Vintage Pens

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Vintage Pens: 3026 National Pen Co. Lakeside
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 3026: National Pen Co.: Lakeside
Often overlooked are pens by Chicago's own National Pen Company. A serious rival to Parker and Sheaffer in the 1920s, they made beautiful, high-quality fountain pens. Some of their early celluloids are stunningly gorgeous. This is an even earlier pen, the oversized National Lakeside. Made from black hard rubber, it is in excellent condition with minimal chocolate hazing on the barrel, no cracks anywhere and very little wear. There's a little brassing on the lever and pocket clip. The barrel imprint is faded in the middle. Click the headline to see the nib, and you can see old plier marks on the section from a past repairman many decades ago. We installed a new ink sac. The Warranted 14k gold nib is a #8 that writes a fine line with a hint of feedback that "sings" as you write. It writes well enough, in spite of the feedback. Oversized but not too large you can't write with it comfortably. 14cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2919 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 2919: Parker: Duofold
Click the headline to see the really rare cap band on this 1942 Parker Duofold. A square decorates then band with a diagonal shape that looks a little like a surf board! It is a standard size model, neither oversized or junior. It has a blind cap tail ring, too! We restored the pen with a new diaphragm. We also lined up the speedline filler so the blind cap is flush with the barrel. The barrel is a darkened amber with some good clarity. The imprint is strong with a 1942 date code. The 14k gold nib is a little warped, writing an extra fine line with a little feedback. No cracks are in the pen, but it has some wear, though nothing egregious. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2895 Esterbrook Cracked Ice Light Ivory
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $799.99
Vintage Pens: 2895: Esterbrook: Cracked Ice Light Ivory
Esterbrook fans can really geek out on this gorgeous pen and pencil SET! Yep. It is nearly a perfect Esterbrook Cracked Ice Dollar Pen in "light ivory." No actual cracks. It is stunning. Fully restored with a new ink sac, its only flaws are nearly invisible to the eye. However, you can feel some light scratches and shallow chew marks near the tail. The only discoloration appears to be a little ink staining that got between the inner cap and outer cap. The pencil is in perfect working order with a 1.1mm lead and a hardened eraser under the tail cap. The fountain pen's nib is the older, rarer 3000 series! It is a 3556 Osmiridium Tip that is a little wonky in the photo and scratchy, but it is so rare that it is worth taking to a better nib meister than us. Click the headline for close-ups.
Vintage Pens: 2898 Esterbrook Deep V-Clip Slender A
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 2898: Esterbrook: Deep V-Clip Slender A
So many rarities for one vintage pen! Our Esterbrook Deep V-Clip pen is pretty easy to spot, with that clip which was only made between 1930 and 1935. This is the Slender A model of the pen. It has been fully restored with a new ink sac, but we think you're going to flip your lid for its really rare Art Deco designed 3556 nib! Click the headline for a close up. Any 3000 series nib is really impressive. This one writes a very nice extra-fine line. Extra-fine fans will likely say it is pretty smooth for an extra fine, but there is a hint of feedback if you aren't used to extra fines. Light to moderate wear in places. A really clean imprint. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2904 LeBoeuf #8
Filling Mechanism: Sleeve Filler)
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $1,750.00
Vintage Pens: 2904: LeBoeuf: #8
If you are really looking to dazzle at the next pen club meeting or impress your friends online, how about this ultra rare oversized LeBoeuf #8 vintage pen. One of the first companies to perfect celluloid pen production, this model from the very early 1930s is an impressive light ivory color with a butterscotch vein running through it. It has a few spots of discoloration, but it is in much better condition than a lot of early ivory celluloids. Fill the pen by sliding the entire barrel back to reveal a fully restored squeeze bar system. No cracks in the celluloid, light wear, some brassing on the clip. The original 14k gold nib sports a crack running from the section up to the 8. Click the headline for a close-up. The nib writes a dry, extra-fine line well without pressure but gets scratchy in a hurry when you add any pressure. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2905 LeBoeuf #8
Filling Mechanism: Sleeve Filler)
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $1,750.00
Vintage Pens: 2905: LeBoeuf: #8
Among the most sought vintage pens are oversized LeBoeuf pens...such as this one. Although there is some speculation about LeBoeuf being the first company to successfully create fountain pens using celluloid tubing (not rod stock), there is no denying the stunning beauty of their early efforts! Fully restored with a new ink sac and all of its original parts, this is a sleeve filler. The back half of the barrel slides back to reveal what Parker fans might think of as an aerometric squeeze filler. Its pearl-and-black design is in amazingly good condition with a few spots of discoloration you see in the photo. (Click headline for close-ups.) No cracks! A little clip brassing. There is a deep scratch around the tail and a wear mark where the lip of the cap rests against the barrel. Otherwise, only light wear. The large size 8, 14k gold nib writes a medium line with a slightly flattened tip that gives it some line variation! Technically, it even has a tiny bit of flex. 13.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2917 Carter’s 4125
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 2917: Carter’s: 4125
Carter's Inx were a legendary ink manufacturer, and it branched out into fountain pen manufacturing in 1926. This is an early mottled orange hard rubber vintage pen. The flat tail end is marked 4125. It is a full-sized but not oversized fountain pen. There is very little wear on the pen, but the main barrel imprint is weak and there is some brassing on the cap bands and clip. The pen has been restored with a fresh ink sac. The original 14k gold nib writes a very nice fine line AND it is a semi-FLEX. It takes a little pressure to get it to flex, so it definitely isn't a wet noodle. No cracks. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2806 Parker Jotter
Filling Mechanism: Ballpoint
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 2806: Parker: Jotter
Ballpoint pens weren't invented in 1954, but that was the year they were finally perfected. Parker Jotter ballpoint pens were released that year to great fanfare. Cap-free and clickable, the most important part of this pen was its long-lasting, convenient refill. How successful was it? That refill and the Parker Jotter are still being made today! More than that, most major pen manufacturers have adopted the Parker ballpoint refill for their own pens! Our first-year Parker Jotter comes in one of the rarest colors: marine blue. Closer to turquoise, marine blue was the name Parker gave the color. Its barrel is ribbed and the inverted "V" clip are hallmarks of all first-year pens. There are no cracks, but there is a little wear from use. The refill is fairly recent and working. 12.7cm.
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