Vintage Pens: 3125 Conklin M31
Filling Mechanism: Crescent Filler
When Susie Thomas graduated high school in 1905, her parents gave her a Conklin M31 as a gift to help her earn her degree in business college and then hit the working world. Susie must have been quite the modern to plan on a career in business at the turn of the 20th century. We received this handsome pen from her granddaughter. It is very rare for us to know the complete origins of a pen, and this pen is very rare in that it is perfectly preserved with its long, tapered slip cap. No cracks. No significant marks or wear on the chased black hard rubber. The gold filled trim has more wear. The imprints are all legible, although the M31 is weakest where the cap posted. We restored the vintage pen with a new ink sac. We also replaced the very broken original nib with a size 2 14k gold Conklin (replacement) nib. It writes a fairly smooth, FLEXI line that goes from fine to 2mm. Chocolate hazing. Monogramed gold-filled ring. 16.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3206 Sheaffer Imperial
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Sheaffer Imperial pens were really the last mass-produced fountain pen by Sheaffer intended for the masses. This handsome 12k gold-filled model features the best of this model. There's a dent on the tail and a little brassing, but the rest of the pen is in great condition, with only light wear on the rest of the cap and barrel. You'll find it is an early Sheaffer converter pen. It comes with a working converter, and it also takes modern Sheaffer ink cartridges. Write a smooth medium line with its 14k gold inlaid nib. Click the headline for a great close-up. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3406 Sheaffer Admiral
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
To combat the whining and complaining of a public rapidly converting to ballpoint pens so they wouldn't have ink-stained fingers from wiping off their freshly refilled fountain pens, Sheaffer when hard to work making an ingeniously overengineered mess-free filling system called the Snorkel. Originally released in 1952, these pens were Sheaffer's top sellers in the 1950s. Our fully restored Sheaffer Admiral is particularly unique because is is the fairly rare tan-pink color known as "Buckskin." (Remember this is the decade of Davy Crockett movies and westerns.) Click the headline to see the other rarity...a nib stamped with a "52." We have never seen such an imprint. The "M2" signifies a finer grade of medium. If 52 was to signify its year of production, the snorkel is made of steel, not 14k gold like the first year pens were equipped. New ink sac, O-ring and point seal. The nib writes a nice, firm, wet medium line. No cracks, strong imprint. Excellent condition. 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1664 Conklin 75
Filling Mechanism: Crescent Filler
Mark Twain called the Conklin Crescent line of fountain pens a profanity saver, as the pens wouldn't roll off his desk. Our Conklin Crescent 75 was the granddaddy of the Crescent line. It is freakin' huge with the largest monster of a 14k gold size 7 nib we've ever seen! Click the headline for close-up of the nib and the cap band with a Freemason's symbol. We restored this black-chased-hard-rubber pen with a tanker of a new ink sac. Given the 1918 patent mark on the clip, we suspect this pen was made in the late teens or early 1920s. You won't find any cracks in the rubber. Its chasing is faded and there is chocolate hazing, but the pen is in excellent condition. True, the trim has a little brassing, but it shouldn't be too distracting. You will LOVE the semi-flex to flex nib! 14.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3405 Esterbrook LJ Icicle?
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
What is it? We aren't sure. We are certain it is an Esterbrook, which is imprinted on the clip and barrel. However, it looks like a LJ...but it also looks like it came after the LJ series was done. It has an icicle-like pattern on cheaper plastic. We restored it with a new ink sac. Cosmetically, it only has light to moderate wear. HOWEVER, the threads on the barrel don't engage the cap. YET, the cap slips on snuggly. On the plus, side you get an upgraded 9555 nib, which was advertised as being for shorthand. It writes a very firm, smooth, extra-fine line. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3391 Parker Vacumatic Jeweler’s Deluxe
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Azure pearl Parker Vacumatics automatically inspire a Pavlovian response from us. We nearly drown ourselves when we spied this 1942 Jeweler's Deluxe model. Stacked coins is another name for the rarer cap band. No initials spoil the purity of any part of the pen or pencil! Both vintage writing instruments feature minimal wear and a single small dimple in each cap band. The pencil works well and is loaded with a .9mm lead. The vintage pen has been fully restored with a new diaphragm. Plus, the pen has the aluminum speedline filler. You can see through the barrel, still, but it does have a fair degree of ambering. Its original feed and 14k gold nib write smooth, wet medium line. No cracks, strong imprint. Cap jewels are black. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3383 Sheaffer Triumph Autograph
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Sheaffer added a new special feature to its rarer models of the 1940s...a big solid gold band for etching a customers autograph on it. This is the Sheaffer Triumph Autograph in PRISTINE condition. No autograph or other engravings. Minimal wear. It was restored with a fresh ink sac, and the viewer window is still clear enough to see its light green factory freshness. For its era, it is a big pen, too. No skinny-pen-hand-cramping action here. You'll also get a larger, early version of the conical "Triumph" nib in two-tone 14k gold. It writes a firm, fine line. We can see where some people say it has feedback, but it also is well within normal for Sheaffer firm fines. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3364 Parker Duofold Senior
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Parker Duofolds are the ultimate capstone to any vintage pen collection. For many, these were the pens that got them started on antique pens. Back in the 1920s, these were the most popular status symbol pens that were also extremely functional and hard working. A flashy tool in jade green, it was never the less the ultimate tool for writers and business people. Our senior sized Parker Duofold is fully restored with a new ink sac. It sports a rarer raised cap band. Unfortunately it has some obvious brassing, like the clip ball. No cracks mar the pen, even if it is somewhat discolored. It features a rare original "Christmas tree" inkfeed. Its large, original 14k gold "Lucky Curve" nib writes a smooth, firm medium line. Great for heavier handed writers, as the nib requires a little pressure to perform. Barrel imprint is strong but mentions nothing about "Duofold" or "Lucky Curve." 13.8cm capped.