All Pens and Ephemera

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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.
Vintage Pens: 4708 Hick’s LeRoy W Fairchild
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: pre-1900   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 4708: Hick’s: LeRoy W Fairchild
William S. Hicks Gold Pen Co. got its start in 1857. This dual dip pen and pencil has an 1867 patent mark. It is a lovely Victorian pen. The barrel sports some kind of black lacquer over a diamond pattern. We assume (potentially wrongly) that the barrel is made of brass with gold-filled ends. The section could very well be made of gold and has an identical pattern as the barrel. However, the section is stamped with the maker name of "L.W. Fairchild & Co." (The bottom of the L is a weak imprint and looks like a T.) The large No. 6 14k gold nib is marked LeRoy W Fairchild. It is a fantastic Spencerian nib that writes fine to 2mm with plenty of flex! Click the headline for close-ups. We don't know if the pencil still works, but the tube still extends and retracts. Minimal wear on the pen and its pieces, possibly some brassing or stubborn tarnish. Look closely at the nib stand-alone photo. There might be the start of a crack in the bottom or left shoulder of the nib. 9.5cm closed.
Vintage Pens: 4707 Sheaffer Lifetime Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 4707: Sheaffer: Lifetime Desk Pen
Perhaps you are all about that base but lack the proper desk pen. Hopefully, we can help with this Sheaffer Lifetime fountain pen from the late 1920s or early 1930s. We restored it with a new ink sac. Click the headline to see close-ups. If the focus on the pen looks a little soft, that is actually just how the pen looks. It has a lot of light wear that seems to have effected its luster. We really like the two-tone 14k gold nib's look. It writes a dry, extra-fine line with a little feedback. 20.6cm with taper.
Vintage Pens: 1075 Sheaffer Crest
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 1075: Sheaffer: Crest
Sheaffer Crest fountain pens are easily identified by their gold-filled caps on normal Sheaffer Snorkel pens. This vintage pen sports a nice pastel green barrel. We have fully restored it with a new ink sac, O-ring and snorkel gasket. The snorkel itself is a rare 14k gold tube, which means this is a first-year pen from 1952. Just wait until you write with it. Its two-tone 14k gold nib writes a super-smooth, medium line. There's only a little wear an light scratching on the body. The cap is free of scratches and dents, except directly under the clip, which is a little off kilter. We fixed an earlier seepage problem, and now it is dry as a bone when resting full of ink. An amazing pen and writer. 14cm capped.
Pre-Owned Pens: 4613 Namiki Pilot Galaxy Vanishing Point Raden
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1980-present   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $449.99
Pre-Owned Pens: 4613: Namiki Pilot: Galaxy Vanishing Point Raden
Looking for an out-of-this-world limited edition pen? Try the Namiki Galaxy Vanishing Point (Raden)! You could be looking at a galaxy glittering in the Japanese lacquer, but it is really crushed abalone shells used to recreate the stars in the barrel of this other-worldly fountain pen. You will find this rare pen is in like-new condition without any wear. We think it might have only been filled and written with once or twice. You will write a delightfully smooth medium line with its 18k gold nib. However, as it is a Japanese nib, it might be a little closer to a fine than European medium. Included is its original converter, but we do not have the boxes. 14cm.
Vintage Pens: 0502 Sheaffer 46 Special
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 0502: Sheaffer: 46 Special
Brighten your desk with this jade green Sheaffer 46 Special desk pen set. We restored and used this pen for years, but now it is time to find it a new home. Aesthetically, the jade green is spectacular with a little light brown discoloration at the ends of the pen. Click the headline for a beautiful shot of its 14k gold 46 Special nib. It writes a very smooth fine line, but some people who like Japanese nibs might think it is closer to medium. The pen and taper only have light wear. Its onyx base is chip-free. There are a couple light scuffs on the black trumpet. The pen is a tad loose in the trumpet, but it is a nice looking set together. Click the headline for close-ups. International shipping might cost extra due to the size and weight of the desk base. Pen measures 18.7cm.
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