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Vintage Pens: 0812 Esterbrook SM-9668
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0812: Esterbrook: SM-9668
You might be more familiar with Esterbrook's colorful J-model pens from the 1950s, but this pen represents Esterbook's SM line. Get your mind out of the gutter: SM stood for Standard Model. Our vintage pen has a rare brown color. It also comes with an upgraded steel 9668 nib. The 9000 series was much smoother than the lower numbered counterparts. The 9668 was for "General Writing." We replaced the pen's ink sac. The neatest thing for us is that this cap is a spring-loaded cap. It snaps on and off, without needing to twist. 12.7cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0762 Esterbrook LJ-1550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0762: Esterbrook: LJ-1550
The 1950s were the heyday for the Esterbrook pen company. This was the decade in which their colorful pens fit so well. Plus, these were the training tools of millions of school kids and stenographers learning to maximize their writing skills. Our Esterbrook LJ model shows some wear, but the fiery copper colors shine through as a beautiful distraction. The imprint is clean and strong. There are no cracks, chips or dents. The bladder has been replaced. The steel 1550 bookkeeping nib writes a much sought-after extra-fine line. The black plastic jewels are in great condition. 12cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0756 Esterbrook LJ-1555 GREGG
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0756: Esterbrook: LJ-1555 GREGG
Esterbrook pens remain a hot commodity on The Pen Market. This Esterbrook LJ model is an attractive grey vintage pen. It has been fully restored with a new ink sac. The barrel and cap show wear, but there are no cracks or tooth marks. The clip is a shade loose, but it isn't in danger of coming off. The jewels are whole. The steel nib is a 1555 Gregg that writes a fine-medium line with a bit of scratch, as is customary with these nibs until you "break them in" a bit. 12cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0763 Esterbrook Transition 1550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0763: Esterbrook: Transition 1550
Before finalizing the J-series design, the Esterbrook pen company had the new cap figured out but continued making the flat-end barrels for another couple years. Our pen has wear from daily use and from where the cap lip rubs against the barrel above the threads when it is screwed on and off. The ink sac is new and ready to write. The stainless steel 1550 nib writes a nearly extra-fine line very smoothly. The inkfeed is an older, more rounded variety. The imprint is strong. The clip is tight but rests an 1/8th inch off the cap. No cracks. 12.3cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0779 Esterbrook Transition 2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0779: Esterbrook: Transition 2556
Witness the birth of a legend. Esterbrook fountain pens taught America to use an ink pen, but the J-series is probably the company's most commonly known pen with its black-plastic cap and tail jewels. This Esterbrook Transition fountain pen came slightly before the J-series, as Esterbrook developed the soon-to-be famous colors and hadn't yet decided to leave behind the flat-tail design. This individual pen has been restored with a new ink sac. The vintage pen was a daily user, as noticable by its light wear and scratches. However, the green shines through so well you don't notice the wear much unless you closely examine it. There are no cracks or chips. The jewel is 100% intact, but the clip isn't 100% flush with the cap, although it is on tight and works fine. The steel 2556 nib writes a bold line with only a hint of a scratch at certain high ascention angles...which means this is remarkably smooth for a 2556 nib. 12.2cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0776 Esterbrook Transition 9555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0776: Esterbrook: Transition 9555 Gregg
Witness the birth of a legend. Esterbrook fountain pens taught America to use an ink pen, but the J-series is probably the company's most commonly known pen with its black-plastic cap and tail jewels. This Esterbrook Transition fountain pen came slightly before the J-series, as Esterbrook developed the soon-to-be famous colors and hadn't yet decided to leave behind the flat-tail design. This individual pen was likely the product of a happy marriage between the smokey blue barrel and the more saphire blue cap. They are a perfect match, making a snug fit. The pen has been restored with a new ink sac. The vintage pen was a daily user, as noticable by its light wear and scratches. There are no cracks or chips. The jewel is 100% intact, but the clip isn't 100% flush with the cap, although it is on tight and works fine. Collectors will especially like the premium steel "9555 Gregg" nib that writes a relatively smooth medium line. 12.2cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0781 Esterbrook Purse Pen 2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0781: Esterbrook: Purse Pen 2668
Imagine the green equivalent of robin's egg blue, that best describes this beautiful rarer Esterbrook Purse pen. A signature color of the 1950s, this is a great vintage pen. It has been fully restored with a new ink sac. The section (black grip) is tightly in the pen, but there is a crack in the threads, which is why this pen isn't as expensive as others. You can see it better in the close-up nib photo when you click the blue headline font. The threads are also a little discolored. The pen is in otherwise good condition. There are no cracks in the cap. Wear is evident on the barrel and cap, but it isn't very visible unless you examine it closely. The imprint is still strong. The steel 2668 nib writes a smooth medium line. 11.2cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0752 Esterbrook J-9668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0752: Esterbrook: J-9668
Esterbrook pens taught a generation of Americans how to write cursive and shorthand. Our ruby red model is from the J-series, which means it is the larger wide-bodied model. This vintage pen comes with the rarer 9668 steel nib that writes as smooth and fluid a medium line a 14k gold nib. The fountain pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. There are no cracks or chips, but there is some wear from daily use. The worst flaw is that the clip spins freely. However, due to the pen's original construction process, it is extremely unlikely to have the clip come off. This is a handsome pen with a rare nib. 12.8cm capped.



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