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Vintage Pens: 2341 J. Harris & Co. Black Chased Hard Rubber Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 2341: J. Harris & Co.: Black Chased Hard Rubber Fountain Pen
Hard rubber AND flex nib fans will love this rare treat. It is a J. Harris & Co. fountain pen from New York. We're guessing it is from the early 1920s, after the company switched from slip to screw caps. The chasing is clear but worn in places. The company logo is worn but visible on the cap. The clip has a company logo off-center and difficult to read. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. The Warranted 14k gold nib is very flexible and goes from extra fine on a slant to 2mm on a down stroke. The nib has a little feedback and will take a little getting used to. We smoothed it a bit, but you'll still get a little scratch. No cracks, a few scratches...The biggest flaw is a large bulge in the tail, which was caused by 90 odd years of pressure from a mis-set (but working) J-bar. We left it mis-set, as the pen and J-bar are so old and frail, it risked ruining the pen. J. Harris was the parent company of the Ambassador, Congress, University and Majestic pen brands. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2338 Esterbrook J-9450
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 2338: Esterbrook: J-9450
Esterbrook pens taught America how to write with a fountain pen. Among the most requested for use by high schools, secretarial schools and shorthand instructors, these vintage pens were easily customized with screw-in nibs made for every job imaginable. Our Esterbrook J model pen is the largest of the line, as it is the company's widest barrel pen for an easier grip. We restored it with a new ink sac and a straight-from-the-box, brand-new upgrade 9450 nib. Click the headline, and you can see it has a weak factory imprint. It writes a nice firm, extra-fine line. There is only light wear on the cap and barrel. No cracks. Clip is on tight. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2330 Morrison’s Black Hard Rubber
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 2330: Morrison’s: Black Hard Rubber
New York City was a hotbed of fountain pen activity in the 1920s, and Morrison's was a big player. What strikes us as particularly impressive about this Morrison's Black Hard Rubber fountain pen is how incredibly preserved the cap and body are. The pinstripes and company imprint are very strong, and there is minimal chocolate hazing or other deterioration in the black rubber. The lever and pocket clip show more tarnish. The really thin 14k gold nib definitely has flex, but it doesn't perform the way most flex nibs do. It mostly writes a medium line, but you can take it to a double broad. It can be a bit scratchy, but it isn't so bad that you'd never won't want to write with it...if you choose to write with it. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. Long and slender. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2329 Wahl-Eversharp Skyline
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2329: Wahl-Eversharp: Skyline
Classic art deco styling makes the Wahl-Eversharp Skyline fountain pen a popular model so many years later. One of the earliest pens designed to cater to frequent fliers, it featured a breather tube that was supposed to equalize the air pressure inside the pen to the pressure outside the pen in an effort to keep the pen from making a mess in transit. Not really sure how well it worked in practice, but we've restored this one with a new ink sac and breather tube. A demi-sized pen, it is burgundy with a gold-filled cap shell. The shell is lightly dented in multiple locations and a little loose from its moorings...although we've tried to tighten it up a little. The barrel is engraved and worn. The 14k gold nib is a needle-point extra fine. Rare but scratchy no matter what anyone does to it. 12.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2271 Waterman Emblem
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
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Vintage Pens: 2271: Waterman: Emblem
Behold the Waterman's update of the slip cap. After the hard-rubber era ended, Waterman caps were screw caps. In the 1940s, Waterman began offering it as an option. Waterman Emblem pens came with either a screw cap or a slip cap. We restored this Waterman Emblem with a new ink sac. It is an elegant standard size black pen with gold-plated trim. There are no cracks where the pocket clip bolts to the top of the cap, but there is a hairline starting in the lip of the cap. There are a couple of deep scratches in addition to the light wear of the cap and barrel. However, the black looks sharp and shines through most of the wear. BEST is the SEMI-FLEX 14k gold nib. It isn't a wet noodle, but it can go from extra fine to about a 1.1mm width. Click the headline for a close-up. 13.8cm
Vintage Pens: 2266 Esterbrook J-9968
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2266: Esterbrook: J-9968
Smoke seemingly ripples through our Esterbrook J-model vintage pen. This grey beauty was one of the pens that helped teach a generation of Americans how to write with an "ink pen." We restored it with a new ink sac. It has a great steel 9968 upgrade nib that writes a smooth broad line, as it was originally advertised. Both jewels intact, imprint clear but weak. Clip on tightly. No cracks. Wider bodied for easier writing all day. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2265 Esterbrook SJ-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2265: Esterbrook: SJ-9556
You can't see it on the photo, but the back of the cap has a factory LJ sticker on this Esterbrook SJ-9556. The sapphire blue gleams on this new old stock vintage pen. We've restored it with a new ink sac. The pen has a top-upgrade steel 9556 nib. It was advertised as a "fine writing" nib, and it is a nice, smooth fine nib. Minimal wear, clean imprint. Same length as a J-model but slender like the LJ. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2264 Esterbrook LJ-9450
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 2264: Esterbrook: LJ-9450
The #1 choice of high schools and stenographers' schools in the 1950s was the Esterbrook fountain pen. Easy to customize and use, while still being affordable, it effectively taught the Baby Boomer generation how to write with a fountain pen. This red Esterbrook LJ looks like a freshly licked strawberry lollipop, with seemingly undulating layers below the surface. Its color still radiates despite light surface wear. No cracks. Clean imprint. The only noticeable mark is a spot of discoloration on the underside of the section. Made in Canada! We replaced the ink sac while restoring it. The 9450 steel nib is considered a top upgrade nib that smoothly writes an extra-fine "posting" line. 12cm capped.
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