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Vintage Pens: 0795 Esterbrook Purse Pen 2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0795: Esterbrook: Purse Pen 2668
Nifty doesn't even come close to describing our pink Esterbrook purse pen from the '50s. To get the color to come out right, we had to tweak the image a bit. Depending on your monitor this light-pink pen might be a little lighter or darker in real life. Nevertheless, it is exquisite. Fully restored with a fresh ink sac, this vintage pen is in great shape for collecting or using. The black jewels are perfect. The cap has no cracks. There are no deep scratches any place on the pen--only light surface wear. The imprint is strong but a little faded in the middle. The only true blemish are a few tiny little cracks sprouting around the threads where the section meets the barrel. These should be reasonably stable. The steel 2668 nib writes a medium line for general writing, according to original Esterbrook advertising. As with most steel nibs, there is a light hint of a scratch. 11.1cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0760 Esterbrook V-Clip
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 0760: Esterbrook: V-Clip
There are two great reasons to buy this pen. 1.) It has a rarer older V-clip cap. 2.) It has a silky smooth stainless steel 9556 nib. Ultimately, we think the pen is a marriage between the ruby red V-clip cap and a slighly bluer ruby red J-model barrel. The vintage pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. The fit between the cap and barrel is perfect. The clip is on tightly. No cracks or serious blemishes ruin this beautiful pen. Its smooth medium 9000-series nib and cap alone are worth the price. 12.2cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0755 Esterbrook SM-1555
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0755: Esterbrook: SM-1555
Esterbrook named its standard model pens the SM line. Simpler with a single color and a steel cap, these were as effective and reliable as the more colorful J-series and purse pens. Same inner parts and those wonderfully interchangeable nibs. Ours has a new ink sac and moderate wear from daily use. There are no cracks or chips. The imprint is strong, but weaker on the
right side. The steel 1555 Gregg nib writes a fine line with a bit of scratchy feedback, which is pretty standard in a 1555 nib and beloved by many. The steel cap screws on. The section was glued into place after the bladder was replaced, as there were problems with it staying in otherwise. 12.8cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0812 Esterbrook SM-9668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
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
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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.



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