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Vintage Pens: 3419 Esterbrook SJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 3419: Esterbrook: SJ-1555 Gregg
It is a pretty safe bet to think this attractive ruby red Esterbrook SJ fountain pen once belonged to a secretary or journalist. Why? The 1555 Gregg nib was designed for practitioners of shorthand via the Gregg method. We restored this "Short J" (SJ) model vintage pen with a new ink sac. The old J-bar spring inside broke at the J, but it was reinstalled and seems to work fine. No cracks. Just general wear from use.
Vintage Pens: 3420 Esterbrook J-9668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 3420: Esterbrook: J-9668
Come see the pen that taught a generation of Americans how to write with an ink pen. Esterbrook pens were the most requested by high schools, business schools and shorthand schools because they were both affordable and easily customized. Esterbrook nibs unscrew and are interchangeable. Plus, the company made more than 3 dozen different point sizes. We restored this classic black Esterbrook J model with a new ink sac. It is the widest sized of the Esterbrook line. Ours clearly has some wear from use. Plus, the tail jewel has some pretty big chips in it, and you can see the clip doesn't rest flush against the cap. (It is on securely, but it spins.) The 9668 nib was an upgrade nib that writes a nice, wet medium line. Some people might find it has a shade of feedback, but isn't bad. In fact, it really won't bother 90% of people who know Esterbrook nibs.
Vintage Pens: 3415 Esterbrook LJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 3415: Esterbrook: LJ-1555 Gregg
Esterbrook taught a generation of Americans how to write with an ink pen. No pen was more requested by high schools and trade schools for Baby Boomers. Affordable, attractive and easily customized, these were all-out troopers among the vintage pen era. We love how they have easy screw-out nibs...and more than 3 dozen different nib sizes. We restored this Esterbrook LJ fountain pen with a new ink sac. No cracks, light wear, strong imprint on top and faded on the bottom. Its steel 1555 Gregg nib was for practitioners of the Gregg hand-writing method. We find it writes a wet, smooth fine line. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3414 Esterbrook SJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 3414: Esterbrook: SJ-1555 Gregg
We often speculate about the history of a pen, and if you click they headline of this Esterbrook SJ pen, you will see an obvious clue. Notice the nib? Its a "Durachrome" 1555 Gregg nib. Gregg was a handwriting method back in the day. This pen was designed specifically for use by secretaries, journalists and other serious daily writers using the Gregg handwriting system. Esterbrook J-series pens were among the most popular of the 1950s, teaching an entire generation how to write with an ink pen. We think of the SJ designation as "Short J-model" as opposed to the regular J and LJ, "Long" J. We restored this crack-free pen with a new ink sac. Light wear from daily use. Its steel nib writes a medium-broad line with some feedback. 12.5cm capped. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3405 Esterbrook LJ Icicle?
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 3405: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle?
What is it? We aren't sure. We are certain it is an Esterbrook, which is imprinted on the clip and barrel. However, it looks like a LJ...but it also looks like it came after the LJ series was done. It has an icicle-like pattern on cheaper plastic. We restored it with a new ink sac. Cosmetically, it only has light to moderate wear. HOWEVER, the threads on the barrel don't engage the cap. YET, the cap slips on snuggly. On the plus, side you get an upgraded 9555 nib, which was advertised as being for shorthand. It writes a very firm, smooth, extra-fine line. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3169 Esterbrook 444 Dipless Pen
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 3169: Esterbrook: 444 Dipless Pen
Give your bed-and-breakfast, church or small business a classic vibe with a dip pen to sign the register. The pen is called "dipless" because its holder is an inkwell, and you have to dip it less because it always rests in ink. The dip/holder is an inkwell that keeps the pen wet and ready to fill out a check or other brief writing experience. The glass base is New Old Stock. The black cover has its original price sticker. It has not seen ink, as the instructions are still under the black part, which you must pry off to fill. The pen is dip only, and it comes complete with an upgraded 2968 nib, which we haven't dipped as it also appears to be NOS. Click the headline for a close-up photo. Complete with original box and instructions!
Vintage Pens: 2895 Esterbrook Cracked Ice Light Ivory
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $799.99
Vintage Pens: 2895: Esterbrook: Cracked Ice Light Ivory
Esterbrook fans can really geek out on this gorgeous pen and pencil SET! Yep. It is nearly a perfect Esterbrook Cracked Ice Dollar Pen in "light ivory." No actual cracks. It is stunning. Fully restored with a new ink sac, its only flaws are nearly invisible to the eye. However, you can feel some light scratches and shallow chew marks near the tail. The only discoloration appears to be a little ink staining that got between the inner cap and outer cap. The pencil is in perfect working order with a 1.1mm lead and a hardened eraser under the tail cap. The fountain pen's nib is the older, rarer 3000 series! It is a 3556 Osmiridium Tip that is a little wonky in the photo and scratchy, but it is so rare that it is worth taking to a better nib meister than us. Click the headline for close-ups.
Vintage Pens: 2898 Esterbrook Deep V-Clip Slender A
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 2898: Esterbrook: Deep V-Clip Slender A
So many rarities for one vintage pen! Our Esterbrook Deep V-Clip pen is pretty easy to spot, with that clip which was only made between 1930 and 1935. This is the Slender A model of the pen. It has been fully restored with a new ink sac, but we think you're going to flip your lid for its really rare Art Deco designed 3556 nib! Click the headline for a close up. Any 3000 series nib is really impressive. This one writes a very nice extra-fine line. Extra-fine fans will likely say it is pretty smooth for an extra fine, but there is a hint of feedback if you aren't used to extra fines. Light to moderate wear in places. A really clean imprint. 12.1cm capped.
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