Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler

  
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Vintage Pens: 2089 No Name Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $35.00
Vintage Pens: 2089: No Name Fountain Pen
Bright green, white and yellow stripes make this classic no name brand fountain pen look like something Dick Van Dyke might have written with in "Mary Poppins." It's a cheeky pen with a lot of life left in it. We replaced the ink sac. Its Iridium Tipped nib writes a very firm fine line. We suspect that this nib is a replacement from long ago. The cap and barrel have light wear but no cracks or serious blemishes. The clip seems to be on strong and tight. You can see the lever ring through the plastic, but every thing seems to be working well. It is a nice fat pen, which makes it easier to grip for longer periods without cramping your hand. 11.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2086 Parker Parkette Deluxe
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2086: Parker: Parkette Deluxe
Parker's Parkette Deluxe dazzles in what Sheaffer would have called "Marine Green." Marbled layers of green still look sharp in spite of its light wear. Parker rarely used levers to fill its pens, but that is how most of its second tier pens of the Parkette line filled. We restored this one with a new ink sac and a custom made J-bar spring. The gold plating has mostly come off of the steel nib that writes a nice fine line with a hint of feedback. The brown celluloid of the section is almost to darkened to see ink levels in. There are no cracks, but the lip of the cap is a little warped out of place. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2085 Parker Parkette Deluxe
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2085: Parker: Parkette Deluxe
During the desperate days of the Great Depression Parker needed a second tier pen to compete with all of the cheap-o pen makers popping up and outselling them in 5 and dimes. That is when they came up with the Parkette Deluxe. A stunning design, this red-marbled pen has a 12-sided cap and barrel. The imprint is still readable. We restored this pen with a new ink sac and custom-built J-spring. It might not be as efficient as the original J-spring, but it works. The original J-spring split in half inside the pen long ago. The steel nib writes a surprisingly nice, smooth fine line. No cracks, light wear. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2082 Waterman Sky Writer
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2082: Waterman: Sky Writer
War rationing limited pen companies on their trim options in the 1940s, and many started using silvery metals nickel for their clips and cap bands. This Waterman Sky Writer from Canada features such trim. Unfortunately, it has some significant brassing, but the pen is in good shape and restored with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel have no cracks but show moderate to heavy wear. The real star of the pen is its semi-flex 14k gold nib. Click the headline for a close up. It can write a fine line sideways and it can be encouraged to flex to about a double broad. 10.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2076 Esterbrook J-2968
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 2076: Esterbrook: J-2968
Save big on a rare Canadian Esterbrook J-model fountain pen if you don't mind some heavy damage to the black tail jewel. We've restored this smokey blue pen with a new ink sac. It has no cracks but some wear on the cap and barrel. The clip isn't flush with the side of the cap, as you can see in the photo. Click the headline font for close ups. The steel 2968 nib was originally advertised as a broad nib. This one writes more of a medium, but you have to find the sweet spot, which cants a bit to the left, making us wonder if this was the pen of a lefty. These nibs are interchangeable and screw in and out, if you have an Esterbrook nib you want to use. The imprint is faded, but you can still make out the "Made in Canada." 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2060 Esterbrook SM (?)
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2060: Esterbrook: SM (?)
Although we call this an Esterbrook SM, we are not convinced that is what it is. It really looks like a cross between an SM and M2. Either way, we are reasonably sure it was from the late 1940s or 1950s. The cornflower blue section and barrel have seen heavy use, with plenty of scratches. The cap is in surprisingly good condition with only a few tiny marks on the back top of the pen, opposite the clip. We restored it with a new ink sac. Its steel 9668 nib was considered a top-of-the-line nib upgrade that was advertised as being a medium for "general writing." True to its advertising, it is a very nice medium writer with a hint of feedback but no scratch. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2059 Esterbrook SJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2059: Esterbrook: SJ-1551
Candy-apple red is layered like a freshly licked lollipop on this Esterbrook SJ fountain pen. It has light wear, but there are no cracks or deep scratches. We restored it with a fresh ink sac. The steel nib is a 1551 model, which was advertised as a student nib. This isn't unusual, as most high schools and secretarial schools required these vintage pens. The nib writes a very smooth fine line. The SJ designation means it is the longer, slender version of the pen. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2057 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2057: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
Esterbrook fountain pens taught an entire generation how to write with an ink pen. Babyboomers were likely required by their schools to write with an Esterbrook fountain pen. Inexpensive and easily customized, pens such as this Esterbrook LJ come with an easily changed steel nib to fit any writing style or need. The nibs simply unscrewed from the pen and were replaced for less than a dollar. We restored this pale-green pen with a new ink sac. The pen was a daily user and features some wear, including a few small stains, which you can see at the tail of the pen in the photo. Click the headline for a closer look. The cap is a few shades of green different from the barrel. Possibly married. The steel 2668 nib was advertised as a "general writing" point, which writes a smooth medium when held at the sweet spot angle. No cracks. The clip isn't quite making contact with the barrel, where it slips into your pocket. 11.9cm capped.
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