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Vintage Pens: 1935 Esterbrook 116 Desk Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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: 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: 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: 1904 Waterman 512
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 1904: Waterman: 512
Click the headline photo and look very closely. Our Canadian Waterman 512 appears to be a very dark burgundy. Look at how the section is a true black. The pen looks black in most lights, but this close up shows a different story. We have fully restored this pen with a new ink sac. The lever box is in good condition, and there are no cracks anywhere on the pen. The imprint is strong. Unfortunately, you can also see a lot of wear on the pen. There is a ring where the cap had been repeatedly posted. A few little scratches and blemishes also mar the pen's handsome features. Luckily, its heart and soul are sound. The original 14k gold nib writes a firm but smooth fine line. Zero Flex. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1895 Sheaffer Imperial
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 1895: Sheaffer: Imperial
If you like smoooooth extra-fine nibs, our Sheaffer Imperial is worth a closer look. (At least we think it is an imperial. It has the squared off cap and inlaid nib, but its tail isn't squared but rounded.) Chrome trim looks great against its medium to dark blue body. The cap and barrel have traces of wear from use but nothing terrible. We installed a still-working squeeze-bar converter, but it should take modern Sheaffer cartridges and converters. Its palladium extra-fine nib is dreamy. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1890 Waterman Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 1890: Waterman: Desk Pen
Everyone's got an empty base with no pen, but we've got the rare Waterman Desk Pen with no base! Restored with a new ink sac, this Waterman desk pen features a black hard rubber taper and exceptionally large section. The barrel is a black and pearl with some discoloration. Polish took out the worst of the chocolate hazing. There are remarkably few scratches or marks of wear. No cracks! The imprint is strong, and it lists the pen as made in Canada. The 14k gold nib is marked "Med. Rigid." It is definitely rigid, and more of a fine to fine-medium. Click the headline to see more. 20cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1032 Penol Ambassador Deluxe
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $144.99
Vintage Pens: 1032: Penol: Ambassador Deluxe
Penol was created by Christian Olsen who helped develop Parker pens in Denmark. This Penol Ambassador Senior was the largest of the line, which was sold during the 1940s. It uses a button-filler just like the Duofold. You can see a strong Penol imprint on the barrel, but the "Ambassador" is a bit faded. Light wear adds character to the pen, but there are no chips, cracks or dents. We polished up the cap bands, but there is heavy brassing, with more on the slightly loose clip. The jewel is a little off kilter, but the blue ring of enamel surrounding it is still intact. We are selling this pen for a friend and aren't sure when it was last sac'ed, but it fills easily without any problems. The original Penol Deluxe nib writes a smooth fine line. If you click the headline you can see it isn't marked as gold, and the stamped areas seem to show steel...which isn't surprising given these pens were first made during Nazi occupation. A unique piece for your collection. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 0572 Victorian Sterling Silver Pen & Pencil
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: pre-1900
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 0572: Victorian: Sterling Silver Pen & Pencil
We didn't find any identification marks on this solid sterling silver dip pen and pencil combo from the Victorian era. It has a steel Esterbrook dip nib in it, but its original nib likely was 14k gold. Click the headline to see the pencil. The nib section pulls out of the tail piece to reveal the pencil, which still has a lead! Overall, this is in amazingly good condition with only a couple dents on the tail end of the pen. The space reserved for someone's initials is blank. It has some good heft and length. 14cm.
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