Vintage Pens: 1109 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Parker sent off their first generation of Duofolds with a few stunning color patterns before retiring the line. This senior size streamlined Parker Duofold sports an incredible green art deco design. The top of the cap and the blind cap are ebonite with some chocolate hazing. That's the worst of the wear on the pen. No cracks, just a couple little dings and light traces of wear. The pen has a fresh ink sac. The tines of the 14k nib have a little separation, and the pen writes a wet broad line with a little hint of a scratch. Better nib experts than us can probably get that gap fixed and shrink the width of the line. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1692 Parker 75 RMS Queen Elizabeth
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
She was the grandest lady to sail the seven seas with unparalleled refinement: the RMS Queen Elizabeth. The finest ship of the Cunard line, she was designed to stylishly cross the Atlantic in one week with a speed and grace yet to be experienced. She was drafted for the war effort in 1940, before her first cruise! She safely carried nearly 900,000 soldiers around the world before she ever got to carry a passenger for pleasure. Refurbished after the war for her intended purpose, she spent more than 2 decades fulfilling peoples dreams at sea. In the 1970s, she was bought to be converted into a floating international university. While being refit, a fire broke out and she was sunk in Honk Kong harbor. This very limited Parker 75 is just about all that is left, as it was made from the brass salvaged from the wreckage! Sparingly used, it is in mint condition and comes complete with its treasure chest box, papers, nib key, chest key, 2 converters and cloth cozy.
Vintage Pens: 1484 Parker Duofold (English)
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Milk chocolate looks quite tasty on this English-made Parker Duofold! Definitely a rarer color, we are pleased to offer it in a full-restored button-filling fountain pen. The golden trim is nearly perfect, but the plastic of the cap and barrel have some wear. There is an inch-long scratch near the tail, just over and to the right of the strong Duofold imprint. (Click the headline, and maybe you can see it in the enlarged photos.) No cracks. The original 14k gold nib looks like it might be an oblique angle. It writes a bold, wet line, with only a hint of feedback at the peaks and valleys of the ascenders and descenders. The cap and tail jewels are the same milk chocolate color! This vintage pen looks very similar to a Parker Duofold major with a slightly wider body. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1025 Morrison’s Black Beauty
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Morrison's fountain pens were a 2nd tier contender out of New York. Its vintage pen model "Black Beauty," photographed here, is clearly a nod to the famous novel, as there is a horse's head and neck engraved on the barrel in the logo. This pen would become known as the Patriot during World War II, but these 1930s models were made of black hard rubber, given golden trim accents and a steel nib. This model, has its original gold-plated steel nib! 90% or more of the plating is gone, but you can still see it in the stamped engraving. It writes a nice fine line without any pressure, but with pressure it gets a tad scratchy. We replaced the ink sac and the J-bar with a new, hand-fashioned brass one made in our shop. As the new J-bar doesn't put as much pressure against the lever filler, the lever is a little loose. No cracks, some chocolate hazing. The top of the cap has a great art nouveau topper in a deep, dark, yellowy-orange. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1075 Sheaffer Crest
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Sheaffer Crest fountain pens are easily identified by their gold-filled caps on normal Sheaffer Snorkel pens. This vintage pen sports a nice pastel green barrel. We have fully restored it with a new ink sac, O-ring and snorkel gasket. The snorkel itself is a rare 14k gold tube. Just wait until you with the pen. Its two-tone 14k gold nib writes a super smooth medium line. There's only a little wear an light scratching on the body. The cap is free of scratches and dents, except directly under the clip, which is a little off kilter. Filing it under "Nobody's Perfect," the skirted nib has a little seepage where the gold meets the plastic. We have tried sealing it with rubber cement to no avail. It will seep. As it is a great writer, be sure just not to hold it that low, and you'll be fine. When full, keep it nib up when not in use, and that will also minimize seepage. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1017 Rexall Monogram
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
The Rexall Drug Store chain got in on the pen making business for a while, and this Rexall Monogram oversized fountain pen is the perfect example. As thick as a cigar and borrowing a bit of the pearl and black designs of Sheaffer and Parker, it is a handsome curio for any pen collection. This vintage pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. There are no cracks, but there are plenty of little nicks and scratches. Brassing effects the clip a little and the cap rings. The clip also is a little loose. The 14k gold "Forever 6" nib appears to be original and writes a nice medium line with a little drag. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1486 Parker Maxima
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Experience the alternative universe of the Parker Pen Company with this English Parker Maxima. A substantial full-size pen, it combines elements of the American-made Parker VS, Vacumatic and 51. This vintage pen has some brassing on the cap band and wear on the cap and barrel. The imprint is worn off, but there are NO cracks. The aerometric filler is still in good working order. Click the headline font to see close ups of the pen and nib. The nib is an original 14k gold. It has a bit of a crimp that was straightened. It writes a surprisingly nice line. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1478 Waterman 100 Year Pencil
Filling Mechanism: .9mm
Sheer perfection is the only way to describe this translucent red Waterman 100 Year pencil! You can still see through it to the eraser and mechanical parts. NO CRACKS. No brassing. Minimal surface wear. The middle band is engraved "P.E. Giannini." The lead moves up and down with a smooth twist of the tail cap. The eraser is 90% in tact but hardened. Spare leads still rattle around in side this beautiful vintage pencil. Has both the ribbing and the skinny-thick-skinny middle bands. 13.5cm.