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Vintage Pens: 3133 Diamond Medal Ring Top
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $49.99
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Vintage Pens: 3133: Diamond Medal: Ring Top
Diamond Medal pens were a 2nd tier pen brand made in Chicago. They were actually a subbrand of the National Pen Company. Our Diamond Medal Ring Top is a fully restored vintage pen with a new ink sac. No cracks defile its beauty, but it has some discoloration, although not as bad as many green pens from that era. Strong is the best word to describe its imprint, and there is only trace evidence of brassing. Click the headline to see its 14k gold original nib. It writes a fine line with some feedback, as it is a very firm nib. 11.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3117 Parker 21
Filling Mechanism: Aerometric Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $45.00
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Vintage Pens: 3117: Parker: 21
Don't be intimidated by vintage pens. If you haven't tried them before, the Parker 21 is a great entry point. Little brother to the more famous Parker 51, it was the bargain discount version with a steel nib. However it shared the hooded nib design that helped slow ink evaporation. It also sports an aerometric ink-filler that is in great original condition. The nice rarer feature of the pen is that the cap is marked: "1/30 12K R.G.P." The cap and pen have light wear from use but no cracks or other egregious flaws. The nib writes a surprisingly smooth fine line. 13.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3132 Gold Bond Mini Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $19.99
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Vintage Pens: 3132: Gold Bond: Mini Pen
Gold Bond was a sub-brand of the National Pen Co. in Chicago. This is a really tiny black and pearl necklace or watch-fob fountain pen. As you can clearly see in the photo, it once belonged to an Evelyn Motl. We restored it with a tiny new ink sac. It has a little wear and discoloration, but there are no cracks. Its biggest flaw is a missing tassie ring on the cap. A 14k gold nib sports what appears to be an oblique stub, with the left tine lower than the right tine. It takes a minute to find the sweet spot, but, when you do, it writes pretty well. 8.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3115 Eclipse Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 3115: Eclipse: Fountain Pen
Oversized Eclipse pens from the 1920s are getting more difficult to find. However, we are happy to offer this handsome model in black. It does not appear to be hard rubber! We warmed it up and gave it a sniff. It definitely didn't have a smell. It is restored with a fresh ink sac. We think the most unique part about this vintage pen is that the brand Eclipse is written in a script font on the pocket clip! No cracks. No engravings. The pinstripes-and-squares pattern is a little worn in places. Scratching and brassing appear heavily on the cap band and lightly on the clip. Its 14k gold Warranted nib appears to be a size 4 or 5. The nib has a little hook downward, but it writes a great, smooth semi-flex extra-fine to 1mm. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1085 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $89.99
Vintage Pens: 1085: Parker: Vacumatic
Built in the 3rd quarter of 1943, our Parker Vacumatic Major in golden pearl likely has incredible stories to tell. Did it ship out overseas? Did it stay in the the U.S. writing beautiful love letters to someone far from home? Maybe it was put into service on the homefront? We've restored it to great working order with a new diaphragm. Good barrel clarity graces this pen. Unfortunately, there are too long scratches down the side of the barrel and a little rash on the back of the cap, as if it were rubbed for a second on the sidewalk. It isn't a big blemish, only about an inch long and a 1/4-inch wide, but it is there. No cracks! Good barrel imprint. Click the headline to see the 14k gold nib. The tip looks just a shade off, but it writes a very nice, wet fine line. The clip's arrowhead is just a shade off the side of the cap. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3107 Sheaffer Sentinel
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 3107: Sheaffer: Sentinel
TouchDown-filling vintage pens, such as this Sheaffer Sentinel, are among the hottest selling pens on our site these days. We just can't keep them in stock. It likely has something to do with the amazingly inventive filling system and affordability. This model comes complete with a working ink sac and O-ring. The ink-view window is remarkably clear. There's some light-to-moderate wear on the barrel and cap, but there are no cracks and it is in great working order. Sheaffer considered this a "TM" or "Thin Model." It has a two-tone 14k gold nib that writes an extra-fine line with a little feedback. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3100 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 3100: Parker: 51
Hip, hip, hooray! The class of 1942 celebrated in style with this first-year 1941 Parker 51! Well, partly first year 51. Marketing material for the grand release of the Parker 51 in 1941 said that the pen was 10 years ahead of its time, which is why it was called the 51. Only first-year pens were given the aluminum tail jewel in the blind cap. Although the imprint seems to have worn off, the "Class of '42" engraving seems to be a nice verification of age. We are a little perplexed that the pen looks more teal blue than cedar blue, as would be appropriate. The sterling silver cap, which is in great condition, is a later model replacement cap. It still has a blue-diamond clip, but the jewel is plastic grey pearl--not aluminum. This vintage pen's diaphragm has been replaced, and it is in good working order. The 14k gold nib writes a smooth fine line. Light wear can be found in all the usual places. No cracks or dents. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3098 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 3098: Parker: Vacumatic
Before they notice anything else, Parker Vacumatic (Major) hounds will jump on the fact this pen has a rarer "stacked coins" cap band. Golden Pearl stripes make up for some of the scratches. They also partially conceal the engraved "Edward McAuliffe" in gold letters. Its date code states it was made in 1945. We restored the vacumatic filler with a new diaphragm. No cracks blemish this pen. The clip is on tightly, and the blue diamond indicated the pen was guaranteed for the life of the original owner. Barrel clarity is poor but still possible at the right angle for light to pass through. Click the headline for a close-up of the original 14k gold nib. It writes an extra-fine to fine line with a hint of vibration but not bad at all for such a nib. 12.8cm capped.
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