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Vintage Pens: 2059 Esterbrook SJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2059: Esterbrook: SJ-1551
Candy-apple red is layered like a freshly licked lollipop on this Esterbrook SJ fountain pen. It has light wear, but there are no cracks or deep scratches. We restored it with a fresh ink sac. The steel nib is a 1551 model, which was advertised as a student nib. This isn't unusual, as most high schools and secretarial schools required these vintage pens. The nib writes a very smooth fine line. The SJ designation means it is the longer, slender version of the pen. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2057 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2057: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
Esterbrook fountain pens taught an entire generation how to write with an ink pen. Babyboomers were likely required by their schools to write with an Esterbrook fountain pen. Inexpensive and easily customized, pens such as this Esterbrook LJ come with an easily changed steel nib to fit any writing style or need. The nibs simply unscrewed from the pen and were replaced for less than a dollar. We restored this pale-green pen with a new ink sac. The pen was a daily user and features some wear, including a few small stains, which you can see at the tail of the pen in the photo. Click the headline for a closer look. The cap is a few shades of green different from the barrel. Possibly married. The steel 2668 nib was advertised as a "general writing" point, which writes a smooth medium when held at the sweet spot angle. No cracks. The clip isn't quite making contact with the barrel, where it slips into your pocket. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2056 Esterbrook LJ-1555
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 2056: Esterbrook: LJ-1555
Remember stenographers? If not, they were human recording devices...in flesh and blood...before tape and digital recorders were invented. They learned a special writing style called shorthand, and they could write everything a person talking to them said just as fast as the words came out of their mouth. One of the shorthand methods that was popular was called the Gregg method. This Esterbrook LJ fountain pen from the 1950s comes with a special steel 1555 Gregg nib, which likely guarantees this pen once belonged to a stenographer, secretary or reporter. LJ models were intended for women. It is fun to imagine who might have used this steel grey pen. We restored it with a new ink sac, and there are no cracks--just light wear and a brown spot on the section. The nib writes a firm but smooth extra-fine line. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2054 Esterbrook Cartridge Pen
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 2054: Esterbrook: Cartridge Pen
By the early 1960s, disposable plastic ink cartridges were all the rage. Esterbrook began creating their own, and this is one of their cartridge-only fountain pens. Sleek and stylish this deep red vintage pen has some light wear but is in good condition. An empty vintage cartridge is in the pen so you can refill it with a syringe to use this pen on a daily basis. Its nib is a steel 2556 that writes a firm extra-fine line with a little feedback. The section has two small cracks where the nib screws into the section. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1935 Esterbrook 116 Desk Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 1935: Esterbrook: 116 Desk Set
Make your desk or the registration counter at your bed & breakfast, doctor's office, boutique and many other businesses look great with this vintage Esterbrook 116 desk pen set. It features a shiny blue (box says gray but looks blue to us) bulb-shaped ceramic base with a black felt bottom and a fully restored lever-filling desk pen. The base is in mint condition without any scratches or chips. The fountain pen is a rare robin's egg blue model. Click the headline to see a close up. These are rare because of all the cracking in the original plastics. This one is also cracked, but it seemed very stable as we restored the pen with a new ink sac. Its steel 2668 nib is an upgrade nib that was advertised back in the day as "general writing" nib. We've dipped it and it writes a very smooth medium line for us. Complete with original box, although the box is missing its top.
Vintage Pens: 1837 Esterbrook 116
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 1837: Esterbrook: 116
Brighten any office or business reception desk with this teal Esterbrook 116 desk pen set. It comes complete with a new-old-stock Esterbrook fountain pen. We replaced the ink sac and gave it a killer smooth, stub upgraded steel 9284 nib. It writes with great character drifting from about 1mm to a fine line. The rarer teal ceramic base has no chips, but it does have a slight trace of wear. The black felt bottom is complete, with some of the original white writing on it.
Vintage Pens: 1833 Esterbrook 117 Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 1833: Esterbrook: 117 Desk Pen
Stylize your desk with a great robin's egg blue Esterbrook desk pen base and new-old-stock black Esterbrook desk pen with a clear tail! Better yet, this pen comes with a rarer 2314-F Relief fine nib. We have fully restored the pen with a fresh ink sac. We put new black felt on the bottom of the base. Great for your desk at work, home or in an entry for a bed & breakfast, doctor's office, wedding hall and many other businesses. Practical '50s fashion for your everyday life!
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