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Vintage Pens: 2759 Esterbrook Deep V-Clip
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $175.00
Vintage Pens: 2759: Esterbrook: Deep V-Clip
Dig deep to the roots of Esterbrook fountain pens with a very early black hard rubber Esterbrook V-Clip. Famous for their beautifully lustrous and vibrant celluloids, it is almost hard to believe Esterbrook had production line, non-dip black hard rubber pens. Yet, here's the proof. No cracks, but it does have a couple small but obvious scratches on the cap and barrel. The imprint is clean. You can see the chocolate hazing in the photo. Fully restored, this vintage pen comes with a fresh ink sac. Its early steel 1554 Gregg nib looks as if it was filed down to an oblique stub. It writes a smooth medium with variation at a very low angle of attack, but it isn't forgiving if you change hand positions. 12.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2758 Esterbrook Deep V-Clip
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 2758: Esterbrook: Deep V-Clip
Will the Esterbrook wonders never cease? We kick it really Old Skool with this incredible Esterbrook V-Clip fountain pen in "foliage green." This is one rare, early celluloid Esterbrook. No cracks! Light traces of wear from use. A good ink sac. A really early 1551 Dura-Chrome nib. This pen is pretty impressive for any dedicated Esterbrook collector! Fitting under the "nobody's perfect" heading, the inner C-clip used to hold the lever in place has bulged out a little along the center of the pen. You will feel a little bump. The steel nib writes very well...with a hint of FLEX and feedback. Click the headline, and you'll see it looks a little chewed up, but it writes well in our hands. Strong imprint. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2755 Esterbrook Cracked Ice
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $599.99
Vintage Pens: 2755: Esterbrook: Cracked Ice
Among the hardest-to-find Esterbrook pens is the famed Esterbrook Cracked Ice design from the 1930s until about 1941. We found one. This particular model has been officially referred to as both green AND blue, but not blue-green. Just as stunning as the design is the fact it is in such pristine condition, with only the slightest trace of discoloration near the threads on the barrel. Click the headline for a close-up. You can easily get lost in the nooks and crannies of such vibrant early plastics. It has no cracks and minimal wear. It was restored with a fresh ink sac. The original steel 9668 nib writes a very nice fine line with only a faint hint of feedback. Wider bodied like a J-model. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 0724 Parker 51 Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 0724: Parker: 51 Desk Pen
Believe it or not, we found this Parker 51 in a shoebox at an estate sale. The tail appears to be made of solid silver. There are no marks proving its silver content, but it tarnishes, looks and feels like silver. The tail has no marks of manufacture. It looks "organic" in art-world jargon. We are pretty sure Parker didn't make it. It looks a little like something Ariel Kullock would make, but it isn't signed in any way. And the collection it came with was really old and low-rent. It might have been made by some lone jeweler or craftsman many years ago. The barrel, hood and 14k gold nib are all decidedly Parker. The barrel has a 1946 date code. We restored the pen with a new diaphragm. The tail taper screws on tightly; we just left it a little loose so you could see the design better. The nib writes an amazingly smooth and extra-fine line. We bought the base separate from the pen, but they make a good fit. Light to moderate wear on both the pen hood/barrel and base. No chips or cracks.
Vintage Pens: 2669 Sheaffer Imperial
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $25.00
Vintage Pens: 2669: Sheaffer: Imperial
How are this Sheaffer Imperial desk pen and a shortstop alike? Neither has a base to call its own. C'mon. Not every blurb can be brilliant. Still, this is a great looking desk pen that has very little wear. It's inlaid 14k gold nib writes a fine line that sounds but doesn't particularly feel scratchy. It can use a modern Sheaffer cartridge or converter but comes with neither. 17.5cm.
Vintage Pens: 2652 Sheaffer Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $175.00
Vintage Pens: 2652: Sheaffer: Lifetime
No vintage pen collection is complete without an oversized Sheaffer Lifetime Flattop fountain pen. These pens were among the very best produced in the 1920s. About the size of a robusto cigar, they were considered tankers for ink reserves back in its own time. Ours is in great working order with a fresh ink sac. There are no cracks. It has some light wear from daily use, especially around the top of the cap. The clip and cap ring have some brassing. The original 14k gold Lifetime nib is complemented by a slightly later Sheaffer Balance inkfeed. It writes a firm, extra-fine line. (The firmness was to help it write through carbon copies back in the 1920s.) On the flat bottom is a small "c" imprint. This actually indicated that the pen barrel was made by a contractor hired by Sheaffer! 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2645 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 2645: Parker: Vacumatic
How do you not fall in love with a 1937 Parker Vacumatic Major with matching green pearl jewels? Toss in 90% barrel clarity, an imprint so strong you can read it in the photo and a two-tone 14k gold arrow nib, and we don't expect this vintage pen to stick around for long. We restored it a couple years ago, and the diaphragm and aluminum speed line filler are in good working order. No cracks and only light wear. It's only real flaw is one tine of the nib looks a little goofy when you click the headline font for a close-up. However, we are happy to report, it writes a nice fine line. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2636 Waterman 54
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 2636: Waterman: 54
Fans of flexi writers have settled on vintage Waterman pens from the 1920s as the best pens of that era. The Waterman 54 is one of the larger pens from that brand and era. This one is about as long as the oversized competition, but it is only about as wide as a standard-size competitors. This one has two gold-plated bands around the chased black hard-rubber barrel. The tail band is engraved on two lines: "R. A. Jewell. / Fairfield, Me." No cracks, scratches or other serious damage mars the cap or barrel. It does have more chocolate hazing on the barrel than the cap. The 14k gold nib is not an original Waterman nib, but it is a semi-flex stub Warranted size 4 nib! 13.7cm capped.
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