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Vintage Pens: 1939 Waterman 100 Year Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 1939: Waterman: 100 Year Pen
Waterman's Hundred Pen was predicted to last 100 years! Sadly, most of these beautiful pens did not last long. The celluloid tops and bottoms began to kraze. Our pen is a junior size that is remarkably well preserved! We have not touched the red celluloid and doubt the last owner did. In the photo, you can see a tiny chip missing near the pocket clip bolt. If you turn the cap around, you can see only a hint where the rest of the cap meets the red that a bit of krazing might be starting...or might have started and arrested years ago. There are some scratches and a little wear but not bad. The lip of the cap looks as if it has a crack, but we don't feel it when running the lip over a thumbnail. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. Its original 14k gold nib writes a firm fine line. Technically, the nib has flex, but it doesn't write like it. It will take a lot of training to make it flexi. Click the headline for photos. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1934 Esterbrook 114 Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 1934: Esterbrook: 114 Desk Pen
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 114 desk pen set. It features a shiny black, almost art deco, 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 in excellent condition with only some light wear and a bite mark at the very tip of the tail. Its steel 2968 nib is an upgrade nib that was advertised back in the day as "broad writing" nib. We've dipped it and it writes a very smooth fine line for us. Complete with original box, although the box shows more wear than either the pen or base.
Vintage Pens: 1928 Sheaffer Craftsman
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 1928: Sheaffer: Craftsman
After the failed Vacuum filler and before the Snorkel, Sheaffer had 4 great years with the simple pneumatic-filling TouchDown system. This Sheaffer Craftsman is a great starter pen or daily driver for anybody exploring late 1940s Sheaffer filling systems. We have fully restored this one with a new ink sac and O-ring. The 14k gold "Feather Touch" nib writes a nice, wet, smooth medium line. The plated two-tone finish is mostly faded to monotone base-level solid 14k gold. The pen has lots of wear but no cracks. The cap band is raised above the cap surface, which seems odd but it doesn't effect anything. The viewing window is still visible but very dark orange. An awesome daily writer. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1924 Sheaffer Valiant Admiral
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $85.00
Vintage Pens: 1924: Sheaffer: Valiant Admiral
Here's a riddle wrapped inside a mystery. This Sheaffer Snorkel is giving us fits. It has an Valiant cap that matches the burgundy Admiral body, which has the most buttery smooth 14k medium (M2) nib. Only Sheaffer Admirals had open, gold monotone nibs. Normally, we'd say it is a married set, BUT the imprint is a little off, too. "W.A. Sheaffer Pen Co. / Fort Madison, Iowa, URSA / Made in USA." Did you notice the out-of-place "R"? It is actually larger than the USA font, falling between and on top of the "U.S". We don't know if that gives any significance to the pen, but you sure don't see many typos like that in the imprint. We restored the seals and gaskets, and this pen is writing and filling like new. No cracks, only light wear. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 0492 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 0492: Parker: Duofold
Parker Duofolds might be considered the ultimate American pen of the 1920s...this one was made in Toronto, Canada. This junior-size model has a black Permanite cap and barrel with slightly chocolate-hazed black, hard rubber end caps. We restored it with a new ink sac. It has an original Christmas-tree inkfeed, but that feed is not a full Lucky Curve feed, in spite of the fact the barrel is thusly marked. The 14k gold nib writes a smooth, wet fine line. Minimal brassing, but one cap ring is missing. No cracks, but there is wear from use and age. 11.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1917 Sheaffer Imperial (Dolphin)
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 1917: Sheaffer: Imperial (Dolphin)
One Sheaffer's last fountain pens marketed to the masses at the tail end of the original fountain pen era was its Imperial. Our Sheaffer Imperial is particularly noteworthy for its "dolphin" nib. These were factory-made nibs in which they had cut away the complete inlay nib and installed more of a cowled nib such as the Parker 51. It is a neat oddity for your collection, and this steel or palladium nib writes a nice, smooth medium line. This is a cartridge-only pen, unless you can find a Sheaffer converter to fit it. The cap is mostly okay, but the section and barrel show a fair amount of wear from use. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1910 Esterbrook J-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 1910: Esterbrook: J-2668
America learned to write using Esterbrook fountain pens. They were among the most popular due to their incredible colors and interchangeable nibs...and affordable price tag. Our black Esterbrook J model is the largest of the Esterbrooks of the 1950s. It comes with a steel 2668 nib, which writes a very nice fine line. It was advertised as an upgrade nib for "general writing." Click the headline to see the scuff marks on top of the nib, which don't effect its writing. The cap and barrel are worn but free of cracks. Black plastic jewels intact. Fully restored with a fresh ink sac. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1909 Parker Duofold (English)
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 1909: Parker: Duofold (English)
Duofold branding is the gift that keeps on giving for Parker. Depending on how you count it, Parker Duofolds have spanned five model types in the past century. This Parker Duofold was an English model from after World War II. Interestingly enough, it uses a button-filler system like those on the Parker VS. To American eyes, it looks like a black Vacumatic without the viewer. It has light wear, except for where you can see wear rings around the threads and over the tail, where the cap got posted. The 14k gold nib writes a fine line. 13.1cm capped.
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