Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler

  
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Vintage Pens: 2056 Esterbrook LJ-1555
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 2056: Esterbrook: LJ-1555
Remember stenographers? If not, they were human recording devices...in flesh and blood...before tape and digital recorders were invented. They learned a special writing style called shorthand, and they could write everything a person talking to them said just as fast as the words came out of their mouth. One of the shorthand methods that was popular was called the Gregg method. This Esterbrook LJ fountain pen from the 1950s comes with a special steel 1555 Gregg nib, which likely guarantees this pen once belonged to a stenographer, secretary or reporter. LJ models were intended for women. It is fun to imagine who might have used this steel grey pen. We restored it with a new ink sac, and there are no cracks--just light wear and a brown spot on the section. The nib writes a firm but smooth extra-fine line. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1868 Sheaffer 500
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 1868: Sheaffer: 500
Every writer needs a good, reliable pen to use in the trenches of life, no matter where it takes you. We have one such friend in this vintage pen known as a Sheaffer 500. Fully restored with a fresh ink sac, you can write all day with it. Heavy brassing on the cap band, light brassing on the pocket clip and some wear on the cap and barrel only signify that this was a trusty pen back in the day that is ready for more action now. You can still see through the inkview window, although it is a dark amber. The two-tone 14k gold nib writes a fine line pretty well. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1935 Esterbrook 116 Desk Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 1935: Esterbrook: 116 Desk Set
Make your desk or the registration counter at your bed & breakfast, doctor's office, boutique and many other businesses look great with this vintage Esterbrook 116 desk pen set. It features a shiny blue (box says gray but looks blue to us) bulb-shaped ceramic base with a black felt bottom and a fully restored lever-filling desk pen. The base is in mint condition without any scratches or chips. The fountain pen is a rare robin's egg blue model. Click the headline to see a close up. These are rare because of all the cracking in the original plastics. This one is also cracked, but it seemed very stable as we restored the pen with a new ink sac. Its steel 2668 nib is an upgrade nib that was advertised back in the day as "general writing" nib. We've dipped it and it writes a very smooth medium line for us. Complete with original box, although the box is missing its top.
Vintage Pens: 1890 Waterman Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 1890: Waterman: Desk Pen
Everyone's got an empty base with no pen, but we've got the rare Waterman Desk Pen with no base! Restored with a new ink sac, this Waterman desk pen features a black hard rubber taper and exceptionally large section. The barrel is a black and pearl with some discoloration. Polish took out the worst of the chocolate hazing. There are remarkably few scratches or marks of wear. No cracks! The imprint is strong, and it lists the pen as made in Canada. The 14k gold nib is marked "Med. Rigid." It is definitely rigid, and more of a fine to fine-medium. Click the headline to see more. 20cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1866 Sheaffer 3-25 Orange
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $99.99
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Vintage Pens: 1866: Sheaffer: 3-25 Orange
We get Parker "Big Reds" by the gross, but this is our first orange Sheaffer from the 1920s! A Sheaffer 3-25, the model number designates that it was a $3 pen with a 25-year warrantee. It is a really handsome slender, junior-size vintage pen. We have fully restored it with a new ink sac. The imprint is legible but faded in parts. The black threads were a factory repair in the 1920s or '30s. The orange-colored material proved to be a little fragile, and they'd replace broken orange thread pieces with spliced in black ones. There are two teeny hairline cracks that are very short sprouting from the place where the orange and black meet. There are a couple of hairline cracks in the lip of the cap, too, but all the cracks seem stable, as long as you don't post the cap. There is heavy brassing in the back of the cap band and a little on the ball of the pocket clip. The original inkfeed and 14k gold nib write a firm fine line. 10.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1837 Esterbrook 116
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 1837: Esterbrook: 116
Brighten any office or business reception desk with this teal Esterbrook 116 desk pen set. It comes complete with a new-old-stock Esterbrook fountain pen. We replaced the ink sac and gave it a killer smooth, stub upgraded steel 9284 nib. It writes with great character drifting from about 1mm to a fine line. The rarer teal ceramic base has no chips, but it does have a slight trace of wear. The black felt bottom is complete, with some of the original white writing on it.
Vintage Pens: 1833 Esterbrook 117 Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 1833: Esterbrook: 117 Desk Pen
Stylize your desk with a great robin's egg blue Esterbrook desk pen base and new-old-stock black Esterbrook desk pen with a clear tail! Better yet, this pen comes with a rarer 2314-F Relief fine nib. We have fully restored the pen with a fresh ink sac. We put new black felt on the bottom of the base. Great for your desk at work, home or in an entry for a bed & breakfast, doctor's office, wedding hall and many other businesses. Practical '50s fashion for your everyday life!
Vintage Pens: 1025 Morrison’s Black Beauty
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $134.99  Was: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 1025: Morrison’s: Black Beauty
Morrison's fountain pens were a 2nd tier contender out of New York. Its vintage pen model "Black Beauty," photographed here, is clearly a nod to the famous novel, as there is a horse's head and neck engraved on the barrel in the logo. This pen would become known as the Patriot during World War II, but these 1930s models were made of black hard rubber, given golden trim accents and a steel nib. This model, has its original gold-plated steel nib! 90% or more of the plating is gone, but you can still see it in the stamped engraving. It writes a nice fine line without any pressure, but with pressure it gets a tad scratchy. We replaced the ink sac and the J-bar with a new, hand-fashioned brass one made in our shop. As the new J-bar doesn't put as much pressure against the lever filler, the lever is a little loose. No cracks, some chocolate hazing. The top of the cap has a great art nouveau topper in a deep, dark, yellowy-orange. 13.2cm capped.
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