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Vintage Pens: 4794 Esterbrook SJ-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 4794: Esterbrook: SJ-2556
One of the most popular fountain pens of the 1950s was the Esterbrook J-series line of pens. Required by many high schools and trade schools, these steel-nibbed beauties helped to teach the Baby Boomer generation how to write with an "ink pen." We restored this shorter Esterbrook SJ model with a new ink sac. It is quite possibly a married pen, as the cap is a shade or two darker than the barrel. Its 2556 nib is considered an upgrade nib. You will write a fine line with a little feedback with this nib. The nib has a lot of pock-marked damage around the breather hole, which is clear in the photos. Click the headline for close-ups. The pen also has light to moderate wear from use. The best part about these pens is how easily customized they are. You unscrew the nib to replace it with one of three dozen point sizes! 11.8cm capped.
Pencil: 4658 Esterbrook J-Series
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $19.99
Pencil: 4658: Esterbrook: J-Series
Perfect for autumnal mathematicians, crossword puzzlers and sudoku lovers is this 1950s Esterbrook mechanical pencil in a coppery color. This is an early click pencil that uses .9mm leads. No cracks and only light wear, it looks barely used. You will find with clicks smoothly. Plus, there are spare leads in the tail and a hardened original eraser under the tail cap. 12.3cm.
Vintage Pens: 4654 Esterbrook Transition
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler   Fountain Pen Nib Size: O
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 4654: Esterbrook: Transition
Unique Esterbrooks are especially fun pens. We hope you get a big kick out of this Esterbrook Transition fountain pen for both its history and its nib. In the late 1940s when Esterbrook was transitioning from its Dollar Pens to J-model pens, it had a lot of leftover Dollar Pen barrels. Instead of letting them go to waste, the company simply paired the old barrels with the new J-model caps! The cap on this pen has a non-traditional 3-line black plastic jewel. All the more fun and fascinating is that this pen comes with a rare oblique 2314-M nib! When you find the sweet spot, it is a smooth nib with a stub quality meant for right-handed people to make their writing really pop! Click the headline for a close-up. 12.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4503 Esterbrook M2 Set
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 4503: Esterbrook: M2 Set
Esterbrook picked up the popular aerometric filling system started by Parker in the 1950s. Our Esterbrook M2 is new old stock from 1958. It is a red pen-and-pencil set, and the pen still has its pricing sticker. Unfortunately, these caps have an unfortunate habit of splitting. The fountain pen has a 3/4-inch split from the lip just to the left of the clip. The rest of the pen is in mint condition with a working ink sac. Instructions on the filler say it fills in three squeezes. Its steel 1555 Gregg nib writes a surprisingly smooth extra fine line. Its matching pencil is likewise in mint condition without a split in the cap. Twist the tail cap to advance and retract its .9mm lead. Pen measures 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4375 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 4375: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen
Esterbrook Dollar Pens are always a little bit of a rare treat, but check out the rare triple-incised bands at the bottom of the cap. Click the headline for a close-up. We restored this pen with a new ink sac. The outside of the cap and barrel show a little wear from use. No cracks and the clip is on tightly. We missed it initially, but there's a pock mark on the flat tail of the barrel. Cigarette burn? Not sure. You'll write a firm, fine line with its upgraded 9556 nib. These were Esterbrook's top-of-the-line nibs. Of course, if you don't like it, the best part about these pens is that the nibs screw out, and there are at least 3 dozen alternate point sizes to choose from. Plus, this comes with a matching click pencil. Actually, pencil tail cap seems married to the barrel. Works. .9mm lead. Pen measures 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4245 Esterbrook Dollar Pen Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 4245: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen Set
Esterbrooks became a household favorite starting with the Dollar Pen line. Esterbrook Dollar Pens were affordable, easy to maintain and even easier to customize to one's own personal writing experience with cheap and easily replaced nibs. However, there's nothing cheap or ordinary about the steel 3556 nib on this vintage pen. It is a rare sunburst nib from the 3000s' series! These early nibs are very hard to find, and it writes a beautiful fine line that has a little feedback that we don't find distracting at all. A lovely writer. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. No cracks, minimal wear. Strong imprint on this copper-color pen. Its matching pencil is a few shades lighter and is a working click lead-advance systems. It uses and comes with a couple of spare 1.1mm leads. Click the headline for close-ups. No eraser. Pen is the larger size, measuring 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4238 Esterbrook Dollar Pen Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 4238: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen Set
Ruby red Esterbrook Dollar Pens are a little rarer than the other colors. This is the shorter version of the Dollar Pen, but the pencil is the standard "P" model. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. There are no cracks, but it shows some wear from use. Its steel 1550 nib writes an extra-fine line with some feedback. Basically, it is fine enough to be an accountant's nib! The pencil is in better cosmetic condition and works great. An early click pen, it comes with extra 1.1mm leads. No eraser. Pen measures 11.1mm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4235 Esterbrook Dollar Pen Set
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 4235: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen Set
Sunburst nibs are rare treasures for Esterbrook collectors. Click the headline to see a close up of the sunburst 3556 "Osmiridium Tip" nib on our Esterbrook Dollar Pen set. We restored this handsome grey vintage pen with a new ink sac. No cracks, only minor wear from use. Its matching pencil is also on the rare side, as it is an early clicker lead-advance pencil. No eraser, but it has spare 1.1mm leads. Back to the fountain pen, its nib has some loss of luster on the nib. However, the nib writes a nice fine line with a little feedback. Pen measures 12.1cm capped.
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