Vintage Pens: 3091 Esterbrook J-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
The big daddy of the Esterbrook pen line in the 1950s was the Esterbrook J-model fountain pen. Not the longest pen, it was the widest pen in series, which is easier for gripping without cramping. Our vintage pen is pretty heavily worn. The steel nib looks a little rough, but it writes an amazingly smooth fine line for a steel 2000-series nib. The cap and barrel show plenty of wear. Spinning is what the clip seems to do best. It also rests without a tight grip on a shirt pocket. Click the headline for close ups. No cracks, at least. We replaced the ink sac, and it is ready for a lot of loyal service. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1033 Senator Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Piston Filler
This vintage fountain pen by Senator is in good working order, unrestored by us. The pen still fills with a twist of the piston in the tail. The viewing window is still mostly clean and green. This is a wider bodied large model. It has a plated iridium nib. Click the headline font to see it up close. You will notice a little separation of the tines. It still writes a reasonably smooth medium to medium-broad line. The pen has some wear and a couple little scuffs, but there are no cracks. There is a little discoloration on the pocket clip. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1075 Sheaffer Crest
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Sheaffer Crest fountain pens are easily identified by their gold-filled caps on normal Sheaffer Snorkel pens. This vintage pen sports a nice pastel green barrel. We have fully restored it with a new ink sac, O-ring and snorkel gasket. The snorkel itself is a rare 14k gold tube, which means this is a first-year pen from 1952. Just wait until you write with it. Its two-tone 14k gold nib writes a super-smooth, medium line. There's only a little wear an light scratching on the body. The cap is free of scratches and dents, except directly under the clip, which is a little off kilter. Filing it under "Nobody's Perfect," the skirted nib has a little seepage where the gold meets the plastic. We have tried sealing it with rubber cement to no avail. As it is a great writer, be sure just not to hold it that low, and you'll be fine. When full, keep it nib up when not in use, and that will also minimize seepage. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 0034 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
We think this is quite possibly one of the prototypes for the Parker Duofold Jr. desk pen made c. 1925 or '26. We cannot guarantee it, but the aluminum swivel holder is the main clue, as Parker never mass produced it. It is not marked, and it was most likely custom machined. The hard rubber version of it went into production in 1926. The hard-rubber Parker Duofold Jr. desk pen is in great condition. The imprint is practically perfect, except for fading out on the very far right side. The ink feed is a "Christmas Tree." The 14k nib writes a fine-medium line. The tail is in perfect condition, and there is no brassing on its gold ring. The gold button shows no brassing. The pen base has no chips or cracks that we can see. The felt on the bottom was replaced. The pen holder is a chocolatey brown but in good working order. The spring underneath it still pushes back. This pen has been fully restored and works wonderfully. The pen measures 19cm, and the base measures 15cm X 9cm X 2cm.
Vintage Pens: 3085 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
So revolutionary, it was considered 10 years ahead of its time when it was released in 1941...hence it was called the Parker 51. Using Vacumatic technology and a hooded nib, this pen held more ink than just about any pen in its day, and it was far less likely to dry out. Our Parker 51 is from the mid- to late '40s. We restored its Vacumatic filler with a new diaphragm. The blue diamond on its clip meant that it had a warranty for the lifetime of its original owner. Its gold-filled cap has a couple shallow dimples and is in good overall condition. The dove grey pen shows more wear, including some obvious scratches and scars on the nib hood or cowling. The 14k gold nib writes an extra-fine line with a little feedback. 13.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3087 Unknown Jumbo Pen
Filling Mechanism: Eyedropper
Soldiers, sailors and marines loved bringing home Jumbo Pens as souvenirs from their tour with the occupational forces in Japan after World War II. Short but monster fat replicas of Parker Duofolds, these are great conversation starters in your home or office. Our vintage Jumbo Pen might not be in the best of working order. The semi-flex steel nib is in tightly but it doesn't sit well against the inkfeed. It keeps shifting off the feed when it writes. Click the headline for a close-up of the Warranted nib. You'll see lots of brassing on it and the pocket clip and cap band. We think it is an eyedropper, as the section unscrews. However, we don't recommend it for a writer. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3086 Sheaffer FA 600
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Straited grey lines shoot down the length of this companion pencil to the Sheaffer Craftsman fountain pen. This pencil is marked as a Sheaffer FA 600. The 600 refers to the writing instrument's original $6 price. Inflation hasn't hit it too badly. The cap ring was only made in 1945 to the best of our knowledge. Thus, this pencil was made just before or after WWII ended. The nickel trim was a result of the gold shortage caused by war rationing. Twist the tail cap to extend the .9mm lead. The lead only retracts with a little help from your thumb or table top as you twist the tail cap in the opposite direction. A petrified eraser remains, but there are no spare leads remaining. Those are easy enough to find. A daily user, this pencil shows some wear. 12.4cm.
Vintage Pens: 3078 Wahl-Eversharp Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
We aren't 100% sure what model Eversharp fountain pen this is. But we do know that it is restored. We made sure it has a fresh ink sac. It has some mild wear but nothing much. It comes in an original box and has a small 14k gold nib.