All Pens and Ephemera

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Pre-Owned Pens: 4115 Lamy Tri-Pen
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $49.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4115: Lamy: Tri-Pen
Need a versatile pen that can write in three different colors of ink? Look no further than this Lamy Multi Pen. It is a fantastic ballpoint made of brushed steel. It includes three colors of ink: red, blue and black. Of course, you'd be welcome to change them to any color made in a stick style refill. The trick to making this pen work is to lay it horizontally and roll it over to the color you want facing up at you. In the case of this photo, if you clicked the tail in this position, you'd get the red ink. If you roll the entire pen forward so that the blue square is in the red square's current position, the blue ink will come out. It is pretty ingenius. All three refills are presently working. 14.5cm.
Vintage Pens: 4681 Sheaffer Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: B
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 4681: Sheaffer: Lifetime
Welcome to your new favorite daily driver! This early black radite 1920s Sheaffer Lifetime is one smooth writing treat. We restored this oversized flattop with a new ink sac. Yeah, it shows some wear and tear. A name was taken off the pen, and it shows a little warping around the top of the cap. There is some light to moderate wear on the rest of the cap and barrel. But who cares?! Once you write with this beast, you may never want to write with anything else. Click the headline to see the early 14k gold Lifetime nib without a serial number. It writes like a wet, broad dream that is both very smooth but not a total paint brush. You can just feel the paper under your pen. We love it. Sheaffer super fans will like that it has an "F" on the flat bottom of the pen, which indicates it was made for Sheaffer at a contracted factory when production demands topped what Sheaffer alone could manufacture. 13.3cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4711 Cross Townsend
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $75.00
Pre-Owned Pens: 4711: Cross: Townsend
If you are a pen snob, we ask that you please set aside your prejudice against Cross pens for just a moment as you examine the sleek, stalwart design of the Cross Townsend. These are insanely reliable writers that are workhorses of the top caliber. Yet, the pen community seems to blow off all but the Lapis and Jade models. However, this plain black-and-gold model can blow your doors off, if you give it a try. Its 18k gold nib is marked extra fine, but it writes a smooth, wet medium. It comes with a working Cross converter. Light wear on the pen and trim. 15cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4710 ?? Newton & Co. ? Sterling Silver
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: pre-1900   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 4710: ?? Newton & Co. ?: Sterling Silver
Click the headline to get this started properly and see the stunningly huge wet-noodle flexy 14k gold nib. Looks like a faded initial or two then "Newton & Co. / New York / No. 5." We've seen other brands size 8 nibs that look smaller than this nib. This vintage dip pen is large and exquisite. Although it isn't marked as such, it appears to have a sterling silver section and hollow barrel. Possibly a pencil was involved with the other end of the nib section, but it is missing and there is a large blemish that is easily seen in the photo. Dents blemish the end of the barrel. Nevertheless, this remains a beautiful 19th century pen. We aren't expert enough to wield it, yet it seems to write a nearly invisible extra-fine to 1mm line. 14.1mm fully extended, 10.3cm closed.
Vintage Pens: 4709 John Holland Fine No. 7
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: SF
Price: $399.99
Vintage Pens: 4709: John Holland: Fine No. 7
Victorian/Edwardian dip pen fans will continue to gush over this red mottled hard rubber No. 7 by John Holland. It is a dynamite hard rubber pen with no cracks. You can see some dark ink staining on one end, but the rest of the vintage pen is pretty amazing. Its huge 14k gold nib is marked "fine," and it has a little flex but it isn't a wet noodle. It has a little feedback as most of these dip nibs do, but it is a treasure for sure. The tail taper is also the cap of the pen. Great for attempting Spencerian script or display. 9.2cm closed.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4615 Aurora Thesi
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $99.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4615: Aurora: Thesi
Italian designers were never ones who felt compelled to stick to standard designs and conventions. The folks at Aurora seemed to reconceptualize the pen when they created the Aurora Thesi. It almost looks like a avant garde cigarette lighter. However, this slender black-and-golden beauty is a click ballpoint pen. You can see the slide clicker on the top horizontal line of the pen in the photo. It comes with a working blue refill, but we do not know how easily replaced these refills are. Light wear on the pen from use. 13.6cm
Pre-Owned Pens: 4614 Aurora Optima
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $149.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4614: Aurora: Optima
The vibrant red of our Aurora Optima ballpoint screams Christmas and St. Valentine's Day. We love the way the light picks up the different flecks of ruby goodness. You will find the pen is in mint or near-mint condition. It comes with a working black Parker-style refill that is easily found everywhere. You advance and retract the refill with a twist of the tail cap. This pre-owned pen makes writing an elegant joy once again. 13cm.
Vintage Pens: 4708 Hick’s LeRoy W Fairchild
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: pre-1900   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 4708: Hick’s: LeRoy W Fairchild
William S. Hicks Gold Pen Co. got its start in 1857. This dual dip pen and pencil has an 1867 patent mark. It is a lovely Victorian pen. The barrel sports some kind of black lacquer over a diamond pattern. We assume (potentially wrongly) that the barrel is made of brass with gold-filled ends. The section could very well be made of gold and has an identical pattern as the barrel. However, the section is stamped with the maker name of "L.W. Fairchild & Co." (The bottom of the L is a weak imprint and looks like a T.) The large No. 6 14k gold nib is marked LeRoy W Fairchild. It is a fantastic Spencerian nib that writes fine to 2mm with plenty of flex! Click the headline for close-ups. We don't know if the pencil still works, but the tube still extends and retracts. Minimal wear on the pen and its pieces, possibly some brassing or stubborn tarnish. Look closely at the nib stand-alone photo. There might be the start of a crack in the bottom or left shoulder of the nib. 9.5cm closed.
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