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Vintage Pens: 3930 Sheaffer Valiant
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 3930: Sheaffer: Valiant
Sheaffer launched a new filling system in 1949 called the TouchDown filler. It was a pneumatic filler that used air pressure to empty and fill a rubber ink sac inside the pen. Our Sheaffer Valiant TM (Thin Model) is one such TouchDown-filling vintage pen from the very early 1950s. It has been restored with a new ink sac and O-ring. Just unscrew the tail blind cap counterclockwise and pull back to prime the pen. It is the down stroke that fills the pen, even if that might seem counter-intuitive. There's a little ink viewing window to let you know if it is almost empty. It is ambered, but you can still see through it. The pen has some wear from use, but nothing that is hideous, especially if you plan to make it a daily driver. Its firm conical nib made of 14k gold writes a fine line with a little feedback. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4013 Waterman 452
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $750.00
Vintage Pens: 4013: Waterman: 452
Hand-engraved sterling silver Waterman's fountain pens are true treasures, especially when paired with a FLEXI 14k gold nib that writes extra fine to about 1.25cm. Shading closer to semi-flex, this classic #2 nib isn't a wet noodle. Nevertheless, it is a smooth treat with which to write. We are selling this pen on behalf of the brilliant pen-repair tool designer Stuart Hawkinson, and he calls the engraving on the barrel and cap "floral vine." The sleeves of the cap and barrel are marked sterling and show no dents and minimal wear. There are no initials in the window left on the barrel. The pen is fully restored with a new ink sac. BUT WAIT, there's more! You get the matching pencil that still works, too! It comes loaded with a 1.1mm lead that entends but doesn't necessarily retract with the mechanism that does retract. Our favorite detail is that the pocket clips are also engraved! Pen measures 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4014 Conklin Glider
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 4014: Conklin: Glider
Own a piece of a scandal. When the venerable Conklin Pen Co. got bought out and moved to Chicago in 1938, it is rumored to have become a shell company for the mob. A couple of people have made potentially loose connections to that rumor but nothing is concrete. This Conklin Glider was around the cusp of 1940. You see great use of celluloids for the pen like this green one, but their quality control degraded sharply from their earlier days. We hope we have saved this pen, but we aren't sure. The clip, lever and lever wire are severely rusted. We cleaned as much of it up as we could and installed a new ink sac. It has a nice, smooth 14k gold nib that writes a fine line. Unfortunately, we don't know how long the lever wire and lever or clip will hold out. Discounted and sold as is, no returns. Good for first inexpensive experiment into vintage pens or good for parts to repair a better vintage Glider. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4009 Waterman 12
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1910-1919   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 4009: Waterman: 12
It's always something. This woodgrain Waterman 12 is almost completely perfect, but its tiniest flaw is its largest. It is missing the tipping on one of the nib tines. Otherwise, this pen is practically museum perfect. No cracks in the orange hard rubber. Clean, easy-to-read imprints. Click the headline to see close-up photos. You can see the cap's 1898 patent date. Although you can't write with the nib until you get it re-tipped, it has some very nice flex. (Sorry, if we knew how to re-tip a nib we'd have done it.) Minimal wear on the pen. There's a little darker spot where the slip cap covers the section and barrel. The section unscrews easily to fill with an eyedropper. Soooo close to perfection, and yet so far. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4004 Waterman 52
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 4004: Waterman: 52
Ride the wave of ripples down this orange hard rubber New Old Stock Waterman 52 pencil. Aside from a little tarnish, it remains in factory-new cosmetic condition, with a price sticker still attached. Unfortunately, the printing on that sticker has pretty well worn out. Twist the nose cone to advance the lead, but the lead doesn't seem to retract on its own...although the mechanism inside does retract when the nose cone is twisted in the opposite direction. Unscrew the blind cap on the tail to reveal a petrified eraser and a lead carrying tube that still has leads in it. The pencil uses 1.1mm lead. 14.1cm.
Vintage Pens: 3978 Parker 61
Filling Mechanism: Capillary
Era: 1960-1979   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 3978: Parker: 61
We don't normally showcase a vintage pen fully disassembled, but we wanted to show off this Parker 61 that looks as if it is somewhat new old stock. We thought it was a daily user be cause it had several cracks in the barrel and the hood was missing a chip near the nib. When we tried unscrewing the barrel the hood unscrewed and revealed a pristine ink collector. As it had so much damage we already were selling it for parts, but maybe it is in better shape than we credited it...at least the parts are. Includes an original 14k gold nib that looks fine but we didn't want to dip it and mess up the ink collector. Click the headline for a close-up of this vintage pen. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3996 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 3996: Sheaffer: Balance
It is difficult to find a jade Sheaffer Balance set that isn't mostly discolored, but we think you are going to like this fully restored vintage pen and pencil. Click the headline for close-ups. The pen is two or three thin shades browner than the pencil, but you still see mostly green. Crisp imprint and no cracks. The clip shows brassing on the top, hump and ball. There's a little brassing on the cap band, too. It has a new ink sac. Its 14k gold Lifetime nib writes a very nice extra-fine line with only a little feedback. The pencil is a larger model pencil than we normally see. It looks to be in mint condition with a working refill that still advances and retracts with ease. There's a spare 1.1mm lead under the old, hardened eraser. Pen measures 14.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3995 Sheaffer Milady Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 3995: Sheaffer: Milady Balance
As far as rose glow Sheaffers go, this is one of the rose glowiest we've seen. Rotate this Sheaffer Milady Balance set under a strong light and you'll see a great diversity of shadings between dusty pink and an almost burgundy pink, as well as delightful runs of grey in the rare celluloid. The fountain pen sports a new ink sac, and you can still see through the slightly clouded viewing window. No cracks, a spot of brassing on the cap band and just a little bit of wear from use. A nice crisp imprint on the pen and pencil. The pencil has some deeper nicks on the cap, but they are really hard to see unless intentionally looking for them. No brassing or cracks. Plus, the 1.1mm pencil works well, has extra leads and a hardened eraser under the cap. You'll write a fine line with a little feedback AND a little flex with the 14k gold nib. Slender pen measures 12.2cm capped.
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