some very attractive line width variation from a fine to a good generous broad with very little effort.    

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