Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler

  
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Vintage Pens: 3753 Esterbrook J-9460
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 3753: Esterbrook: J-9460
An insurance agent? A secretary? A businessman? A sales clerk? These are just some of the careers likely held by whomever once owned this Esterbrook J-model pen. Why those careers? Our fully restored vintage pen comes with a upgraded steel 9460 nib, which was advertised as a "manifold" or "rigid medium" nib designed for writing with carbon paper...the world's copying machine before copying machines were invented. As a whole pen, it is in great shape. No cracks, legible imprint, complete jewels, tight clip, only light surface wear. We installed a new ink sac. Click the headline for close-ups. You'll write a nice firm, smooth fine-medium line once you find its sweet spot. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3750 Esterbrook Purse Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 3750: Esterbrook: Purse Pen
Every fashion-forward woman of the 1950s needed to showcase her impeccable sense of style with an Esterbrook SJ Purse Pen. Dainty and robin's egg blue, our Estie is in excellent condition. Coming complete with a box and filling instructions, this vintage pen has a working ink sac. No cracks, no deep scratches, jewels are perfect, clip is on tightly and the imprint is strong. You can see light, shallow wear. It comes with a steel 2556 nib. It writes a firm, extra-fine line with a degree of responsiveness that isn't flexi. 11.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1025 Morrison’s Black Beauty
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $99.99  Was: $134.99
Vintage Pens: 1025: Morrison’s: Black Beauty
Morrison's fountain pens were a 2nd tier contender out of New York. Its vintage pen model "Black Beauty," photographed here, is clearly a nod to the famous novel, as there is a horse's head and neck engraved on the barrel in the logo. This pen would become known as the Patriot during World War II, but these 1930s models were made of black hard rubber, given golden trim accents and a steel nib. This model, has its original gold-plated steel nib! 90% or more of the plating is gone, but you can still see it in the stamped engraving. It writes a nice fine line without any pressure, but with pressure it gets a tad scratchy. We replaced the ink sac and the J-bar with a new, hand-fashioned brass one made in our shop. As the new J-bar doesn't put as much pressure against the lever filler, the lever is a little loose. No cracks, some chocolate hazing. The top of the cap has a great art nouveau topper in a deep, dark, yellowy-orange. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3742 Esterbrook LJ Icicle Teal
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $89.99
Vintage Pens: 3742: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle Teal
Teal really pops on this Esterbrook LJ Icicle fountain pen. Aside from a couple little marks on the cap or barrel, this vintage pen looks like it just came of the assembly line! It has been restored with a new ink sac. Rarer than the standard J-series designs, it was still the pen that was most used by Baby Boomers learning to write with an "ink pen." The color might be our favorite feature on this pen, its simple screw-out nib is our other favorite feature. As they made at least 3 dozen different point sizes that are still easily available, we love how easily customized it is. No cracks. The steel nib is a 2556 model that was advertised as being for fine-point nib. We find it writes a surprisingly smooth, firm fine line. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3741 Esterbrook LJ Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 3741: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle
Esterbrook pens are best know as the brand of pens that taught an entire generation of Baby Boomers how to write. Easily customized and very affordable, these pens were often required by high schools and various trade schools. Our Esterbrook LJ model above is especially special because it is a rarer "grey icicle" model. Icicle pens had long striped designs, unlike the standard models. Our vintage pen looks as if it just rolled off the assembly line. No cracks, only the lightest traces of wear. Our favorite features on Esterbrooks is their removable, screw-out nibs. A steel 2668 nib graces this pen, and it writes a very smooth fine line. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3740 Conklin Sub Endura
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 3740: Conklin: Sub Endura
It took us a while to track down some answers for this pen. We finally discovered, courtesy of David Isaacson's inimitable website, that this was an unnamed model Conklin pen. He calls it the Conklin Sub Endura, as it was neither a Symetrik nor an Endura. It was meant as a lesser model for those who couldn't afford Conklin's higher end pens. While he had seen many of these pens in the past, he had only seen this maroon-and-pearl-grey pen once before. Ours is fully restored with a new ink sac. No cracks and minimal wear. Its only real problem is brassing on the cap bands. Write a nice fine line with a hint of flex with this original 14k gold nib. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3727 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $125.00
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Vintage Pens: 3727: Sheaffer: Balance
The pearl parts of this late 1920s or early 1930s Sheaffer Balance fountain pen are some of the purist original color that we've ever seen. Unfortunately, part of the barrel has a little discoloration. As a vintage pen, it has been fully restored with a new ink sac. It sports an original inkfeed and 14k gold nib. Click the headline for a close-up. The nib writes a fine-medium line with a little feedback. Longer but also skinnier than the official oversized pen. 14.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3729 Sheaffer OS Balance Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 3729: Sheaffer: OS Balance Set
As far as we're concerned, the Sheaffer Balance might be the most perfect fountain pen ever made. Elegant, simple and an amazing writer. When the average person thinks of a vintage fountain pen, the stereotype image that most likely comes to mind is that of the Sheaffer Balance. This model is the rarer Over Sized Sheaffer Balance. It has been restored with a new ink sac. The color is amazing, without more than 5% discoloration. No cracks! You'll only find brassing on the ball of the clip. Light wear on the cap and barrel. Its 14k gold nib writes a firm, medium line. The pencil shows a little more wear with scratches on the nose cone and brassing on the ball clip. Twist the tail cap to advance a 1.1mm lead. The lead mechanism retracts, too, but we don't think this lead is engaged in it, so you need to push the lead back in after the twist retraction. We find that the pen is the widest Sheaffer Balance we've ever held, but it only measures a capped length of 13.8cm.
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