ME194 Spot Lever Self-Filler. (Semi-Flexible Extra-Fine)

ME194 Spot Lever Self-Filler. (Semi-Flexible Extra-Fine)
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Product Code: VINT_ME194
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ME194 Spot Lever Self-Filler. (Semi-Flexible Extra-Fine)

Date: c1930s

Size: Length - 5 inches capped; 6 9/16 inches posted.

A very attractive full-sized and rather unusual Spot pen, made by Mentmore.  This example is in excellent condition.  with the aid of a loupe I can see a tiny bit of plating wear to the upper edge of the pocket clip, the upper surface of the pocket clip ball terminal, and a little foxing to the filling lever.  none of this is readily apparent without magnification.  Both cap and barrel are made from glossy jet black celluloid, with a lovely sharp and crisp machine-applied barleycorn pattern chasing.  They have no noticeable scratches or any other damage that I can see.  The cap has a large flat black hard rubber top button that bears the large white spot and holds on the gold filled and ball-ended pocket clip that has the Mentmore "M" on the shoulder.  Near the cap lip is a single narrow gold plated band.  This is a lever filled pen.  The rather robust-looking filling lever is also gold plated, and the Mentmore "M" imprinted on the end tab.  To the side of the barrel is a lovely large and crisp imprint which includes the Spot leopard trade-mark.  The nib is a nice large 14 carat Spot in what looks to be an extra-fine point size.  This also has the leopard logo imprinted on it. 

I have fully serviced this pen.  The nib is nice and smooth and lays down a great wet and consistent extra-fine width line.  The nib is a soft one - I would say just about semi-flexible - It will write with variation in line width from an extra-fine to a medium with normal writing pressure, and can easily go to a broad if you apply a little extra pressure.   

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