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Vintage Pens: 2811 Esterbrook SJ-1551
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2811: Esterbrook: SJ-1551
Esterbrook pens taught an entire generation of Americans how to write with an ink pen. Baby Boomers were often mandated by their high school teachers, stenography teachers and journalism instructors to use this brand that was bother affordable and easy to modify with interchangeable, screw-in nibs. Our rarer copper-colored Esterbrook SJ model is the shortest of the 3 J-series pens. Luckily, good things come in small packages! Hardly any wear shows on this pen that also has a good clean imprint. We restored it with a new ink sac. The steel 1551 nib was advertised as a "student" nib. It writes a smooth medium line in its sweet spot range but can grab at the paper a little on some ascenders and descenders. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2810 Esterbrook Transition
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2810: Esterbrook: Transition
As Esterbrook switched from the Dollar Pen to the J-models, they had a brief run of pens with the new caps and flat-tailed bodies. These vintage pens from the 1940s are known as Esterbrook Transition pens. This candied red model is a shorter size, similar to the SJ model soon to come. Fully restored, it sports a new ink sac. No cracks blemish this classic writing instrument. It has a only minor wear and a little chocolate hazing on the section. The stainless steel nib is a 1555 Gregg nib, which was designed for practitioners of the Gregg shorthand method! One might safely assume this pen once belonged to a stenographer, secretary or journalist. It writes a surprisingly nice fine line for a 1000 series nib, with only a little feedback. 11.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2806 Parker Jotter
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 2806: Parker: Jotter
Ballpoint pens weren't invented in 1954, but that was the year they were finally perfected. Parker Jotter ballpoint pens were released that year to great fanfare. Cap-free and clickable, the most important part of this pen was its long-lasting, convenient refill. How successful was it? That refill and the Parker Jotter are still being made today! More than that, most major pen manufacturers have adopted the Parker ballpoint refill for their own pens! Our first-year Parker Jotter comes in one of the rarest colors: marine blue. Closer to turquoise, marine blue was the name Parker gave the color. Its barrel is ribbed and the inverted "V" clip are hallmarks of all first-year pens. There are no cracks, but there is a little wear from use. The refill is fairly recent and working. 12.7cm.
Vintage Pens: 2803 Esterbrook J-9284
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2803: Esterbrook: J-9284
We're just "Signature Stub" crazy these days! Enjoy this rare steel upgraded 9284 nib on the most popular pen of the 1950s...the Esterbrook J model. Full Esterbrook J's were the widest bodied pen of the Esterbrook line. Our's is a fully restored sapphire blue model. This vintage pen might look on your screen to be two distinctly different blues, but in real life they are only a little more than a shade different. Possibly married. Everything fits very nicely and works well. We installed a new ink sac. The nib is geared more for right-handed people, and it writes a reasonably smoothly with great line variation. No cracks, only light wear. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2802 Esterbrook Dollar Pen-9284
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 2802: Esterbrook: Dollar Pen-9284
Stand back. We've got one heckuva Esterbrook Dollar Pen. It is the rarer copper colored version with an even rarer 9284 "Signature Stub" nib! We restored it with new ink sac. The pen has some light wear but no cracks. There's what looks like a drop of clear glue to the right of the lever, but we don't think anyone will notice at writing distance or farther. The imprint is a little faded, but you can read the entire imprint at the correct angle. Speaking of angles, the original 9284 nib is angled more for right-handed folks. It writes a smooth, juicy signature stubby way. We love it. Click the headline for a close-up. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2801 Esterbrook 444 Dip-Less Pen
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2801: Esterbrook: 444 Dip-Less Pen
Give your bed-and-breakfast, church or small business a classic vibe with a dip pen to sign the register. We aren't sure why the Esterbrook 444 desk well set-up was called "dip-less," when it was still a dip pen. However, the dip/holder is an inkwell that keeps the pen wet and ready to fill out a check or other brief writing experience. The glass base is cleaned and has a cork bottom. The black, hard-rubber plate/cover has shallow but obvious wear from past cleanings and such. The photo doesn't show all the mini scratches, but there are lots when you look close. The pen is dip only, and it comes complete with an upgraded 9668 nib that writes a smooth fine-medium line. Complete with original box and instructions!
Vintage Pens: 2797 Wearever Combo
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $19.99
Vintage Pens: 2797: Wearever: Combo
Combo pens were all the rage in the 1930s and '40s. A pencil on one end and a fountain pen on the other, it was a great novelty with real-world functionality. Wearever was the #1 pen company in the U.S. with regard to sales volume. They flooded the dime-store market with tons of very inexpensive writing instruments. They used beautiful but cheap plastics and steel nibs...that were sometimes plated in gold or gold-looking materials. We restored this combo's fountain pen with a new ink sac. It still has a working 1.1mm pencil, complete with a lead that advances and retracts. We love the fluidity of the white ribbon floating through the emerald green plastic. Its once golden metals are all showing wear and missing plating. The steel nib is losing its plating and writes a wet stub-like line. It is so wet, flow doesn't always keep up. But it is fun enough to play with for the price. 15cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2796 Wahl-Eversharp Skyline
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 2796: Wahl-Eversharp: Skyline
Stop to think about it for a second. The nation was barely recovering from a cataclysmic financial crisis and diving into the most horrendous war the world had ever seen...and people still had the wherewithal to design a kick-ass art deco fountain pen. Eversharp Skyline pens are head-turners that are among the most aerodynamic looking vintage pens ever made. They also were designed with aviation in mind! They were advertised as being leak-proof on flights. The breather tube in them doesn't work as well as hoped at equalizing pressure in the pen, but they were trying. This one is restored with a new ink sac. It is burgundy and has above-average wear, a dent, no cracks and a little brassing. The 14k gold nib writes a nice extra-fine line. It also lifts a little off the feed if you use too much pressure, but it fits in position with a touch of top pressure. 12.5cm capped.
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