Vintage Pens: 2379 Parker 45
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said that "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." While we agree, so did Parker, when it came to naming conventions. Parker released its most famous pen, the 51, in 1941. The advertising said that it was 10 years ahead of its time. The company released the Parker 45 in 1960, and it was clearly not 15 years behind its time. It actually referenced the Colt .45 revolver (remember Cowboy movies were hot in 1960) which could be loaded with cartridges. This was Parker's first cartridge pen that also used an aerometric style converter. This vintage pen has seen some heavy wear, with two pits in the stainless steel cap and lots of scratches on the barrel. The highlights of the pen are a working original aerometric converter and what we are pretty sure is a 14k gold nib! It writes a remarkably smooth extra-fine to fine line. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2378 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Make the most of math assignments with your Parker 51 pencil. This is a nice vintage pencil in "midnight blue." There are some very small deep nicks and micro scratches, but the rest of the writing instrument only has light wear. No cracks, dents or dings. A grey "pearl" jewel graces the top of the pen. Clip is tight. Writing with .9mm leads, this pencil comes loaded with several replacement leads under its hardened eraser. 12.5cm.
Vintage Pens: 2374 Waterman 92V
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Back when most men wore vests, there was a need for vest pens and pencils that fit in the shorter pockets. Accommodating market demand, the Waterman 92V was a line of pens and pencils dedicated to vest wearers. This is one such pencil. Red veins circulate through grey marbling. The nose cone area twists to advance and retract the 1.1mm lead in perfect working order. Unscrew the tail piece to reveal a hardened eraser. The pocket clip is somewhat loose from side to side. The nickel trim is showing brassing. Only light wear, for the most part, on the celluloid. Made in Canada. 10.8cm.
Vintage Pens: 2373 Waterman Stalwart
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
If you need a stalwart companion to help you with crossword puzzles, sudoku, math or just general writing, try out this Waterman Stalwart pencil. Our vintage pencil looks great in a smokey blue celluloid with nickel (or similar metal) trim. The 1.1mm lead still advances and retreats with a twist of the tail cap. It has extra leads still inside it. The eraser is mostly gone, but the little metal thing that holds the eraser in place is still there, and you can cut new erasers to fit it. Some bite marks mar the tail and initials can be found on the barrel. 12.6cm.
Vintage Pens: 2372 Sheaffer Valiant Saratoga
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Clever snorkel collectors will rightfully call us out on the model name of this Sheaffer "Valiant Saratoga." It's a married pen. It has a Sheaffer Valiant cap in a slightly darker burgundy and a lighter burgundy Sheaffer Saratoga body and an open two-tone 14k gold nib. Either way, we restored it with a new point seal, O-ring and ink sac. The snorkel filler works great. The F3 nib writes a smooth fine line! The clip is skewed to the side but seemingly secure. Moderate wear is featured on the cap and barrel, but there are no cracks. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2371 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
In 1942, World War II was in full swing, and rationing was preserving the most precious materials for the war effort. Many pen manufacturers switched from gold trim to nickle and other silvery materials. This Parker Vacumatic Major was made that year, and its trim, date code and nib date code all confirm it. Click the headline to see the incredible barrel clarity and strong imprint. We restored this vintage pen with a new diaphragm. There are no cracks in the celluloid, and there is only light wear on the cap, trim and barrel. The blind cap on the tail fits about 99.5% flush with the barrel. The clip is secure, but it does spin slowly around the cap. The 14k gold nib writes a pretty sweet medium line with some flex that can push it into broad and even double broad! 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2370 Wahl-Eversharp Skyline
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
When the Eversharp Skyline was released, it looked like a space-age pen...nearly 20 years before the space age! Equipped with an breather tube inside the pen to help adjust the air and ink pressure within the ink sac, it was advertised as being able to handle air travel. It didn't really work that well, but it was a state-of-the-art pen in the 1940s. This Eversharp Skyline saw heavy action. Its 14k gold nib is a little scratched on top, but it writes a very nice, mostly smooth, wet medium line. The barrel has deep bite marks around the tail. An "S" curve in it mars the lever a little. We restored the pen to good working order with a new ink sac. The barrel is black, and the dome of the cap appears to be a deep burgundy. The gold-filled cap sleeve is in good condition. It only has a minor dent and no deep scratching. The top dome appears to be on tightly, but the clip is skewed. A larger standard size but NOT an executive size. Click headline for close-ups. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2369 Sheaffer TM
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
The post-war years were some of the most creative for Sheaffer. Using pneumatics (known as the TouchDown filler) to fill their pens, Sheaffer TM (Thin Model) fountain pens became a huge hit. Only made for 4 years, they quickly evolved into the Sheaffer Snorkel, which was a mess-free filler. This is an earlier Sheaffer TM, before snorkels were added. We restored it with a new O-ring and ink sac. To fill it, all you do is unscrew the tail cap, pull it up, stick the nib in ink and push down on the tail. One pump fills the pen. This one even has an ink viewing window to let you know if the pen is empty. The cap and barrel feature only light wear and scratching. There are no cracks, dents or deep scratches. The intentionally upturned two-tone 14k gold nib writes a very nice medium line. 13.5cm capped.