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Vintage Pens: 3406 Sheaffer Admiral
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $125.00
Vintage Pens: 3406: Sheaffer: Admiral
To combat the whining and complaining of a public rapidly converting to ballpoint pens so they wouldn't have ink-stained fingers from wiping off their freshly refilled fountain pens, Sheaffer when hard to work making an ingeniously overengineered mess-free filling system called the Snorkel. Originally released in 1952, these pens were Sheaffer's top sellers in the 1950s. Our fully restored Sheaffer Admiral is particularly unique because is is the fairly rare tan-pink color known as "Buckskin." (Remember this is the decade of Davy Crockett movies and westerns.) Click the headline to see the other rarity...a nib stamped with a "52." We have never seen such an imprint. The "M2" signifies a finer grade of medium. If 52 was to signify its year of production, the snorkel is made of steel, not 14k gold like the first year pens were equipped. New ink sac, O-ring and point seal. The nib writes a nice, firm, wet medium line. No cracks, strong imprint. Excellent condition. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3409 Sheaffer Saratoga
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 3409: Sheaffer: Saratoga
File this one as "Nobody's Perfect." We restored this delightful Sheaffer Saratoga snorkel fountain pen from the 1950s with a new ink sac, point seal and O-ring. However, it has some serious cosmetic flaws, including a crack the cap that is about an inch long from the cap band up. It is really difficult to see in a photo, but it is there. The good news is that it seems reasonably stable. Thus, this pen is a great, affordable starter snorkel for anyone who wants to experience the awesomest over-complicated filling system ever made. It works perfectly well, even if it has cosmetic flaws. The 14k gold nib is marked F3 (Sheaffer's code for a middle of the pack fine line) that we find writes a very firm extra-fine line. The firmness might feel like feedback to some people, but it is more the nature of the nib than true scratchiness. Click the headline for a close-up. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3400 Sheaffer Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $59.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 3400: Sheaffer: Balance
Green marbling in celluloid looks fantastic in a Sheaffer Balance. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac, and it is ready to be a warrior on your desk. Although it is ready for plenty of action, this classic fountain pen has more than its fair share of use from a lifetime of reliable service. Click the headline for close-ups, and you will see a ton of brassing on the metal trim. You'll also see a lot of wear on the cap and barrel. The cap lip is uneven and shaved down a little in front. Its two-ton 14k gold nib is missing much of its two ton. However the original nib writes a nice, firm extra-fine line with feedback. Great for daily use and travel. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3403 Esterbrook J-9556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 3403: Esterbrook: J-9556
Requested by more schools than any other pen of the 1950s, Esterbrook was ideal for Baby Boomers how to write with an ink pen. It was also ideal for teaching stenographers, secretaries and journalists shorthand! Colorful, affordable and easily customized...what's not to love?! Our Esterbrook J model fountain pen was the largest size offered by the company. We love its copper color. You won't find a crack on the pen, which we restored with a new ink sac. In fact, you'll barely find any trace of wear. The imprint is strong, and the end jewels are complete. It comes with an upgraded steel 9556 nib. Originally advertised for "fine writing," we find it writes a firm, fine line. Of course, the best part about Esterbrook pens is that all the nibs unscrew for easy, customizable replacements! 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1664 Conklin 75
Filling Mechanism: Crescent Filler
Era: 1910-1919
Price: $499.99
Vintage Pens: 1664: Conklin: 75
Mark Twain called the Conklin Crescent line of fountain pens a profanity saver, as the pens wouldn't roll off his desk. Our Conklin Crescent 75 was the granddaddy of the Crescent line. It is freakin' huge with the largest monster of a 14k gold size 7 nib we've ever seen! Click the headline for close-up of the nib and the cap band with a Freemason's symbol. We restored this black-chased-hard-rubber pen with a tanker of a new ink sac. Given the 1918 patent mark on the clip, we suspect this pen was made in the late teens or early 1920s. You won't find any cracks in the rubber. Its chasing is faded and there is chocolate hazing, but the pen is in excellent condition. True, the trim has a little brassing, but it shouldn't be too distracting. You will LOVE the semi-flex to flex nib! 14.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3405 Esterbrook LJ Icicle?
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 3405: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle?
What is it? We aren't sure. We are certain it is an Esterbrook, which is imprinted on the clip and barrel. However, it looks like a LJ...but it also looks like it came after the LJ series was done. It has an icicle-like pattern on cheaper plastic. We restored it with a new ink sac. Cosmetically, it only has light to moderate wear. HOWEVER, the threads on the barrel don't engage the cap. YET, the cap slips on snuggly. On the plus, side you get an upgraded 9555 nib, which was advertised as being for shorthand. It writes a very firm, smooth, extra-fine line. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3404 Esterbrook SJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 3404: Esterbrook: SJ-2668
Enjoy the pen that taught an entire generation of Americans how to write with a fountain pen. Esterbrook pens were the #1 requested pens by most high schools and trade schools. This was because the pens were very affordable and easily customized with dozens of nibs for many different jobs. Our minty green Esterbrook SJ was a well loved pen that saw a ton of use. It was a true warrior and companion to its original owner. Just look at the scars of its service. Click the headline to see close-ups of heavy scratches on the section and ringing the barrel and a single pit by the lever filler. This good news is this pen is fully restored with a new ink sac and is in fantastic condition for carrying on a new mission with you or a new pen collector in your life. Its steel upgrade 2668 nib was advertised as being for "general writing." We find it writes medium line with some feedback, as most steel nibs do. No cracks. Complete jewels. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3402 Esterbrook J Chaplain
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 3402: Esterbrook: J Chaplain
Esterbrook made special pens for the chaplaincy in the 1950s, and this is a rarer full-size J-model version! In the photo you can see the filled-in imprint of the cross. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. No cracks or deep scratches bespoil the finish of this pen. It has wear from use, but it is a good looking pen. Both end jewels are complete. The nib is an upgraded steel 2668, which was originally advertised as being for "general writing." We find it writes a surprisingly smooth fine line. 12.8cm capped.
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