This website is obviously a work in progress that is dedicated to chronicling the history of the Eclipse Fountain Pen and Pencil Co.
This is not a commercial site, we do not sell any products.
The site will, as it grows, include the history of both the U.S. and Canadian Eclipse Fountain Pen and Pencil companies. They were sister companies.
It will also be a source of information for fountain pen collectors who wish to know more about the many versions and styles of Eclipse fountain pens. These fountain pens were originally manufactured in the United States from about 1903 until the early 1930’s and manufactured in Canada from about 1925 through until about 1960.
It is hoped that collectors of Eclipse pens will submit pictures of their best or unique Eclipse pens so we may include them in our site for the benefit of other collectors.
There will also be some additional information included about the Canadian company’s activities through the late 60’s until late 2014 when it ceased operations.
This project is being undertaken by William (Bill) John Tully Jr, the grandson of Joseph Patrick Tully, and William John Tully, great grandson of Joseph Patrick Tully (confusing eh!!).
Patrick Joseph Tully was originally an independent sales agent for the original U.S. Eclipse company which started in the early 1900’s. During the late teens and early 1920’s, Joe Tully’s involvement with Eclipse and it’s owner, Marx Finstone, grew into a solid and trusting friendship. In 1925 Marx Finstone offered Joe an opportunity to establish and manage a separate Canadian company which shared the name of the U.S. company. Joe Tully was to be a minor share holder in the Canadian company, but would have complete control of the day to day operations of the Canadian company.
Marx Finstone died suddenly a few years following the partnership being established and the shares of both companies changed substantially as a result. At the time of his death in 1958, Joe Tully owned 50% of the US company and all of the Canadian operation. A very few years later, Myrtle Tully, Joe’s wife, and life long partner, obtained all of the outstanding shares of the U.S. company. She then sold all of the shares and rights of The Eclipse Pen and Pencil Company to a Mr. Frank Rice, a Toronto business man. Rice at the time, manufactured and distributed his own pens under the Ever-Ready Pen brand. Eclipse quickly became his premier line and for a few years it enjoyed a strong revival, although the market had shifted from fountain pens to ball point pens. Upon the sudden death of Frank Rice in the mid 60’s, the company was again sold, for it’s name, and Eclipse became an advertising specialty company that sold inexpensive pens imported from the orient and ‘branded’ Eclipse…..That company ended in 2014.
If you have information that would assist in this project, or have questions which are not answered by the information contained on this site, you are invited to use the ‘Contact US’ link at the top right side of this page.
This is an active project so please check back periodically if you are a fountain pen collector. For those involved in restoring and/or selling vintage fountain pens, we hope to be adding a ‘Links’ section to the site where we would be pleased to provide a link to your business for the benefit of collectors.
We hope you find our efforts of benefit.