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Vintage Pens: 5234 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 5234: Parker: Duofold
It was a big deal when Parker Duofolds switched from hard rubber to a stronger material called "Permanite." This is a nearly perfect senior-sized permanite cap and barrel—only a little wear from use and where the cap makes a ring as it screws to the barrel. Nice deep, crisp, clean imprint that was slightly darkened to make the perfection more visible. Minimal, if any, brassing on the gold-filled trim. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. Click the headline for a close-up of its 14k gold nib. You will write a smooth, firm fine line that just barely lets you feel the paper beneath your hand. Are you on the close-up, yet? You should see a tiny hairline crack sprouting from the breather hole. We can't see it with the naked eye. There's 10-times magnification on this photo to help show it. Also, the nib has some discoloration we can't buff out on the left side of the nib from the breather hole to the left. Nevertheless, it is a great writer that looks sharp. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5232 Sheaffer Stratowriter
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1980-present
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 5232: Sheaffer: Stratowriter
Like it or not, ballpoint pens were taking the world by storm, after World War II. Sheaffer tried to keep up with the times by releasing the Sheaffer Stratowriter. One of the big selling points of a ballpoint in the 1940s was that it didn't leak with the changing air pressure in the cabin on an airplane, and commercial aviation was really taking off. The concept of the stratosphere was on the tip of everybody's tongue, which is undoubtedly what Sheaffer wanted to invoke with this pen...the glamor and romance of air travel. We polished up this vintage pen pretty well, but they no longer make refills for it. The good news is that you can buy widgets online to adapt the pen to use modern Sheaffer ballpoint refills! 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5225 Bag O’ Dips Assorted Dip Pens
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: 1900-1909
Price: $50.00
Vintage Pens: 5225: Bag O’ Dips: Assorted Dip Pens
What do you do when you have a small bag of dip pens that all need help? Put them together and see if anyone wants them. Only 2 of these have gold nibs, and each of those needs work. One is an Aiken Lambert. These all appear to be from around the turn of the last century.
Vintage Pens: 5212 Esterbrook J-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 5212: Esterbrook: J-2668
When it comes to core basics, the Esterbrook J-model pens are spot on. Heavily requested by high schools and other institutions for their wide range of nib options and affordable, Esterbrook taught Americans how to write in the 1950s. Our black vintage pen has seen many years of loving use. It has a fair degree of wear, which is obvious in the photos. There's a stable hairline crack in the threads of the barrel, but the section feels good and tight. This classic pen has been restored with a new ink sac. Its steel 2668 nib was marketed as an upgrade for "general writing" with a medium tip. We find this one writes smoothly for a steel nib and with more of a fine point than medium. The pocket clip has a slight jiggle, but it doesn't spin around the cap. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5185 Conklin Endura
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $49.99
Vintage Pens: 5185: Conklin: Endura
Here's to the person out there who found an empty Conklin Endura desk pen base in an antique store years ago looking for its missing mate. We offer a lovely lapis Conklin Endura desk pen that has been fully restored with a new ink sac. Click the headline for close-ups. It is hard to miss some discoloration and cosmetic damage, but it can still be a dedicated daily driver as a piece of your desk's hardware. You will write a true extra-fine line with its firm, 14k gold nib. In our hands, it feels as if there is a very nice weight and balance in this long-tapered desk pen. It is easy to see why these pens were so popular in the 1920s and '30s. We wish we had the right base for it, but we don't. 20.5cm.
Vintage Pens: 5171 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 5171: Parker: Duofold
A Duofold or not a Duofold? That is the question. Buuuut, a Duofold by any other name is still a Duofold. Sorry to get so Shakespearian on you as we sort out this classic Parker desk pen. It looks just like a Parker Duofold desk pen, but the imprint doesn't call it a Duofold, only "Geo. S. Parker—PARKER—Made in U.S.A." Either way, it has a beautiful black-and-pearl design with comparatively little discoloration. We restored this pen with a new ink sac. You fill it with a button filler, as with any other Duofold. Click the headline for a close-up. You will write a nice extra-fine line with its 14k gold nib. The barrel and taper have wear from use but no cracks nor any deep scratches. The taper looks a little warped. Its golden taper ring is misshapen. The ring has the potential for falling off while refilling. This vintage pen is more of a junior size width. 18.6cm. Base is missing.
Vintage Pens: 5163 Sheaffer Autograph
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949   Fountain Pen Nib Size: B
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 5163: Sheaffer: Autograph
If you wanted to show you were a big deal in the 1940s office environment, you'd own a Sheaffer Autograph. More than a standard high-end Triumph fountain pen, this pen came with a solid 14k gold band that was extra wide. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. It was engraved with the initials B.R. A great signature pen, you will find this pen comes with a juicy, smooth broad nib made of 14k gold. No dents, cracks nor deep scratches! Just light surface wear, except for one very little circular mark just below the lip of the cap on the barrel of the pen. Click the headline for a close-up of the pen and nib. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5159 Parker Lucky Curve
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1910-1919   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 5159: Parker: Lucky Curve
Parker advanced the efficiency and ease of using fountain pens when it created the Lucky Curve inkfeed. This is an early Parker Lucky Curve button filler from the very early 20th century. Click the headline for close-ups of the pen and nib. Notice the pen still has a slip cap and significant chocolate hazing of the black hard rubber (ebonite). We have not attempted to restore this pen. Notice how the threads of the blind cap by the button are missing. We feel that this rare older pen is likely too fragile to properly disassemble and put back together. Its 14k gold nib is a beautiful number 2 size that writes a very smooth medium line with a little flex. It also appears to have an early inkfeed. The pocket clip is an aftermarket clip made by the Rexall pharmacies. Slender and 14.1cm capped.
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