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Vintage Pens: 0998 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 0998: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
It is the vintage writing instrument that taught a generation of Americans how to use a ink pen. Esterbrook is an iconic vintage pen from the 1950s. This one is an LJ model that has been fully restored with a new ink sac. We found it in this condition with the cap a darker grey than the barrel. We suspect it is a married pair. The cap is in very good condition with only light surface wear and no cracks. The clip is on tightly, but it isn't lush with the side of the cap, leaving a little gap. The barrel also only has light surface wear. The imprint is partially worn off on the front half. The stainless steel nib is a 2668 model was originally advertised as a medium nib for general writing. The only real flaws with the pen are some deep but worn scars on the section grip. 12cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0765 Esterbrook LJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 0765: Esterbrook: LJ-1551
Lustrous black shines with dignity on our classic Esterbrook LJ fountain pen with a stainless steel 1551 nib. It is fully restored with a new ink sac. There are only one or two little scratches among the very light traces of wear. It has a strong imprint, and there are no cracks. The clip is on tight. The vintage nib was advertised as student nib, which is appropriate as Esterbrook fountain pens taught the babyboomers how to write with an ink pen. This particular nib writes a surprisingly smooth, wet medium-fine line for a steel nib. The LJ model was slightly shorter and thinner than the J-series. 12cm capped.


Vintage Pens: 0754 Esterbrook Icicles SJ-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
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Vintage Pens: 0754: Esterbrook: Icicles SJ-9556
Feast your eyes on the ultra rare red "icicles" Esterbrook fountain pen. This is an Esterbrook SJ model with the premium 9556 steel nib. In mint condition, there are no cracks or significant blemishes on the barrel or cap. The ink sac has been replaced, and this pen is fully restored. Write smooth fine lines with the steel nib, which features the pen's only blemish over the six. Esterbrook's ultimate vintage pen. Both jewels are perfectly intact. The imprint is a little weak but visible. Made in U.S.A. 12.8cm 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: 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: 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: 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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