Pens and Ephemera
Vintage Pens: 1872 Conklin Crescent 40
Filling Mechanism: Crescent Filler
Mark Twain became the first pen advertising spokesman when he was hired to pitch the Conklin Crescent. He famously proclaimed his love for the pens because they carried their own ink and wouldn't roll off his desk. Our Conklin Crescent 40 is a large, bordering on oversized (but maybe not quite), vintage pen maded of chased black hard rubber. The imprint and chasing are remarkably strong. We fully restored the pen with a new ink sac, and legendary nib expert Greg Minuskin retipped its 14k gold nib with a very smooth fine point. Click the headline to see the nib. We think it is a later model firmer Conklin nib that might have been a replacement in the 1930s. The rest of the pen looks original, including the inkfeed. The actual crescent has a little brassing on top. There is a little pitting in the tail. The hard rubber only seems to have discolored at the top and bottom of the pen. The cap has a great etched gold cap band with a floral pattern and blank initial space. 13.9cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 1819 Conklin Herringbone
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
PARTS! If you are looking for a great replacement Conklin Herringbone fountain pen cap or barrel, this is for you. Each of those parts is in great conditon. There are some marks of wear on the cap ring, but the rest in nearly perfect. HOWEVER, the section is split and totally ruined. A past owner coated it in paper and super glue in an attempt to save it, but that only made it worse. Strictly a parts pen. The stub nib is cool but it is iffy. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1267 Conklin IV
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Round out your vintage Conklin collection with this silver-plated Conklin IV pencil. Although it hasn't any lead, you can see the mechanism move up and down when you twist the nose cone. The pencil has an attractive chevron patter. You can see it and some of the wear better when you click the headline photo. There are no dents in the barrel, but the nose cone has some pitting and dings. The plating has some dark patches that don't seem to want to polish up nicely. The imprint on the tail are strong. The blind cap reveals the eroded remains of the hardened eraser. 13.4cm.