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Vintage Pens: 0759 Esterbrook Transition 9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 0759: Esterbrook: Transition 9556
Between the famous J-series and the Dollar Pens, Esterbrook made a beauty that is affectionately known as the Transition Model. It has a J-series style cap and clip but a Dollar Pen flat-bottom barrel. Ours is in an exquisite ruby red. It has some wear from daily use, but it is free of cracks and significant unsightly blemishes. It has a fresh new ink sac and is ready to write or store. The steel nib is the high-end steel 9556. It writes a smooth, though somewhat stiff, medium line. 12.3cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1080 Esterbrook LJ-1555 GREGG
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1080: Esterbrook: LJ-1555 GREGG
Esterbrook fountain pens were the favorite of secretaries and stenographers all across America in the 1950s. Our Esterbrook LJ sports a steel 1555 GREGG nib that writes a smooth fine-medium line. It was made in conjunction with the GREGG writing system. We have restored this pen with a new ink sac. There are no cracks and few marks from wear on the fountain pen. You can see the initials P.J.S. on the barrel. The imprint is visible but shallow. The pencil is a couple shades lighter and in good working order. It is a clicker! Pen measures 11.8cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1083 Esterbrook Dollar Pen Model B
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 1083: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen Model B
We frequently discuss how the Esterbrook J-model pens taught Baby Boomers how to write with an ink pen, but some pen had to help teach their parents. That pen would be the Esterbrook Dollar Pen. Any good pen that only cost a dollar during the Great Depression was useful to students, clerks and secretaries all over the United States. Esterbrook developed its interchangeable nib system on these classic lever fillers. Ours is the largest model, Model B, available in the Dollar Pen line. We have restored it and given it a fresh ink sac. It has some wear and a couple little scratches, but it is in very good condition. Strong imprint, no cracks, tight clip. Its steel 1554 nib was advertised as fine and firm. It is exactly that, so expect the slightly rough steel nib performance that typically delivers. Of course, you can always screw in a smoother wider nib. 12.1cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 0787 Esterbrook J-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0787: Esterbrook: J-2556
Stenographers and students loved the fresh colors and affordable dependability of Esterbrook fountain pen in the 1950s. This is their wider bodied J model, which is a little easier to grip if skinny pens hurt your hand when you write. The still-vibrant minty green finish on the pen masks some heavier pitting and scratches on the cap and barrel. The pen has been fully restored with a new bladder. There are no cracks, and the imprint is strong except for the middle of "Esterbrook." The steel 2556 nib was advertised as being a "firm fine." Our vintage nib writes nice medium line, even though there is a bit of a hitch or scratch as the pen writes...fairly common for a steel nib of the era. The pen also includes an Esterbrook CLICK pencil. We know little about pencils, but clicks were fairly rare in the '50s. This one has movement in the click, but it doesn't seem to advance any lead. Pen measures 12.8cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 0797 Esterbrook Purse Pen 1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 0797: Esterbrook: Purse Pen 1555 Gregg
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: 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.

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