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Vintage Pens: 1752 Parker 61 Set
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 1752: Parker: 61 Set
The Remarkable Parker 61 featured the last really unique filling system innovation before the take over of cartridge-converter systems. The 61 capillary filler just sopped up ink from a well with a series of little plastic capillary tubes inside the reservoir tube. The Teflon coating on the reservoir tube made the entire even more ink-cleanup free than the famous Sheaffer Snorkel! We flushed our pen until it ran clear. It comes with a matching click ballpoint pen and pencil. We include a free new full refill and an original early Parker ballpoint refill that has dried out with the ballpoint pen. It is unclear if the pencil is working. The fountain pen writes with a smooth 14k gold nib that goes from extra fine to medium...even though it isn't a stub. Box might not be original, but instructions are.

Vintage Pens: 1756 Parker 51 Special Set
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 1756: Parker: 51 Special Set
Randal took good care of his Parker 51 Special set from "Mother & Dad." You can see the inscription on the box, if you look closely at the photo. The pen and Liquid Lead pencil show a little wear, but not much. The hood has a couple little scuffs on its underside, and the barrel has some wear where the cap came to a rest over the clutch ring when closed. The rest is pretty clean. The silicone ink sac is still in perfectly good working order. The pencil only uses the no-longer-made liquid lead refills, but is in otherwise excellent condition with only light wear. Both sport black cap jewels. The pen features a steel nib that writes a nice medium to medium-broad line. The box is a bit beat up, in addition to the written message, and it doesn't close all the way. Pen measures 13.8cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 0570 No Name Pencil
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $25.00
Vintage Pens: 0570: No Name: Pencil
Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses...or in our case, appreciate a damned handsome pencil. This lapis blue pencil likely came from the late 1920s or early 1930s. The two golden bands and golden nose cone contrast perfectly with the blue. It has wear from use but no cracks. The lead spindle moves up and down with ease, although there is no lead in it. It is just a pretty little ringtop pencil we thought someone might want to give a good home. 10.2cm.

Vintage Pens: 1064 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 1064: Parker: 51
It is easy to love the Parker 51's sleek design, hooded nib (for slower dry-out times on the nib) and Vacumatic filler, which turns the barrel into a tanker of ink. However, we think you will love this rare gold-fill cap design best. It sports a pattern of twin wavy lines, twin pinstripes, twin wavy lines, twin pinstripes, etc. It is a great cap, but, unfortunately, there is a dent in the right side that you can clearly see in the photo. We restored the filler with a new diaphragm. It is a patient filler that you need to slowly pump to fill. The 14k gold nib writes a drier fine line. This vintage pen has a 1944 date code, which makes us wonder if it service in the war with some pilot or officer in the Army, Navy or Marines. 14cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1751 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 1751: Parker: Vacumatic
Just think about it. When this pen was made in 1940, Franklin Roosevelt was running for an unprecedented 3rd term in office, America was convinced it would stay out of World War II and we were putting the Great Depression behind us. That was the state of things when Jack Davis took possession of this pen. It has remained in remarkably good condition since. The handsome golden pearl, double jewel design of this Parker Vacumatic is incredible. Aside from some minor light wear, the obvious brassing of the cap band in the photo and the engraved name, this pen is in excellent condition. No cracks. We fully restored it with a new diaphragm. The "jewels" are black. The pen imprint is strong with a 1940 date code. This blue diamond on the clip meant the pen had a lifetime warranty for Mr. Davis. The 14k gold nib writes a smooth medium line. 13.3cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1750 Sheaffer Cadet
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 1750: Sheaffer: Cadet
"Sage Green" is actually one of the rarer colors Sheaffer used in the 1950s. It sounds nicer than "mental hospital rec room" green. We promise Nurse Ratched does not come with this very nice Sheaffer Cadet fountain pen. It is the best bargain you will find on a fully restored TouchDown filling fountain pen. We replaced the sac and O-rings. It has some light wear and chrome trim. The nib is a steel X1 model. It writes as buttery smooth an extra-fine line as you are going to get out of a vintage steel nib. If you prefer razor-thin Japanese extra-fine lines, this is a little bit thicker of an extra-fine. Remember it's 1950s America. The only serious flaws in the pen are one short, thin crack on each side of the clip's anchor on the cap...along with a little play in the clip. 13.2cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1749 Sheaffer Lifetime Senior
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 1749: Sheaffer: Lifetime Senior
An oversized Sheaffer Lifetime Senior in jade green provides such majesty to a desk or collection. Its cap has virtually no discoloration, although there is some moderate brassing on the straight, flat clip. (The cap bands are perfect.) The barrel is a shade or two darker with some browning discoloration by the threads and tail. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. There are no cracks in the lip of the pen, but there do appear to be small cracks on either side of the clip, where it fits into the cap. The rest of the pen is fine with only light wear and a strong imprint. The original inkfeed and 14k gold nib write a firm but smooth extra-fine line! 13.4cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1748 Sheaffer Black & Pearl Collection
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 1748: Sheaffer: Black & Pearl Collection
Why spend a lifetime tracking down a collection of black-and-pearl Sheaffers from the 1920s when you can just snatch it up in one fell swoop?! All four writing instruments are fully restored in good working order. Working from left to right: Sheaffer 5-30 Torpedo with an original inkfeed and smooth, medium 14k gold nib; Sheaffer Lifetime Ring Top with an original inkfeed and stiff, wet, medium 14k gold nib; a Sheaffer Lifetime Transition--which we aren't certain is a true Transition, but we did find it this way with a torpedo cap and flat bottom--with a reasonably smooth extra-fine Balance-style nib and feed that has lost its two-tone plating; and a Sheaffer pencil in good working order with a 1.1mm lead. The 5-30 has some brassing on the clip. The pens were all users but the imprints are strong and there are no cracks in the lips of the caps. Any discoloration is obvious in the photos. Click the headline for a nib close-up.

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