I have collected several Ford’s branded fountain pens, pencils, and combos. These are distinctly different than the Ford’s patent pen made in the UK, but I have been unable to determine what company manufactured them or for whom they were made. If anyone visiting this page has any information, I’d like to hear from you.
There are three varieties: Ford’s, Ford’s Deluxe, and Ford’s Jr. Within the Ford’s and Ford’s Jr. varieties, there are several sub-types. All of the Ford’s and some of the Ford’s Jr. pens appear to use the same section, feed, and Warranted 14K number 4 nib. A couple of the Ford’s Jr. use a less expensive Durium nib.
Below are some pictures with notes on the various sub-types.
Ford’s pens and pencil
Ford’s Jr. pens and pencil and Ford’s combos
Three different type fonts are used on the clips.
The Ford’s pens and combos use fonts as follows:
Type I pens – a script font similar to the Ford Motor Company script
Type II and III pens and combos – a Pica style serif font
The Ford’s Jr. pens and pencil use fonts as follows:
Type I – Pica style serif font like Type II and III Ford’s pens
Type IIa – Pica style font
Type IIb – all capital san serif font running top to bottom on the clip
Pencil – all capital san serif font running top to bottom and with JUNIOR spelled out
Type II (left) and Type I (right) fonts Ford’s Jr. fonts Type I, Type IIa, Type IIb
Ford’s Jr. san serif fonts Pen Type IIb, Pencil
Ford’s Deluxe – Is this a lower-priced Artcraft?
My most recent Ford’s pen is my first Ford’s Deluxe. To my surprise, it is a larger pen than the Ford’s and Ford’s Jr. pens, and it matches my later Artcraft pens in dimensions, but not in the quality of the hardware. Here’s a comparison picture of the Deluxe, in the center, with two Artcrafts flanking it.
Ford’s Deluxe with clip detail