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Vintage Pens: 3856 Esterbrook SM?
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3856: Esterbrook: SM?
We think this is a set of late 1950s Esterbrook SM writing instruments, but the jewels don't look quite right for an SM. We've restored it with a new ink sac. Both the pen and pencil are engraved with the initials L.A.P. Some ink stains the section between the nib and threads. The set was a daily user set. Click the headline for a close-up of the nib. It is an upgraded steel 9788 nib. You will write a wet, fine-medium line with a hint of feedback. Clicking the pencil is how the lead advances, but the lead tip controller is unusually recessed. Not sure if it is a .9mm lead or 1.1mm lead. The pen is 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3855 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 3855: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen
In the 1940s, Esterbrook was coming on strong as a quality dime store brand. They had figured out vibrant colors and interchangeable nibs that screw in and out. We have restored this Esterbrook Dollar Pen with a new ink sac. In spite of the inscribed "L.A. Page," this pen is a great condition. No cracks, dents or deep scratches. Minty green shines through its junior size body. Click the headline to see an upgraded steel 9460 nib. It writes a very smooth, wet medium line. Its pocket clip is on tight. 10.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3854 Esterbrook Franken J
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3854: Esterbrook: Franken J
It's alive! It's alive! Somebody really wanted to keep this Esterbrook pen working. We think it is a combination of an SJ barrel in that wonderful, vibrant copper color, a black hard rubber section and a chrome SM cap! Whatever it is, we restored it with a new ink sac. There is some heavy scarring of the tail of the pen from posting. Its upgraded steel 9556 nib writes a firm, wet fine line with a little feedback. The cap only takes a 1/4 turn to snug tightly. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3851 Esterbrook SJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3851: Esterbrook: SJ-2668
Esterbrooks can be a great gateway drug into vintage pens. Probably the most popularly sold pen of the 1950s, they have great colors, easy to use lever fillers and very easily interchangeable nibs. That's right. The nibs unscrew like a Pelikan nib. There are about 3 dozen replacement options. We restored this Esterbrook SJ (Short J model) with a new ink sac. It has a steel 2668 nib. Click the headline for a photo. We find that it writes a surprisingly smooth medium line, considering it is a little tweaked. No cracks, a strong imprint, minimal wear and a tight pocket clip. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2767 Esterbrook LJ Icicle Red
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2767: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle Red
Esterbrook fountain pens are among our very best sellers, but sometimes one will throw us a curve. On quick inspection, this looks like a standard (albeit rare) Esterbrook LJ Icicle pen in red. Yet, the heavily brassing lever looks different than normal, though it looks original to this pen. Its imprint runs across the narrow width of the pen, unlike the normal down the length of the pen. Plus, the plastic looks thinner and more transparent...though not really transparent. It has the usual clip, cap band and jewels. We restored it with a new ink sac. Its steel 2556 nib writes a dry, extra-fine line. It is reasonably smooth, but it is still a steel nib. 13cm capped.
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: 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.
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