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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: 3154 Esterbrook J-9668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
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Vintage Pens: 3154: Esterbrook: J-9668
Was there ever a more colorful, convenient and customizable fountain pen of the vintage pen era? Esterbrook pens taught an entire generation of Baby Boomers how to write with an "ink pen." It was among the most requested pens by high schools and business schools because it was affordable, reliable and easily altered with myriad nibs that screwed in and out for various jobs. We restored this Esterbrook J-model pen with a new ink sac. J-model pens were the largest of the Esterbrook line with regard to width/girth. This makes for easier long-term gripping. The steel 9668 nib was considered an upgrade nib and advertised as a medium "general writing" nib. We find this one writes more like a firm but smooth-enough fine point, with possible medium tendencies. The sapphire blue shines through the light to moderate wear. No cracks or deep scratches are to be found. Good imprint. The clip isn't 100% flat against the side of the cap. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3153 Esterbrook J-1550
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 3153: Esterbrook: J-1550
Ho ho ho! Our jolly red Esterbrook J-1550 fountain pen is one elf of a vintage pen. We restored it with a new ink sac. J-model Esterbrooks were the widest bodied Esterbrook of the era. It is a little easier to grip for longer periods without cramping. The great part about Esties is that the nibs unscrew and are interchangeable. This one comes with a steel 1550 nib, which was advertised as an extra-fine "bookkeeping" nib. We find that it writes a surprisingly smooth extra-fine line for a stiff steel nib. The pen does have some wear, although there are no cracks. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3091 Esterbrook J-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
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Vintage Pens: 3091: Esterbrook: J-2556
The big daddy of the Esterbrook pen line in the 1950s was the Esterbrook J-model fountain pen. Not the longest pen, it was the widest pen in series, which is easier for gripping without cramping. Our vintage pen is pretty heavily worn. The steel nib looks a little rough, but it writes an amazingly smooth fine line for a steel 2000-series nib. The cap and barrel show plenty of wear. Spinning is what the clip seems to do best. It also rests without a tight grip on a shirt pocket. Click the headline for close ups. No cracks, at least. We replaced the ink sac, and it is ready for a lot of loyal service. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3058 Esterbrook Nurse’s Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $99.99
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Vintage Pens: 3058: Esterbrook: Nurse’s Pen
Nurses are some of the hardest working people in any hospital, and it is only right they get a pen dedicated to them. This is the Esterbrook Nurse's Pen, specifically made to match their uniforms in the 1950s. Our vintage pen is fully restored and in great condition. The ink sac is fresh. There are no cracks. It has a little wear, which is to be expected. The barrel has discolored to more of an ivory color, while the cap is still a truer white. Tightly affixed to the cap is the clip, and both black jewels are in good condition. Its nib is an upgraded 9556. It was originally advertised as being for smooth fine writing. We find that it to be more of a firm but smooth extra fine. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3059 Esterbrook Nurse’s Pencil
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $75.00
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Vintage Pens: 3059: Esterbrook: Nurse’s Pencil
Esterbrook always catered to consumers who worked hard for a living. This Esterbrook Nurse's pencil is another great example. It is an early click-pencil that works well and uses a 1.1mm lead. It is a rare white design with a black tail jewel and marketed specifically to nurses, as the color would match their uniforms in the 1950s. No cracks and just a little wear. The imprint is strong on the top half and weak/worn on the bottom half. Includes extra leads and a hardened original eraser. The color looks whiter in real life, as it is difficult to get the white balance right on the photo without taking away all of the details on the pen. 12.4cm.
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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