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Vintage Pens: 2913 Parker Vacumatic Maxima
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $449.99
Vintage Pens: 2913: Parker: Vacumatic Maxima
Fenway Park has the Green Monster, and Parker seemed to try creating one of its own with this green Parker Vacumatic Maxima. Almost as wide as a Montblanc 149, at its widest point, the Maxima actually has a smaller, easier-to-handle, section for gripping. The pen is remarkably free from major wear. There's one shallow dimple in the blind cap and a few light scratches. The imprint is strong, and the pen has a 1942 date code. The cap jewel is made from the same striped celluloid as the barrel. The aluminum speedline filler has some wear but it moves easily. The pen is FULLY RESTORED with a new diaphragm. The nib is actually marked "14k / Parker / Vacumatic." It writes an extra-fine line with a little feedback. Click the headline for close-ups. 13.5cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3058 Esterbrook Nurse’s Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $99.99
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 3058: Esterbrook: Nurse’s Pen
Nurses are some of the hardest working people in any hospital, and it is only right they get a pen dedicated to them. This is the Esterbrook Nurse's Pen, specifically made to match their uniforms in the 1950s. Our vintage pen is fully restored and in great condition. The ink sac is fresh. There are no cracks. It has a little wear, which is to be expected. The barrel has discolored to more of an ivory color, while the cap is still a truer white. Tightly affixed to the cap is the clip, and both black jewels are in good condition. Its nib is an upgraded 9556. It was originally advertised as being for smooth fine writing. We find that it to be more of a firm but smooth extra fine. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3059 Esterbrook Nurse’s Pencil
Filling Mechanism: Pencil
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $75.00
SOLD!
Vintage Pens: 3059: Esterbrook: Nurse’s Pencil
Esterbrook always catered to consumers who worked hard for a living. This Esterbrook Nurse's pencil is another great example. It is an early click-pencil that works well and uses a 1.1mm lead. It is a rare white design with a black tail jewel and marketed specifically to nurses, as the color would match their uniforms in the 1950s. No cracks and just a little wear. The imprint is strong on the top half and weak/worn on the bottom half. Includes extra leads and a hardened original eraser. The color looks whiter in real life, as it is difficult to get the white balance right on the photo without taking away all of the details on the pen. 12.4cm.
Vintage Pens: 3066 Conklin Endura
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $249.99
Vintage Pens: 3066: Conklin: Endura
The one thing Conklin got way better than Parker and Sheaffer in the 1920s was color. Have you ever seen the amazing texture and color of one of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" paintings in real life? They are stunning, and the swirling blue of this medium/standard size Conklin Endura looks almost identical! Orange paint (mostly) remains in the accent rings on the cap and barrel. There are no cracks, either. This vintage pen has been fully restored with a new ink sac. The clip and cap band have some brassing. Writing a fine line, the original nib and feed have a little feedback. You can see a deep scratch on the top tine of the 14k gold nib when you click the headline, but that is only a scratch—not a crack. The barrel has a strong factory imprint. 12.6cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3065 Wasp The Clipper
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 3065: Wasp: The Clipper
Remember the old ads for pork: The other white meat. This vintage pen can be known as the other Sheaffer Clipper. Technically, this is the Wasp "The Clipper." It comes with a fully restored skinny rod "Vacuum Filler." Wasp was a sub-brand of Sheaffer. It's imprint listing Ft. Madison, Iowa, as a home base gives it away. The vacuum filler was Sheaffer's response to the Parker Vacumatic with an empty barrel filling system. It's a rather ingenious feat of engineering. The single downstroke vacuum pump is very effective when it works. Originally designed to last forever, it turned out that forever didn't last very long. Luckily, this one has been fully restored and works very smoothly. The design looks as if the computer age met art deco. Its 14k gold nib writes a firm extra-fine line. You might need to use a touch more pressure than normal to keep it flowing. 13cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3064 Sheaffer Clipper
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 3064: Sheaffer: Clipper
Set sail with a Sheaffer Clipper. Our classic snorkel pen comes in the rare "Peacock Blue"! It has been fully restored and is in good working order. It shows some light wear, but not much. Click the headline for close-ups. The Sheaffer Clipper was one of their premium pens. The pen came with a two-tone steel and gold-plated cap with a white dot and nib was a "Triumph" nib (conical) made of "Palladium Silver." This even has those words in script on the nib. The nib is a razor thin extra-fine nib. We don't know if Sheaffer was still calling this an "accountant's nib" at the time, but that is basically what it is. It is sharp with a little feedback, but it writes exceedingly well. 14.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2705 Parker 75 Independence Hall
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $299.99
Vintage Pens: 2705: Parker: 75 Independence Hall
Why on earth would a Parker 75 come in pewter, with a wooden disc in the top of the cap? 1776! Now that's the spirit! This is an American Bicentennial celebration Parker 75. On the cap is the factory engraved: "Wood in this limited edition pen is a relic of Independence Hall Philadelphia - 1776". A believe the pewter is a tribute to Sam Adams: metal smith, brewer and patriot. You won't find a dent in the pen. There's only light surface wear, if any. Sorry. We don't have the original box and papers. However, we are reasonably sure this is an authentic original. The section collar has hash marks to help align the nib best with your grip. The section has plastic threads. It comes with an original working converter. You can use modern Parker converters and cartridges with this pen. We do not think the pen has been inked. Inkfeed indicates a medium nib. 13.1cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 3042 Moore L-95
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1920-1929
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 3042: Moore: L-95
Moore pens don't often get much discussion on these pages. However, they were one of the big first-tier pen companies on the East Coast before the Depression hit. Based in Boston, Moore Pen Co. actually had a very interesting history. This Moore L-95 fountain pen is oversized length and standard size width. We love the red dot on top of the cap that is very similar to Sheaffer's white dot. Click the headline to see it better. We believe this pen was made in 1927. It has been fully restored with a fresh ink sac. There are no cracks or serious blemishes other than a little ring around the tail due to past posting and a little pit visible in the main photo. The original inkfeed and 14k gold nib write a firm fine line. A touch of brassing on the trim. The inside pressure bar mechanism rattles around a little, but it is actually securely attached to the lever. 13.7cm capped.
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