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Vintage Pens: 2775 Parker 45
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $29.99
Vintage Pens: 2775: Parker: 45
We like to give fun stories to some pens and imagine what a pen has seen in its lifetime, but we know the story behind this Parker 45. We bought it from a gentleman who was selling his collection of pens after lifetime of collecting. This pen he made a point of explaining was the pen he used to sign his marriage license nearly 50 years ago. We insisted he hold on to it, but he was adamant that it was time for this vintage pen to go on to new adventures with a new owner. Although it has some typical wear from use, it is crack and problem free. It even still has its original working rubber-ink-sac converter! We flushed the pen using the converter and it works great and doesn't leak. The steel nib is marked medium and it writes a very smooth medium line. (When the converter does wear out, it can use modern Parker cartridges and converters.) 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2767 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2767: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-2556
Vintage pen fans are always on the prowl for a great red pen, as it was universally the rarest color of most pen lines. This is not only a rare Esterbrook Icicle pen, it is a red one. Better yet, it has an imprint that wraps around the barrel instead of running up and done it lengthwise. No cracks. Fresh ink sac. BUT, look closely and you might notice something substantially out of place. Check out the lever. It has serious brassing, and we aren't aware of Esterbrook every using brass parts. It fits perfectly and works well, but we suspect it was cannibalized from a different pen. ALSO, the section looks too small, as if it came from an Esterbrook Purse Pen. The inside friction-fitting part of the section has definitely been shaved for a good fit. The pen works well, and the steel 2556 upgrade nib writes a very dry, extra-fine line that has a little feedback. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2766 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2766: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Copper is one of the most sought after Esterbrook colors, and now we have an Esterbrook Icicle in copper! New Old Stock, you can see it comes with its original sticker. It has been restored with a fresh ink sac and is ready for display or use. If you look closely there is a tiny bit of schmutz just below the sticker around the cap band that won't come off. The rest of the pen is immaculate. The imprint is clear but a little weak on the bottom. It comes with the steel 1555 Gregg nib that was intended for use with the Gregg handwriting method that was popular in business at the time. This particular nib writes a Japanese extra-fine line with surprisingly little feedback. It has a touch but not much. This is an LJ model, which is long and slender. (We incorrectly used to ID the LJ's as short. We had gotten some bad info early on. Sorry.) 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2765 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2765: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Green was the only color to vary from the regular Esterbrook J-series to the Icicle models. Our Esterbrook LJ Icicle comes in a brilliant emerald green. It is New Old Stock with its original cap sticker and now ink on the inner cap! It has been restored with a fresh ink sac. The section is a little loose. If you like, we can add a drop of sac shellac to seal it up, but some people don't like that as it might one day damage the pen. There's only a little light wear on the pen, nothing serious. Great imprint. A seemingly unused 1555 Gregg nib writes a remarkably smooth extra-fine to fine line. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2764 Esterbrook LJ Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2764: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle
Seemingly straight from the Esterbrook factory in New Jersey is this new old stock Esterbrook LJ Icicle. This is the first grey Icicle model we've ever carried, and it is practically flawless. It has a new ink sac, no cracks AND the inner cap is entirely free of ink. The cap has its original sticker, which you can see when you click the headline. Crisp, clean imprint. Just a little light surface wear from being on this earth for the past 60-odd years, but nothing to get excited about. It comes with a steel 2668 nib that writes a nice extra-fine to fine line. Due to an incorrect article we read years ago, we've only recently learned that these LJ models are the long skinny ones and the SJ are the short models. This is the long and skinny at 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2762 Esterbrook Visumaster
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $399.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 2762: Esterbrook: Visumaster
Capping off our docket of really rare Esterbrook pens is this art deco copper marble Esterbrook Visumaster set. The earliest variant of the Visumaster, this has the tapered tail, wide-skinny-wide marbled copper pattern on the cap and barrel AND a frosted 9048 nib. The pen has been restored with a new ink sac. There are no fractals in the view window; nor are there any cracks in any other part of the pen and pencil. Each has some light wear from long ago use and a strong imprint. The pencil works, advancing a 1.1mm lead with a click action. The original 9048 nib is a semi-flex that goes from extra-fine to medium or a little larger. There is a little feedback on the left-to-right diagonal upstroke...but did you read the part about it having flex...in a steel nib?! 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2761 Esterbrook Visumaster
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $399.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 2761: Esterbrook: Visumaster
Esterbrook Visumaster pens are stunning works of art from the early 1940s. This is one of the earliest examples with its tapered tail and ORIGINAL frosted band steel 9668 nib with a triangular breather hole! The smokey blue cap and barrel feature wide strips of very art deco blue marble connected by skinny strips of the same material. No cracks blemish the pen and no fractals mess with the clear viewing window! Only light wear from daily use can be found on the pen and pencil. The pen has been restored with a new ink sac. The pencil is a clicker in good working order, loaded with 1.1mm lead. The pencil tail cap is a little loose, but everything is working very well. The pen's nib writes extra-fine to medium with a little feedback. It isn't a flex nib, but it responds to a little pressure...almost a semi-flex. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2760 Esterbrook Visumaster
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $399.99
Vintage Pens: 2760: Esterbrook: Visumaster
Most people think of the Esterbrook J-model pens starting in 1948, but they technically got their start in the short-lived Esterbrook Visumaster. These earlier, wider full-size (not oversized) pens were great with a clear viewing window that lets you know when you are running low on ink. These had a steel top jewel like the Dollar Pen but the J clip. The tail of this variant was more like a Transition pen. Ours has some wear from use, but it has a strong imprint, rare matching click pencil and is restored with a new ink sac. Click the headline for close-ups. The one thing that might concern you looking at it are the "fractals" in the viewing window. These are common in clear plastics of the 1940s. There appear to be two layers to the window. The inner layer has the fractals but the outer layer is crack-free. It won't leak. The upgraded, early steel 9556 nib writes a firm extra-fine line. It sings a bit, but it has no real feedback. 12.8cm capped.
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