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Vintage Pens: 5046 Sterling Silver Repousse
Filling Mechanism: Dip)
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: SF
Price: $399.99
Vintage Pens: 5046: Sterling Silver: Repousse
Classy, elegant, sophisticated. Dip pen fans will love this sterling silver repousse antique pen. We suspect it comes from around the turn of the 20th century. It could be older. The holder is marked "Sterling," but there is no formal branding. Ergo, we don't know who made it. There are a couple little marks on the pen, and one of the silver edges where the nib goes in has split just a teeny-tiny amount. We included a "new" Esterbrook Bronze Falcon 048 nib, which is NOS. You will write a firm, smooth line from extra-fine to about 1mm. This is semi-flex and far from a wet noodle. Click the headline for close-ups. Yes, our cat is holding the pen down for a nib close-up, and, no, he is not for sale with the pen. 18.5cm.
Vintage Pens: 5044 Waterman 222
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: BB
Price: $699.99
Vintage Pens: 5044: Waterman: 222
Antique pens just keep coming. Here is an ultra rare Waterman 222 Barleycorn pen made of sterling silver and ebonite. Made around 1905, this is a classic taper cap eyedropper. Best of all, the cap and barrel are in incredibly good condition. No cracks or dents. A script name is engraved into the cartouche on the barrel. It is 5 letters that seem to start with a J and end with a Z. You can unscrew the section to fill the pen, though we don't recommend using a pen this delicate and rare. Click the headline for a close up of the rare, beautiful and problematic 14k gold nib. This has an early star logo!. It also has a bad crack coming out of the breather hole. It writes double broad on a dip with some feedback. 14.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5050 Waterman 0322
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Era: 1900-1909   Fountain Pen Nib Size: FLEXI
Price: $699.99
Vintage Pens: 5050: Waterman: 0322
Grail pens such as this Waterman 0322 "Chased" pen from the early 1900s are intoxicatingly rare. What has become known as "repousse" in many pens Waterman called "chased" in its early turn-of-the-century catalogs. This taper cap with gold-filled overlay is a once-in-a-lifetime pen for us. Its 14k gold nib writes an extra-fine to 1mm flexi line, but the slender hard-rubber pen is so delicate, we don't really recommend writing with it much. Filling this eyedropper pen will be difficult as the section seems firmly screwed together and not wanting to separate. Engraved on the barrel cartouche are the initials E.H.L. You can see a couple bite marks on the end of the barrel and tip of the taper. Its biggest flaw is an upside-down "L" crack from the lip of the cap. Clear imprint on the taper cap. Overall, a very good vintage pen for its age. Click the headline for close-ups. 14.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5033 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $449.99
Vintage Pens: 5033: Parker: Duofold
Almost perfect but not quite. Check out the beautiful pearl-and-black celluloid on this Canadian Parker Duofold Jr. set. You can see some traces of the brown discoloration that got started in this vintage pen, but it isn't nearly as bad as most of these pens that I've seen. The inside of this cap is so clean, we're not sure the pen was ever used. It has been restored with a new ink sac. No cracks, major blemishes or brassing. Light wear if any. Click the headline to see a close-up of the original 14k gold nib. You can barely see it in the photo but there is a hairline crack just to the right or top of the "B" in the photo and it works its way up to the top bar of the "E" in "Pen." You will write a smooth medium line. Its matching pencil has perfect color but much more wear, and it doesn't work.
Vintage Pens: 5031 Sheaffer Lifetime Balance
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: XF
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 5031: Sheaffer: Lifetime Balance
Sheaffer shook-up its line-up in the late 1920s with the dynamic torpedo stylings of its Sheaffer Lifetime Balance pens and pencils. These modern beauties were ready for the art deco era. We restored this vintage pen with a new ink sac. Its black-radite cap and barrel show a fair degree of light wear, but there are no cracks or brassing. You write a nice extra-fine line with its original 14k gold Lifetime nib with a flat-comb feed. Making a complete set is the oversized Sheaffer Lifetime Balance pencil. Nearly 100 years old, it still works great. Advance and retract the 1.1mm lead with a twist of the tail cap. Although it works great, it has way more wear than the pen. You'll find bite marks and some deep scratches on the pencil. Pen measures 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 5029 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: BB
Price: $349.99
Vintage Pens: 5029: Parker: Duofold
Lapis Lazuli Parker Duofolds are hard to find in such a vibrant blue condition. Yes, this junior-sized vintage pen is a couple shades darker than the matching pencil, but it is still a nice color. Click the headline for close-ups. The white flecks in the lapis blue pen are only mildly yellowed or browned in some places! The vintage pen has been restored with a new ink sac. You will write a juicy double broad line with its 14k gold nib. There is a Christmas-tree style ink feed. Spots of brassing on the cap bands and clip. Light wear on the cap and barrel. The matching streamlined pencil is not working very well, shows a little wear and brassing...and it is missing a decorative barrel band. Pen measures 11.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4990 Waterman 56
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929   Fountain Pen Nib Size: M
Price: $549.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 4990: Waterman: 56
Every now and again we post a pen that makes us ask, "Why aren't we hoarding this just for ourselves?" This Waterman 56 is just flat-out amazing. One of the larger Waterman sizes, this one has a perfect ripple pattern on "red" (i.e. orange) hard rubber. The cap and barrel are flawless. Unfortunately, there's brassing on the cap band, but the rest of the vintage pen is remarkable. We restored it with a new ink sac. You will write a sumptuously smooth...oh, yes, full-on buttery smooth...medium line with its 14k gold nib. Click the headline for a close-up. It says manifold, but the smoothness of the nib doesn't make it feel too rigid. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 4910 Sheaffer Balance Lifetime
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939   Fountain Pen Nib Size: F
Price: $399.99
Vintage Pens: 4910: Sheaffer: Balance Lifetime
Sheaffer Lifetime Balance pens are among our favorite vintage pens. We restored this pen with a new ink sac. This pen is fantastic. It has great color, maybe only 15% discoloration or so. No cracks. It has some light wear that was polished out, but you can still see a ring around the tail where the cap posted. There's a little brassing on the ball of the clip. Engraved on the side of the pen barrel is "Geo H Barnhart." You will write a smooth, fine line with its 14k two-tone gold nib. The matching pencil has a little more wear, but it has a complicated work habit. The pencil works when you work the mechanism by hand with the tail cap removed. Yet, the tail cap doesn't seem to grip tight enough to advance and retract the 1.1mm lead. At the same time, the cap holds tightly enough to keep from falling off. Spare leads are under the hardened eraser.
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