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Vintage Pens: 2767 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-2556
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 2767: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-2556
Vintage pen fans are always on the prowl for a great red pen, as it was universally the rarest color of most pen lines. This is not only a rare Esterbrook Icicle pen, it is a red one. Better yet, it has an imprint that wraps around the barrel instead of running up and done it lengthwise. No cracks. Fresh ink sac. BUT, look closely and you might notice something substantially out of place. Check out the lever. It has serious brassing, and we aren't aware of Esterbrook every using brass parts. It fits perfectly and works well, but we suspect it was cannibalized from a different pen. ALSO, the section looks too small, as if it came from an Esterbrook Purse Pen. The inside friction-fitting part of the section has definitely been shaved for a good fit. The pen works well, and the steel 2556 upgrade nib writes a very dry, extra-fine line that has a little feedback. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2766 Esterbrook Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2766: Esterbrook: Icicle LJ-1555 Gregg
Copper is one of the most sought after Esterbrook colors, and now we have an Esterbrook Icicle in copper! New Old Stock, you can see it comes with its original sticker. It has been restored with a fresh ink sac and is ready for display or use. If you look closely there is a tiny bit of schmutz just below the sticker around the cap band that won't come off. The rest of the pen is immaculate. The imprint is clear but a little weak on the bottom. It comes with the steel 1555 Gregg nib that was intended for use with the Gregg handwriting method that was popular in business at the time. This particular nib writes a Japanese extra-fine line with surprisingly little feedback. It has a touch but not much. This is an LJ model, which is long and slender. (We incorrectly used to ID the LJ's as short. We had gotten some bad info early on. Sorry.) 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2764 Esterbrook LJ Icicle
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $79.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 2764: Esterbrook: LJ Icicle
Seemingly straight from the Esterbrook factory in New Jersey is this new old stock Esterbrook LJ Icicle. This is the first grey Icicle model we've ever carried, and it is practically flawless. It has a new ink sac, no cracks AND the inner cap is entirely free of ink. The cap has its original sticker, which you can see when you click the headline. Crisp, clean imprint. Just a little light surface wear from being on this earth for the past 60-odd years, but nothing to get excited about. It comes with a steel 2668 nib that writes a nice extra-fine to fine line. Due to an incorrect article we read years ago, we've only recently learned that these LJ models are the long skinny ones and the SJ are the short models. This is the long and skinny at 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2759 Esterbrook Deep V-Clip
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $175.00
Vintage Pens: 2759: Esterbrook: Deep V-Clip
Dig deep to the roots of Esterbrook fountain pens with a very early black hard rubber Esterbrook V-Clip. Famous for their beautifully lustrous and vibrant celluloids, it is almost hard to believe Esterbrook had production line, non-dip black hard rubber pens. Yet, here's the proof. No cracks, but it does have a couple small but obvious scratches on the cap and barrel. The imprint is clean. You can see the chocolate hazing in the photo. Fully restored, this vintage pen comes with a fresh ink sac. Its early steel 1554 Gregg nib looks as if it was filed down to an oblique stub. It writes a smooth medium with variation at a very low angle of attack, but it isn't forgiving if you change hand positions. 12.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2755 Esterbrook Cracked Ice
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $599.99
Vintage Pens: 2755: Esterbrook: Cracked Ice
Among the hardest-to-find Esterbrook pens is the famed Esterbrook Cracked Ice design from the 1930s until about 1941. We found one. This particular model has been officially referred to as both green AND blue, but not blue-green. Just as stunning as the design is the fact it is in such pristine condition, with only the slightest trace of discoloration near the threads on the barrel. Click the headline for a close-up. You can easily get lost in the nooks and crannies of such vibrant early plastics. It has no cracks and minimal wear. It was restored with a fresh ink sac. The original steel 9668 nib writes a very nice fine line with only a faint hint of feedback. Wider bodied like a J-model. 12.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1353 Parker 51
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 1353: Parker: 51
Click the headline to see the unique cap of this Parker 51 a little more closely. We've never seen "Parker" written into the rim of the cap like this before, plus seems cut off about a third of the way from the bottom. On the back it says "1/10 14k Gold Filled / Made in USA." The last line was almost cut off. There is a circle of brassing directly below the pocket clip, and a line of brassing just to its write. The pinstripe design is worn on the back. No real dents, but one reverse dent. The rest of the pen is a basic 51 from the second quarter of 1944. We replaced the diaphragm, and the pen is in good working order. The 14k gold nib writes a really sharp extra-fine line. Some might call it scratchy, but XF lovers will likely enjoy it. The nib cowl has some scratches and gentle warp. The barrel has some wear, and the blind cap isn't lining up squarely. 13.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2367 Sheaffer Frankenpen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 2367: Sheaffer: Frankenpen
Sheaffer once made a Lifetime fountain pen with a torpedo cap and flattail body. However, we think this is either the work of a clever con man or just somebody trying to make a complete pen from two halves. The barrel and nib are of a 1920s Sheaffer Lifetime Junior-Size. The cap is of a 1930s junior Balance. Together, they make a great pen. We found it this way and restored it with a new ink sac. The cap and barrel each have a fair degree of wear. There is no brassing; nor are there any cracks. The 14k gold nib with original 1920s inkfeed write a very nice, firm medium line. 11.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 0511 Waterman C/F
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $19.99
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Vintage Pens: 0511: Waterman: C/F
Waterman heralded the disposable cartridge era of fountain pens with its Waterman C/F (Cartridge/Fill) in the 1950s. Although cartridges were first introduced into pens back in the 1910s with glass and clay cartridges, neither was practical. The Waterman C/F used plastic. We include an original 1950s plastic cartridge in this pen! You can refill it using a syringe. We strongly doubt modern cartridges or converters will fit in this pen. The 14k gold nib writes a nice fine line with some feedback. The pen is pretty beat-up looking. Most of the original gold plating is worn off. Heavy scratching and wear covers all of the plastic surfaces. Basically, this is a good user-grade model with which to experiment and expand your vintage pen collection. Click the headline for close-ups. 13.3cm capped.
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