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Vintage Pens: 2764 Esterbrook LJ Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2764: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle
Seemingly straight from the Esterbrook factory in New Jersey is this new old stock Esterbrook LJ Icicle. This is the first grey Icicle model we've ever carried, and it is practically flawless. It has a new ink sac, no cracks AND the inner cap is entirely free of ink. The cap has its original sticker, which you can see when you click the headline. Crisp, clean imprint. Just a little light surface wear from being on this earth for the past 60-odd years, but nothing to get excited about. It comes with a steel 2668 nib that writes a nice extra-fine to fine line. Due to an incorrect article we read years ago, we've only recently learned that these LJ models are the long skinny ones and the SJ are the short models. This is the long and skinny at 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2762 Esterbrook Visumaster
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $399.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 2762: Esterbrook: Visumaster
Capping off our docket of really rare Esterbrook pens is this art deco copper marble Esterbrook Visumaster set. The earliest variant of the Visumaster, this has the tapered tail, wide-skinny-wide marbled copper pattern on the cap and barrel AND a frosted 9048 nib. The pen has been restored with a new ink sac. There are no fractals in the view window; nor are there any cracks in any other part of the pen and pencil. Each has some light wear from long ago use and a strong imprint. The pencil works, advancing a 1.1mm lead with a click action. The original 9048 nib is a semi-flex that goes from extra-fine to medium or a little larger. There is a little feedback on the left-to-right diagonal upstroke...but did you read the part about it having flex...in a steel nib?! 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2761 Esterbrook Visumaster
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $399.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 2761: Esterbrook: Visumaster
Esterbrook Visumaster pens are stunning works of art from the early 1940s. This is one of the earliest examples with its tapered tail and ORIGINAL frosted band steel 9668 nib with a triangular breather hole! The smokey blue cap and barrel feature wide strips of very art deco blue marble connected by skinny strips of the same material. No cracks blemish the pen and no fractals mess with the clear viewing window! Only light wear from daily use can be found on the pen and pencil. The pen has been restored with a new ink sac. The pencil is a clicker in good working order, loaded with 1.1mm lead. The pencil tail cap is a little loose, but everything is working very well. The pen's nib writes extra-fine to medium with a little feedback. It isn't a flex nib, but it responds to a little pressure...almost a semi-flex. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2760 Esterbrook Visumaster
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $399.99
Vintage Pens: 2760: Esterbrook: Visumaster
Most people think of the Esterbrook J-model pens starting in 1948, but they technically got their start in the short-lived Esterbrook Visumaster. These earlier, wider full-size (not oversized) pens were great with a clear viewing window that lets you know when you are running low on ink. These had a steel top jewel like the Dollar Pen but the J clip. The tail of this variant was more like a Transition pen. Ours has some wear from use, but it has a strong imprint, rare matching click pencil and is restored with a new ink sac. Click the headline for close-ups. The one thing that might concern you looking at it are the "fractals" in the viewing window. These are common in clear plastics of the 1940s. There appear to be two layers to the window. The inner layer has the fractals but the outer layer is crack-free. It won't leak. The upgraded, early steel 9556 nib writes a firm extra-fine line. It sings a bit, but it has no real feedback. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2759 Esterbrook Deep V-Clip
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $175.00
Vintage Pens: 2759: Esterbrook: Deep V-Clip
Dig deep to the roots of Esterbrook fountain pens with a very early black hard rubber Esterbrook V-Clip. Famous for their beautifully lustrous and vibrant celluloids, it is almost hard to believe Esterbrook had production line, non-dip black hard rubber pens. Yet, here's the proof. No cracks, but it does have a couple small but obvious scratches on the cap and barrel. The imprint is clean. You can see the chocolate hazing in the photo. Fully restored, this vintage pen comes with a fresh ink sac. Its early steel 1554 Gregg nib looks as if it was filed down to an oblique stub. It writes a smooth medium with variation at a very low angle of attack, but it isn't forgiving if you change hand positions. 12.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2758 Esterbrook Deep V-Clip
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 2758: Esterbrook: Deep V-Clip
Will the Esterbrook wonders never cease? We kick it really Old Skool with this incredible Esterbrook V-Clip fountain pen in "foliage green." This is one rare, early celluloid Esterbrook. No cracks! Light traces of wear from use. A good ink sac. A really early 1551 Dura-Chrome nib. This pen is pretty impressive for any dedicated Esterbrook collector! Fitting under the "nobody's perfect" heading, the inner C-clip used to hold the lever in place has bulged out a little along the center of the pen. You will feel a little bump. The steel nib writes very well...with a hint of FLEX and feedback. Click the headline, and you'll see it looks a little chewed up, but it writes well in our hands. Strong imprint. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2755 Esterbrook Cracked Ice
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $599.99
Vintage Pens: 2755: Esterbrook: Cracked Ice
Among the hardest-to-find Esterbrook pens is the famed Esterbrook Cracked Ice design from the 1930s until about 1941. We found one. This particular model has been officially referred to as both green AND blue, but not blue-green. Just as stunning as the design is the fact it is in such pristine condition, with only the slightest trace of discoloration near the threads on the barrel. Click the headline for a close-up. You can easily get lost in the nooks and crannies of such vibrant early plastics. It has no cracks and minimal wear. It was restored with a fresh ink sac. The original steel 9668 nib writes a very nice fine line with only a faint hint of feedback. Wider bodied like a J-model. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2652 Sheaffer Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $175.00
Vintage Pens: 2652: Sheaffer: Lifetime
No vintage pen collection is complete without an oversized Sheaffer Lifetime Flattop fountain pen. These pens were among the very best produced in the 1920s. About the size of a robusto cigar, they were considered tankers for ink reserves back in its own time. Ours is in great working order with a fresh ink sac. There are no cracks. It has some light wear from daily use, especially around the top of the cap. The clip and cap ring have some brassing. The original 14k gold Lifetime nib is complemented by a slightly later Sheaffer Balance inkfeed. It writes a firm, extra-fine line. (The firmness was to help it write through carbon copies back in the 1920s.) On the flat bottom is a small "c" imprint. This actually indicated that the pen barrel was made by a contractor hired by Sheaffer! 13.3cm capped.
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