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Vintage Pens: 6006 Esterbrook J-1461
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 6006: Esterbrook: J-1461
The color match of this married Esterbrook J-model fountain pen looks better in the photo than in real life. The cap is a much deeper red than the barrel. The cap also looks pretty jankety. Nevertheless, there are no cracks and the cap is on tightly. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. We also gave it a new 1461 nib straight out of the box. You will write a firm, extra-fine line with a little feedback. Definitely not a museum piece, but a nice enough daily driver. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 6005 Esterbrook Purse Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 6005: Esterbrook: Purse Pen
Pastels dominated the 1950s' Technicolor landscape, and Esterbrook Purse Pens specialized in those soft colors. This robin's egg blue pen has a great cap and barrel with no cracks but some discoloration. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. The pocket clip is on nice and tight. Click the headline for close-ups. You will see there is a crack in the section near the nib. It is a short crack, and we think we've successfully sealed it with rubber cement. You will write a buttery smooth fine line with an upgraded steel 9556 nib. 11cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5946 Esterbrook CA
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 5946: Esterbrook: CA
Pale blue makes for a handsome Esterbrook CA fountain pen. These were Esterbrook's cartridge-only pens. Unfortunately, there are no Esterbrook cartridges that are officially available. However, we've heard rumor that you can tweak a Sheaffer cartridge into working. No cracks mar the cap or barrel. You will see a little light surface wear, but, overall, the pen is in great shape. It comes with a steel 1551 nib that we find writes a fine-medium line with a little light feedback. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5944 Esterbrook CA
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 5944: Esterbrook: CA
New Old Stock Esterbrook CA fountain pens are not an everyday occurrence. This vintage pen still has its original sticker, and the nib does not show any sign of ink. Depending on how your screen is calibrated, this is definitely a bright orange pen. It is close to day-glo orange. Click the headline for close-ups of the nib and sticker. This is a steel 1555 Gregg nib for the famed Gregg shorthand method. No cracks. No cartridge, either. We don't know a modern cartridge that would fit this. Light wear from rattling around a drawer for 60-odd years. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5943 Esterbrook Phaeton 300
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $29.99
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Vintage Pens: 5943: Esterbrook: Phaeton 300
Esterbrook clearly took some "inspiration" from the Parker 61 when making this vintage pen called the Esterbrook Phaeton 300. The unfortunate part about Esterbrook cartridge pens is that we don't know of any cartridges or converters that fit it. It is a slender pen with moderate wear to its cap and barrel. There are no cracks. You will write a smooth fine-medium line with its golden alloy nib. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5936 Esterbrook J-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 5936: Esterbrook: J-2668
Would the American Automobile Association get more customers today if they handed out free fountain pens with memberships? That would appear to be the story behind this 1950 Esterbrook J-model. Who knows? Maybe it got its kicks in a 4-door Packard rolling down Route 66. It might have rattled around some classic glove compartment given its light wear from use. No cracks, but the cap ring is a tad loose. We restored it with a new ink sac. This vintage pen sports a steel upgrade nib marked 2668. We find it writes a nice extra-fine line with light feedback. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5881 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $125.00
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 5881: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen
For those who hunt the elusive incised cap bands on Esterbrook Dollar pens, here's a great green slender model just for you. This is a sharp vintage pen, which we just restored with a new ink sac. There are no cracks, only a couple scuffs and light wear from use. The chrome cap and lever are in good condition--still shiny. Its nib is a steel 1551 nib that you will find writes a fine line with feedback. Pretty par for the course for steel nibs of the 1940s and '50s. Click the headline for close-ups. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5879 Esterbrook Dollar Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5879: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen
Among the more sought after features on Esterbrook Dollar Pens are the incised cap bands, such as the ones seen on this copper-colored model. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac and are happy to say it is free of cracks. However, that does not mean it is free of cosmetic flaws. Click the headline for a close-up. There's a little divot that you can see is missing from the tail end. Plus, there is general wear all over the cap and barrel. Its chrome parts lack their original luster and we couldn't get them to buff back up to a good shine. One of the highlights is this pen's upgraded 2668 nib, which writes a very smooth fine line. 12.1cm capped.
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