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Vintage Pens: 1584 Esterbrook SM-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 1584: Esterbrook: SM-2668
J-model Esterbrook fountain pens get all of the attention these days, but the Esterbrook SM was really considered the "Standard Model" back in the 1950s. We have fully restored this Esterbrook SM with a new ink sac. There is some light wear on the stainless steel cap and pastel green barrel. The steel 2668 nib was advertised as good for "general writing." We find it writes a wet fine line that might push some people's medium boundary. It also sings a little with a hint of drag. The section and cap jewels are lighter than the barrel. The cap is an early snap cap! 12.9cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1366 Sheaffer Valiant
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 1366: Sheaffer: Valiant
Made for only one year (1949) these "fat" Sheaffer Valiant TouchDown fountain pens were a huge step up from the very troublesome piston fillers of the past decade. Using pneumatics, you simply unscrew the tail piece and pull back a wide tube. Once out all of the way, you stick the nib in ink and push down the tail with a touch of your finger. After a second or two, the pen is full! Production on the filling system in a skinnier model came out the following year, which makes these slightly easier to grip models a real treat for users and collectors. We have fully restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac and O-ring. There is a little light wear on the cap and barrel, but the imprint is strong and there are no cracks. The ink viewing window is clear. Click the headline for a closer picture of the window and two-tone 14k gold nib that writes a smooth, medium line. 13.3cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1577 Parker 61 Signet
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $110.00
Vintage Pens: 1577: Parker: 61 Signet
Made in England, this Parker 61 Signet set is gold filled and ready to write. The vintage pen has had its capillary filling system flushed clean. The last great filling system innovation before cartridge/converter pens took over the market, a capillary filler is exposed by unscrewing the barrel. The very tip of the tail of the filler is dipped in ink for a few seconds and the natural action of the plastic capillaries automatically suck up the ink. A Teflon-like coating made the system virtually mess-free. Wear is minimal on the pen and pencil. There are some light scratches and two dents in the barrel of the pen. You can see one in the photo. Another one half that size is a quarter turn of the barrel away. The pencil is free of dents but has some of those light scratches. The 14k gold nib on the pen writes a fine-medium line with a trace of feedback. The pen is 13.5cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1575 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $215.00
Vintage Pens: 1575: Parker: Duofold
Here is a streamlined Parker Duofold junior that you NEVER see! It is a stunning sea green Canadian model with a rare 3-band cap design in which the middle band is twice as wide as the top and bottom bands. No brassing on the bands, but there is a little on the clip, which rests just off the cap without contact. In addition to the rare banding is an even rarer vintage oblique 18k gold nib! Click the headline for a great close-up. Purists will love that it comes with a Christmas tree inkfeed. The nib writes with moderate flex for an extra-fine to 1.5mm line. This vintage pen has no ink sac to preserve the color, but we will put one in, if you request it. The color on the barrel and cap is very good with minimal discoloration. The section has some chocolate hazing. NO CRACKS. The pen does appear to have been a user, so there are some scratches and wear on the cap and barrel. Some of it is visible in the close up photo. Clearly, imprinting on the barrel is nearly perfect. 11.9cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1572 Wahl-Eversharp 5th Ave.
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 1572: Wahl-Eversharp: 5th Ave.
Following in the footsteps of the Parker 51, the Eversharp 5th Avenue has a hooded 14k gold nib. The idea was that it helped slow evaporation of ink on the nib and feed. This hooded nib has an ergonomic grip. Fully restored with a fresh ink sac, our vintage pen is ready to write. In handsome British racing green and gold-fill trim, this pen also is in a condition good enough to display. There are a few little dents in the cap and minimal brassing in the trim. The barrel and hood have only minor wear. The clip has a little wiggle in it. We don't recommend keeping in a pocket or pen pouch of a brief case or least not one that engages the clip. The original 14k gold nib writes a wet medium line with a little drag and scratch. 13cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1359 Parker Challenger
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 1359: Parker: Challenger
Maintaining the Vacumatic as the company's flagship pen, Parker realized during the Great Depression that it needed to keep more affordable pens available to the public. The Parker Challenger was perfect for the job. Updating the colors from the old Duofold era, Parker engaged the classic pen's filling system for its less expensive line. This jungle-green art deco Parker Challenger has been fully restored with a new ink sac. There are no cracks in the cap or barrel, but it does sport some minor scratches and wear. The worst of it seems to be plier marks on the section. The imprint is strong with a 1937 date code. The gold-plated trim has a little brassing and staining in parts. The original inkfeed and 14k gold nib write a extra-fine to fine line. 13cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 0470 Sheaffer Statesman
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 0470: Sheaffer: Statesman
Experience the Rube Goldberg fun and joy of a Sheaffer Snorkel pen for less with this Sheaffer Statesman. It has been fully restored with a new ink sac, O-ring and gasket. Not only is it useful as an office squirt gun, it writes really well. The conical Triumph palladium nib writes a smooth fine line. The cap and barrel show surface wear from use, but it has a clean imprint. We can't find any cracks in the barrel or cap. The clip is on tightly without any wiggle. Great for daily use and/or experimenting with your first Snorkel. 14.2cm capped.

Vintage Pens: 1542 Parker 75
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 1542: Parker: 75
One of the last great production pens of the fountain pen era, the Parker 75 came in many metal designs. We aren't quite sure what this one is called. It is like a chrome barley corn or diamond cut. Whatever it is, it is quite handsome and dent free. This one is made in France and comes with a fine-point 18k gold nib with a little flex! Click the headline for a close-up. It uses modern Parker ink cartridges or converters but comes with neither. The section grip is cylindrical and not that funky triangle grip many of these pens come with. The golden ends of the pens are like 4 stacked plates. Instead of a silver plate center on the flat top, there is actually some kind of decorative imprint. 12.8cm capped.

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