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Vintage Pens: 2085 Parker Parkette Deluxe
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2085: Parker: Parkette Deluxe
During the desperate days of the Great Depression Parker needed a second tier pen to compete with all of the cheap-o pen makers popping up and outselling them in 5 and dimes. That is when they came up with the Parkette Deluxe. A stunning design, this red-marbled pen has a 12-sided cap and barrel. The imprint is still readable. We restored this pen with a new ink sac and custom-built J-spring. It might not be as efficient as the original J-spring, but it works. The original J-spring split in half inside the pen long ago. The steel nib writes a surprisingly nice, smooth fine line. No cracks, light wear. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2083 Sheaffer Clipper
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $89.99
Vintage Pens: 2083: Sheaffer: Clipper
Rube Goldberg would be proud of the engineers at Sheaffer for their development of the snorkel pen filling system. Designed to be mess-free and compete better against those pesky ballpoint pens, the Sheaffer Clipper was a pen with a little tube or snorkel that comes out from under the nib to suck ink into the pen. We have completely restored this one by replacing the ink sac, O-ring and point seal. Its snorkel is a little bent on the end, and it only retacts about 99% of the way with just a shade sticking out of the feed. The conical, palladium "Triumph" nib writes a smooth fine line, with its intentionally factory upturned nib. The cap and barrel show light wear. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2081 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 2081: Parker: Duofold
Have you ever wanted to try a Parker Vacumatic but balked when you saw the price? This 1941 Parker Duofold might be an excellent first Vacumatic-fill pen for you. Just imagine what it might have seen from its creation just before the U.S. entered World War II. We fully restored this pen with a new diaphragm, and it is in great working order. The original 14k gold nib writes a nice fine-medium line, and it has a tiny bit of flex. The imprint is strong, but the 1 date code is upside-down! The aluminum speedline filler works smoothly. Although the ink-viewing portion of the barrel is darkened from age, you can still see through it a little. No cracks, BUT this poor guy saw a lot of combat in the office...if not on the battlefield. It suffers heavy wear and some deep scratches. The tail is a little pregnant where the diaphragm fits into the barrel. Still, it is a great writer for every day use. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2082 Waterman Sky Writer
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2082: Waterman: Sky Writer
War rationing limited pen companies on their trim options in the 1940s, and many started using silvery metals nickel for their clips and cap bands. This Waterman Sky Writer from Canada features such trim. Unfortunately, it has some significant brassing, but the pen is in good shape and restored with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel have no cracks but show moderate to heavy wear. The real star of the pen is its semi-flex 14k gold nib. Click the headline for a close up. It can write a fine line sideways and it can be encouraged to flex to about a double broad. 10.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2080 Esterbrook SJ-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2080: Esterbrook: SJ-9556
Esterbrook pens were THE pens of the 1950s. Inexpensive and easily customized with interchangeable nib, schools and businesses often required them. There is no more elegant proof of that than this Esterbrook SJ model pen that is marked by the phone company that once owned it! We have fully restored it with a new ink sac. There are no cracks, and it has a strong imprint. However, it also was a daily user that has moderate wear in the form of light scratches. As a bonus, it has the upgraded steel 9556 nib, a far superior nib to the very scratchy 1000 series nibs. The 9556 designated that it was for firm fine writing, and it is exactly that. Firm, fine might also give away that it wrote on a lot of carbon paper for duplicate and triplicate copies! 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2079 Waterman 3V
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 2079: Waterman: 3V
Vintage Waterman is famous for its nibs, and this semi-flex nib won't disappoint. We have fully restored this Waterman 3V with a new ink sac. It has a great layered green-and-red design. The tail shows a little krazing, but it feels stable for now. The cap is crack free. The whole pen only shows light wear and strong imprints. The 14k gold nib writes well with semi-flex that goes from extra fine to around .5mm. The capped pen measures 10.8cm.
Vintage Pens: 2078 Parker 61
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $69.99
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Vintage Pens: 2078: Parker: 61
Parker's last great innovation of the golden era of fountain pens was the capillary filler. It was used in the Parker 61, and it was incredibly simple and clean. Unscrew the barrel to reveal a Teflon-coated tube. Dip the tail of the tube in ink and fill the pen. Ink would flow up a special insert. Pull the tube out of ink, and residual ink wasn't supposed to cling to the Teflon. Ours vintage pen is an English made Parker with a 12k-gold plated cap. Really outstanding is a genuine oblique stub nib! The nib is meant for more expert caligraphers, as it has sharper edges if you leave the sweet spot. We flushed the pen to help remove the old ink. This classic writing instrument comes with its original box. The cap and barrel show light wear, EXCEPT there is a 1/4-inch hairline crack in the barrel where it screws to the section. No dents. Strong imprints. Double jewels in good condition. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2077 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2077: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
Ring in autumn with this fall-inspired copper Esterbrook LJ model fountain pen. The color really stands out as vibrantly as the leaves will soon turn. We restored it with a new ink sac. The steel 2668 nib writes a very smooth fine line. There are no cracks and only light wear on the cap and barrel. Click the headline for a close up of the pen. Look closely at the top of the cap. The only real flaw on this pen is that peculiar bulge. Although there is a little play in the clip, it seems to be on tight. 12.1cm capped.
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