Eclipse in Canada and the United States both manufactured a huge variety and quality of pens and pen and pencil sets that appealed to a broad spectrum of buyers.
The following links will introduce you to many of the products manufactured. At this point we are only able to present a sample of the various styles and trade names used by the two companies. In the future we hope to provide a lot more detail which will include year(s) of manufacture for the various types as well as a bit of history related to some of the names. Both the Canadian and American companies used names for their products that had some significance for the company owners.
The Hooded Knight:
The Hooded Knight was in reality the last big push by the Canadian Company to develop a unique, quality product. The Hooded Knight line was in effect an evolution of the previous products. It was very similar to the Streamline gut rather than the lever style refill mechanism located on the side of the pen’s barrel, it had a removable end cap that exposed a button that in effect was a different way of operating the same internal mechanism that compressed the internal sack that filled the ink reservoir.
When one compares both the Streamline and the Hooded Knight the similarities are self evident.
The Mary Jane:
This pen was one of two styles that were apparently made by Eclipse in Canada. The other was The Margie. Both were designed for small hands such as women and children and both were named after two of Joe Tully’s three daughters.
While we as a family, are aware of the Margie, the only pen anyone has seen is the Mary Jane. It may be that the Margie never got beyond the idea or proto-type stage.
The Mary Jane was available in a variety of forms. It was sold simply as a stand alone product along side the other Eclipse pens, but there is also evidence that it was marketed as a souvenir pen as well as an advertising pen. Two examples have surfaced in western Canada in recent years. One was a pen that was branded as a souvenir for Banff Alberta and the other was a pen that was obviously used as a pen by a hotel in western Canada. It may simply be that both pens were a result of a salesman’s efforts during one of his sales trips through western Canada as there have been no other examples of the Mary Jane fountain pen turning up in any other part of the world. All of the other existing examples of this pen have come from private individuals without any advertising messages printed on their barrels.
The Monroe: We originally thought that the Monroe pens and pencils were a product that was manufactured and distributed solely in the United States. However, a recent example has surfaced that appears to have been made in Canada. During the 1930’s it is known that there was a lot of ‘swapping’ between the Canadian and U.S. companies. Most often, collectors find U.S. pens that have Eclipse nibs that state that they (the nibs) were made in Canada by Eclipse. That was likely because Joe Tully, who had previous experience in manufacturing shaving razor blades to compete with Gillette, would have easily developed superior nibs for his fountain pens and then increased his volume by making them available to the U.S. company. See the section about ‘Eclipse Fountain pen Nibs’ further in this section.