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Vintage Pens: 2809 Esterbrook SJ--Grey Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2809: Esterbrook: SJ--Grey Icicle
Esterbrook pens hold a special place in the hearts of Americans who grew up in the 1950s. Preferred, and even demanded, by many high schools and professional schools, these pens taught the Baby Boomers how to write with a fountain pen. Our Esterbrook SJ-Icicle in grey is in nearly perfect condition. There are no cracks, dents or serious cosmetic problems. It even has a strong imprint! We restored this pen with a fresh ink sac. An upgraded 9550 nib graces this vintage pen, as it writes a nice fine line with a light touch. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2811 Esterbrook SJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 2811: Esterbrook: SJ-1551
Esterbrook pens taught an entire generation of Americans how to write with an ink pen. Baby Boomers were often mandated by their high school teachers, stenography teachers and journalism instructors to use this brand that was bother affordable and easy to modify with interchangeable, screw-in nibs. Our rarer copper-colored Esterbrook SJ model is the shortest of the 3 J-series pens. Luckily, good things come in small packages! Hardly any wear shows on this pen that also has a good clean imprint. We restored it with a new ink sac. The steel 1551 nib was advertised as a "student" nib. It writes a smooth medium line in its sweet spot range but can grab at the paper a little on some ascenders and descenders. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2767 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2767: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-2556
Vintage pen fans are always on the prowl for a great red pen, as it was universally the rarest color of most pen lines. This is not only a rare Esterbrook Icicle pen, it is a red one. Better yet, it has an imprint that wraps around the barrel instead of running up and done it lengthwise. No cracks. Fresh ink sac. BUT, look closely and you might notice something substantially out of place. Check out the lever. It has serious brassing, and we aren't aware of Esterbrook every using brass parts. It fits perfectly and works well, but we suspect it was cannibalized from a different pen. ALSO, the section looks too small, as if it came from an Esterbrook Purse Pen. The inside friction-fitting part of the section has definitely been shaved for a good fit. The pen works well, and the steel 2556 upgrade nib writes a very dry, extra-fine line that has a little feedback. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2766 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2766: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Copper is one of the most sought after Esterbrook colors, and now we have an Esterbrook Icicle in copper! New Old Stock, you can see it comes with its original sticker. It has been restored with a fresh ink sac and is ready for display or use. If you look closely there is a tiny bit of schmutz just below the sticker around the cap band that won't come off. The rest of the pen is immaculate. The imprint is clear but a little weak on the bottom. It comes with the steel 1555 Gregg nib that was intended for use with the Gregg handwriting method that was popular in business at the time. This particular nib writes a Japanese extra-fine line with surprisingly little feedback. It has a touch but not much. This is an LJ model, which is long and slender. (We incorrectly used to ID the LJ's as short. We had gotten some bad info early on. Sorry.) 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2765 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2765: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Green was the only color to vary from the regular Esterbrook J-series to the Icicle models. Our Esterbrook LJ Icicle comes in a brilliant emerald green. It is New Old Stock with its original cap sticker and now ink on the inner cap! It has been restored with a fresh ink sac. The section is a little loose. If you like, we can add a drop of sac shellac to seal it up, but some people don't like that as it might one day damage the pen. There's only a little light wear on the pen, nothing serious. Great imprint. A seemingly unused 1555 Gregg nib writes a remarkably smooth extra-fine to fine line. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2764 Esterbrook LJ Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2764: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle
Seemingly straight from the Esterbrook factory in New Jersey is this new old stock Esterbrook LJ Icicle. This is the first grey Icicle model we've ever carried, and it is practically flawless. It has a new ink sac, no cracks AND the inner cap is entirely free of ink. The cap has its original sticker, which you can see when you click the headline. Crisp, clean imprint. Just a little light surface wear from being on this earth for the past 60-odd years, but nothing to get excited about. It comes with a steel 2668 nib that writes a nice extra-fine to fine line. Due to an incorrect article we read years ago, we've only recently learned that these LJ models are the long skinny ones and the SJ are the short models. This is the long and skinny at 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2759 Esterbrook Deep V-Clip
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $175.00
Vintage Pens: 2759: Esterbrook: Deep V-Clip
Dig deep to the roots of Esterbrook fountain pens with a very early black hard rubber Esterbrook V-Clip. Famous for their beautifully lustrous and vibrant celluloids, it is almost hard to believe Esterbrook had production line, non-dip black hard rubber pens. Yet, here's the proof. No cracks, but it does have a couple small but obvious scratches on the cap and barrel. The imprint is clean. You can see the chocolate hazing in the photo. Fully restored, this vintage pen comes with a fresh ink sac. Its early steel 1554 Gregg nib looks as if it was filed down to an oblique stub. It writes a smooth medium with variation at a very low angle of attack, but it isn't forgiving if you change hand positions. 12.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2755 Esterbrook Cracked Ice
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $599.99
Vintage Pens: 2755: Esterbrook: Cracked Ice
Among the hardest-to-find Esterbrook pens is the famed Esterbrook Cracked Ice design from the 1930s until about 1941. We found one. This particular model has been officially referred to as both green AND blue, but not blue-green. Just as stunning as the design is the fact it is in such pristine condition, with only the slightest trace of discoloration near the threads on the barrel. Click the headline for a close-up. You can easily get lost in the nooks and crannies of such vibrant early plastics. It has no cracks and minimal wear. It was restored with a fresh ink sac. The original steel 9668 nib writes a very nice fine line with only a faint hint of feedback. Wider bodied like a J-model. 12.1cm capped.
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