All Pens and Ephemera

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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.
Pencil: 4661 Sheaffer Titan
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $125.00
Pencil: 4661: Sheaffer: Titan
Sheaffer Titan pencils are the oversized lead-slingers of the Sheaffer line-up in the 1920s. We have one that looks factory fresh in mint or near mint condition. Its jade green is perfect. No dents or scratches. It writes with a 1.1mm lead, and it comes with a barrel full of spares, along with a hardened original eraser. Twist the tail cap to advance and retract the lead. 13.5cm.
Pencil: 4660 Wahl-Eversharp Woodgrain
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $49.99
Pencil: 4660: Wahl-Eversharp: Woodgrain
Can a vintage pencil get a more iconic and classic look than this orange hard rubber Wahl-Eversharp with a woodgrain pattern? This pencil is in close to mint condition. No scratches or blemishes that we can see. It works beautifully, advancing a 1.1mm lead. We hear spare leads in it, but we aren't sure how to access them. The clip and topper are gold-filled, but the nose cone is a silver-steel color. Leads advance but don't retract unless you push it back in. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4671 Conklin Endura Jr.
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 4671: Conklin: Endura Jr.
Conklin was cruising along at the height of its power when it made the Conklin Endura Jr. We especially love this earlier orange hard rubber version with a woodgrain finish. The company soon switched to celluloid. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. The finish on the pen is crack free, but you can see it is a little oxidized. Not hideously so, just a little. Heavy brassing on the cap band, which wasn't uncommon for Conklin. Naturally, the nib remains the soul of the pen. You will write a very smooth fine line with its original 14k gold beauty. A nice widish barrel for a junior model that is only 11.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4710 ?? Newton & Co. ? Sterling Silver
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: pre-1900   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 4710: ?? Newton & Co. ?: Sterling Silver
Click the headline to get this started properly and see the stunningly huge wet-noodle flexy 14k gold nib. Looks like a faded initial or two then "Newton & Co. / New York / No. 5." We've seen other brands size 8 nibs that look smaller than this nib. This vintage dip pen is large and exquisite. Although it isn't marked as such, it appears to have a sterling silver section and hollow barrel. Possibly a pencil was involved with the other end of the nib section, but it is missing and there is a large blemish that is easily seen in the photo. Dents blemish the end of the barrel. Nevertheless, this remains a beautiful 19th century pen. We aren't expert enough to wield it, yet it seems to write a nearly invisible extra-fine to 1mm line. 14.1mm fully extended, 10.3cm closed.
Vintage Pens: 4709 John Holland Fine No. 7
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: SF
Price: $399.99
Vintage Pens: 4709: John Holland: Fine No. 7
Victorian/Edwardian dip pen fans will continue to gush over this red mottled hard rubber No. 7 by John Holland. It is a dynamite hard rubber pen with no cracks. You can see some dark ink staining on one end, but the rest of the vintage pen is pretty amazing. Its huge 14k gold nib is marked "fine," and it has a little flex but it isn't a wet noodle. It has a little feedback as most of these dip nibs do, but it is a treasure for sure. The tail taper is also the cap of the pen. Great for attempting Spencerian script or display. 9.2cm closed.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4615 Aurora Thesi
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $99.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4615: Aurora: Thesi
Italian designers were never ones who felt compelled to stick to standard designs and conventions. The folks at Aurora seemed to reconceptualize the pen when they created the Aurora Thesi. It almost looks like a avant garde cigarette lighter. However, this slender black-and-golden beauty is a click ballpoint pen. You can see the slide clicker on the top horizontal line of the pen in the photo. It comes with a working blue refill, but we do not know how easily replaced these refills are. Light wear on the pen from use. 13.6cm
Pre-Owned Pens: 4614 Aurora Optima
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $149.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4614: Aurora: Optima
The vibrant red of our Aurora Optima ballpoint screams Christmas and St. Valentine's Day. We love the way the light picks up the different flecks of ruby goodness. You will find the pen is in mint or near-mint condition. It comes with a working black Parker-style refill that is easily found everywhere. You advance and retract the refill with a twist of the tail cap. This pre-owned pen makes writing an elegant joy once again. 13cm.
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