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Vintage Pens: 0511 Waterman C/F
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $19.99
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.
Vintage Pens: 2330 Morrison’s Black Hard Rubber
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $99.99
Vintage Pens: 2330: Morrison’s: Black Hard Rubber
New York City was a hotbed of fountain pen activity in the 1920s, and Morrison's was a big player. What strikes us as particularly impressive about this Morrison's Black Hard Rubber fountain pen is how incredibly preserved the cap and body are. The pinstripes and company imprint are very strong, and there is minimal chocolate hazing or other deterioration in the black rubber. The lever and pocket clip show more tarnish. The really thin 14k gold nib definitely has flex, but it doesn't perform the way most flex nibs do. It mostly writes a medium line, but you can take it to a double broad. It can be a bit scratchy, but it isn't so bad that you'd never won't want to write with it...if you choose to write with it. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. Long and slender. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2237 Parker Lucky Curve
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 2237: Parker: Lucky Curve
Just ahead of the Duofold came the Parker Lucky Curve. The "Lucky Curve" referred to the inkfeed that was supposedly more efficient due to a curve on the piece inside the pen that would help funnel the last drops of ink to the nib. It was a cool gimmick that didn't really work any better than any other inkfeed, but it was in the Parker advertising for close to a decade. Jade celluloid is highly discolored with lots of brassing on the trim, but this pen features a really hard-to-find extra-fine "Lucky Curve" nib. Click the headline to see it close up. We restored the pen with a new ink sac. Unfortunately, it doesn't have its original inkfeed. The strong imprint simply says "Parker" in an early font with the usual boiler plate info. No "Duofold" or "Lucky Curve." The cap has two hairline cracks in the lip. The end caps have some edges missing. It is a junior size pen, but the nib alone is worth the price. 11.4cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2057 Esterbrook LJ-2668
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $39.99
Vintage Pens: 2057: Esterbrook: LJ-2668
Esterbrook fountain pens taught an entire generation how to write with an ink pen. Babyboomers were likely required by their schools to write with an Esterbrook fountain pen. Inexpensive and easily customized, pens such as this Esterbrook LJ come with an easily changed steel nib to fit any writing style or need. The nibs simply unscrewed from the pen and were replaced for less than a dollar. We restored this pale-green pen with a new ink sac. The pen was a daily user and features some wear, including a few small stains, which you can see at the tail of the pen in the photo. Click the headline for a closer look. The cap is a few shades of green different from the barrel. Possibly married. The steel 2668 nib was advertised as a "general writing" point, which writes a smooth medium when held at the sweet spot angle. No cracks. The clip isn't quite making contact with the barrel, where it slips into your pocket. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1983 Parker Vacumatic
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 1983: Parker: Vacumatic
Shadowwave Parker Vacumatics are among the most sought-after models. Our vintage pen carries a 1939 date coded and is fully restored with a new diaphragm. The golden brown shadowwave is quite handsome, even with a few nicks and small scratches. No cracks, strong imprint. Aluminum speedline filler. Click the headline for close-ups. The original 14k gold nib, has a slight kink in its left tine. The pen writes a scratchy fine line. Double jewels. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1890 Waterman Desk Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $75.00
Vintage Pens: 1890: Waterman: Desk Pen
Everyone's got an empty base with no pen, but we've got the rare Waterman Desk Pen with no base! Restored with a new ink sac, this Waterman desk pen features a black hard rubber taper and exceptionally large section. The barrel is a black and pearl with some discoloration. Polish took out the worst of the chocolate hazing. There are remarkably few scratches or marks of wear. No cracks! The imprint is strong, and it lists the pen as made in Canada. The 14k gold nib is marked "Med. Rigid." It is definitely rigid, and more of a fine to fine-medium. Click the headline to see more. 20cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1109 Parker Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 1109: Parker: Duofold
Parker sent off their first generation of Duofolds with a few stunning color patterns before retiring the line. This senior size streamlined Parker Duofold sports an incredible green art deco design. The top of the cap and the blind cap are ebonite with some chocolate hazing. That's the worst of the wear on the pen. No cracks, just a couple little dings and light traces of wear. The pen has a fresh ink sac. The tines of the 14k nib have a little separation, and the pen writes a wet broad line with a little hint of a scratch. Better nib experts than us can probably get that gap fixed and shrink the width of the line. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 1025 Morrison’s Black Beauty
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $134.99  Was: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 1025: Morrison’s: Black Beauty
Morrison's fountain pens were a 2nd tier contender out of New York. Its vintage pen model "Black Beauty," photographed here, is clearly a nod to the famous novel, as there is a horse's head and neck engraved on the barrel in the logo. This pen would become known as the Patriot during World War II, but these 1930s models were made of black hard rubber, given golden trim accents and a steel nib. This model, has its original gold-plated steel nib! 90% or more of the plating is gone, but you can still see it in the stamped engraving. It writes a nice fine line without any pressure, but with pressure it gets a tad scratchy. We replaced the ink sac and the J-bar with a new, hand-fashioned brass one made in our shop. As the new J-bar doesn't put as much pressure against the lever filler, the lever is a little loose. No cracks, some chocolate hazing. The top of the cap has a great art nouveau topper in a deep, dark, yellowy-orange. 13.2cm capped.
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