Pencil: 4695 Parker Liquid Lead
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Parker Liquid Lead Pencils continue to fascinate us. Here is a slender model with an almost Parker 21 like pocket clip from the 1950s. Sadly, the idea of a liquid lead pencil never really took off, but we still have some handsome examples of them around. This model shows more moderate to heavy wear from use but a rarer imprint than many of these pencils we've seen. You can also see a little rust no the tail cap. Unfortunately, this pencil's refill has run dry, and they don't make these refills any longer. 13.1cm.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4650 Omas Milord Vermeil
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
More than just an awesome Omas Milord pen, this is a vermeil version with a gold-plated sterling silver tail cap. This is even an older model! It uses the earlier Omas refills, and comes with a working black refill. No dents or deep scratches mar the pen, but it looks as if the silver is starting to show through the gold in places. It comes with a nice leather pouch in excellent condition. 13.9cm.
Pencil: 0566 Sheaffer 400
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Vintage pencils make math and crossword puzzles way more fun. Take this Sheaffer 400 pencil for example. It is an early devotee of the .9mm lead. You advance and retract it with a simple twist of the tail cap. It has some wear from use, but most of us do after 80 years. The worst of it is a few little scratches in the nose cone, which you can see in the photo. The carmine red pattern is one of the rarer color schemes from this era. The clip is on tightly. It no longer has its eraser, but it comes with a spare lead. 13.3cm.
Inkwells and Blotters: 4640 Porcelain Inkwell
Add some beauty and style to your desk with this porcelain inkwell with a floral design. Click the headline, and you can see that you lift the lid of the inkwell by the yellow rose to dip and fill your pen. A reserve dish behind the inkwell portion is for stamps, back when your could tear them from a perforated sheet and had to lick them. No cracks or chips mar the porcelain, but the gold piping along the edges is worn or missing in many places. There is what likely was part of a maker's mark on the bottom in the gold paint for the edging, but it, too, is mostly missing and indistinguishable. The flowers are all perfect. We dont't actually know when this was made, but the design suggests it might have been for a dip pen, yet the floral pattern seems a little more modern, which is why we guess the 1920s. However, we are not experts on porcelain inkwells and it could be earlier or later. International shipping might require more money than the site will ask. L: 14cm X W: 8cm X H: 7.5cm.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4585 Namiki Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Galaxy
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Fountain Pen Nib Size: B
Totally Rad. Check out the incredible urushi design on the limited edition Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Galaxy. Real pieces of crushed abalone shell are lacquered into the finish of this amazing design topped off with Rhodium-plated trim. Although it was used, it shows minimal wear. It comes with a box and converter. The pen barrel is is marked "Namiki" instead of the usual "Pilot." Its Rhodium-plated 18k gold nib also is stamped Namiki with the markings of "B" to indicate it is a broad nib. We find it writes smoothly, though you can feel the paper as you write. It also leans closer to an American or German medium nib, as is common for a Japanese nib. We cannot confirm this is the original box, as we have seen bamboo/wooden boxes for these pens. Yet, we guarantee the pen is authentic. 14cm.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4385 Visconti Traveling Ink Pot
Travel the globe and never run out of ink when you get this Visconti Traveling Ink Pot. This large capacity ink pot is ink tight, fits most luggage easily, comes with an eyedropper, blotting cloth and even an ink pellet to make ink with distilled water! The whole thing even comes with its original box! This ink pot had been used, as we cleaned out all the ink chambers. Yet, the entire assembly looks to be in good working order. Even the blotter cloth is ink free.
Vintage Pens: 4559 Parker Duofold International
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
So close to perfection, it is painful. Tragically, this otherwise mint condition Parker Duofold senior fountain pen made of orange hard rubber, has a triangle shaped hole in its side where the rubber blew apart. We super-glued Humpty Dumpty back together, and it looks like a museum piece with the cap closed. Such sharp, crisp milling on the cap and tail ends! No brassing. An original "Christmas tree" inkfeed. An original box! We restored the pen with a new ink sac. Its 14k gold original nib writes a smooth fine line. Everything works great. Too bad about the side of the barrel. Its button filler is also pretty chewed up, BUT we think it is solid 14k gold! Click the headline for close-ups. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4517 Parker Oversize Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Perfection is difficult to achieve in vintage pens, but this 1940 Oversize Parker Vacumatic gets close. No cracks, only light wear and incredible barrel clarity with celluloid that is on the light orange-dark yellow spectrum. No brassing. A feint barrel imprint. Close to perfect two-tone plating for the 14k gold nib. (Click the headline for a close-up.) YET, as you can see on the main photo, the name "James A. Kunkel" is engraved on the barrel. We looked up the name, and there are too many James Kunkels to know who owned this specific pen. You'll write an extra-fine line that is a bit dry but can sometimes look fine. Restored and in great working order. Museum worthy rare burgundy...yet, still a good writer. 13.5cm capped.