Wahl Eversharp needed a new design shortly after the War, although the Skyline was very successful it was difficult to manufacture and the reject rate was too high. The company had also been hit with a series of marketing disasters, the unpopular Fifth Avenue pen was floundering and the badly designed CA ballpoint pen was giving the warranty department nightmares!
Eversharp turned to one of the most successful industrial desgners of the time, Raymond Loewy, to come up with a design for a new pen which would be attractive (unlike the Fifth Avenue) and easy to manufacture (unlike the Skyline). Loewy came up with the Symphony, a stylish, good looking pen which was easy to manufacture. The Symphony was immediately successful, it wrote well, didn't have any leakage problems and it was pitched at the mid range market which was traditionally where eversharp operated most profitably. The Mk1 Symphony was fitted with the famous Loewy Slipper Cap, this was superseded in later design revisions (again, to keep manufacturing costs down) by a smooth cap.
The Symphony, although not as popular as the iconic Skyline, deserved to be more successful than it actually was, it was well made, very reliable and very good looking. It sold well but there was always the nagging feeling that it should have done better. Symphony pens now are much sought after by collectors who recognise it for what it is - an iconic design.
The Symphony on offer here is the MkIII 707 Fountain Pen and matching 1707 Propelling pencil, finished in Burgundy. It is genuine "New Old Stock" from the mid 1950's and, as you would expect, they are in excellent condition. There is a little age related pitting to the plate on the cap and clips but nothing more serious than that.
The nib on the fountain pen is straight out of the factory which is good news as it will mould itself to your handwriting style a lot more quickly than a used nib.
I have fitted a new ink sac to the pen and it now writes perfectly with a Fine side of Medium line, the nib also has a slight flex which gives a lovely shape to your handwriting. The propelling pencil is the rotating type, the eraser may be a little hard! The pencil has some replacement 1.2mm leads inside.
Pen sets in this condition do not appear on the market very often and this is a rare opportunity to own one.