ES373 Esterbrook Relief No. 12. (Broad Stub)

ES373 Esterbrook Relief No. 12.  (Broad Stub)
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  • Product Code: VINT_ES373
  • £90.00
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ES373 Esterbrook Relief No. 12. (Broad Stub)

Date: c1930s

Size: Capped - 123mm; posted - 154mm.

A very unusual Esterbrook Relief No. 12.  The No. 12c Relief pen is usually a re-badged Conway Stewart No. 28, but this one looks identical to a 2-L, and I thought it was a 2-L until I saw the barrel imprint which says just "RELIEF / No. 12".  It is a bit of a mystery, this one.  The pen is made from celluloid and both barrel and cap are very nice and glossy with no noticeable surface scratches. The trim is all gold plated, with no apparent wear at all, which is quite unusual in itself.   The cap has a domed hard rubber top.  The pocket clip is a washer style imprinted "RELIEF" down the stem and has a teardrop at the bottom end.  The barrel imprint is still in nice condition - a little wear but still complete and easily read.  The short gold plated filling lever has a small circular end tab with the letter "R" imprinted.  The nib is a 14 carat gold Esterbrook Relief No. 2 in a broad stub point.

I have fully serviced this pen.  The nib writes very smoothly with a very good wet line.  It produces some rather attractive line width variation from a fine-to-medium to a good solid broad width with no effort at all.  This is quite a rare model - possibly a "transitional" model between the L-2 and the No. 12 with a sweet little stub nib.

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