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Vintage Pens: 0797 Esterbrook Purse Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0797: Esterbrook: Purse Pen
For all of our Esterbrook fans, here's a classic Esterbrook purse pen in white. It is more of an egg shell, as it isn't the pristine white it was 60 years ago. Nevertheless, it is a nice vintage pen. There are plenty of scratches and nicks. The cap lip is fraught with cracks, but they are pretty common in this purse pens. We have restored it with a new ink sac. The nib is a rarer 1555 GREGG nib. It writes a medium line, and there is a bit of scratch on the inverse downstroke. These old steel nibs usually have a bit of scratch, which endears them to some users and drives others bonkers. The white end cap jewels are likewise rare and in very good condition. 11cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 1294 Esterbrook Transition 9555
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 1294: Esterbrook: Transition 9555
Always popular with students and secretaries, Esterbrook fountain pens were affordable and attractive pens. For about two years in the 1940s, Esterbrook transitioned from their famous Dollar Pens to the J-model pens. They kept the dynamic colors and flat-tail design of the Dollar Pens but added a new cap-and-clip design. Our vintage Esterbrook has been fully restored and sports the rarer 3-striped black cap jewel. This vintage pen is what would become the wider-bodied J-model size. There are no cracks but some signs of wear, most notably where the cap rubbed against the barrel by the threads. Still, the copper finish lusters past most of the wear unless you are looking very closely for it. It comes with a surprisingly smooth-for-an-extra-fine-steel nib. It is marked 9555 Gregg, for shorthand. 12.5cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 1295 Esterbrook J-9450
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 1295: Esterbrook: J-9450
The humble Esterbrook J-model fountain pen is the unassuming fountain pen of the 1950s. Delivering handsome design, durability and an easily customized writing experience, Esterbrook was the favorite among students and secretaries. Ours is an attractive sapphire blue wide-bodied vintage pen that has been fully restored with a new ink sac. There are no cracks, but you can see some big scratches between the lever and threads, which are visible in the photo. The interchangeable steel nib is an extra fine 9450. It is a little scratchy like most extra fine steel nibs are. The imprint is strong, and the two jewels are whole. 12.7cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 1293 Esterbrook Dollar Pen LJ
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 1293: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen LJ
As America recovered from the Great Depression, not everyone was able to fork over the big bucks for a Sheaffer or Parker pen. For the budget conscious writer who wanted something attractive, dependable and affordable, there was the Esterbrook Dollar Pen! These handsome forebears of the famous J-models that taught the Baby Boomers how to write gave consumers the first look at interchangeable nibs of varying widths and dynamic colors. This lime-green Esterbrook Dollar Pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. The finish hides its wear well, with that dynamic coloring. No cracks or particularly nasty blemishes. The clip is on tightly, but it also lifts just a little off the side of the cap...leaving a slight gap that won't grip your pocket tightly. The seemingly original steel 2556 nib writes a fine line with a hint of scratch, as most steel nibs do. This is an LJ or junior size pen. 11cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 1229 Esterbrook LJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1229: Esterbrook: LJ-1551
Esterbrook pens taught the Baby Boomers how to write with a real fountain pen. These vintage pens were often required in schools from elementary to shorthand. This Esterbrook LJ is a stunning grey design. It has been fully restored with a new ink sac. The nib screws out for easy accessorizing, but this particular nib is a steel 1551 designed for "students." It writes a very smooth fine-medium line. Click the headline font to see it better. The pen has light wear and no cracks. The imprint is strong and the jewels are perfect. 12.1cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 1202 Esterbrook J-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 1202: Esterbrook: J-9556
Esterbrook fountain pens didn't just teach a generation of Americans how to write with an "ink pen." They kept the Bell telephone company operating! As you can see, this vintage pen is imprinted "Bell System Property." The Esterbrook imprint is clean and legible. We have fully restored this old fountain pen with a new ink sac. It is in great working order with an Esterbrook 9556 steel nib. These were advertised as fine-point nibs. The nib writes a super-smooth wet fine line. As a J model, it is the widest bodied of the Esterbook line. There are no cracks, but it does have a few scratches and a little bump around the inner ring that holds the lever. The lever sometimes dangles when upside down, but all is well. The jewels are perfect. 12.6cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0784 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0784: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
It was the pen that taught an entire generation of Americans how to write with ink. The Esterbrook LJ model was a very popular, brightly colored fountain pen that was easy to use and upgrade with various nibs. This vintage pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. It comes with a steel 2668 nib. This was considered an upgrade nib. It still writes a reasonably smooth fine line with only a hint of scratch, which was common for these classic pens. No cracks but some wear. Fortunately, the minty green finish shines through it, as it is barely noticeable at arms length. The imprint is a little weak, but still very readable. 12.1cm capped.


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