Vintage Pens

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Vintage Pens: 2261 Sheaffer Craftsman
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $59.99
Vintage Pens: 2261: Sheaffer: Craftsman
Striking red-and-black stripes of the rarer "carmine" coloring on this Canadian-made Sheaffer Craftsman Lifetime looks good. We restored it with a new ink sac. The cap has a small hairline crack in the lip. Both the cap and barrel have moderate wear and scratches. Maybe 1% brassing on cap ring. The firm two-tone 14k gold nib writes an extra fine line with a little feedback. The section is in solidly, but it isn't 100% "in," as you can see in the photos. Click the headline for close-ups. 12cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2255 Sheaffer Statesman
Filling Mechanism: Snorkel
Era: 1950-1959
Price: $149.99
Vintage Pens: 2255: Sheaffer: Statesman
One of the rarer colors of the Sheaffer snorkel line of pens is this Buckskin Tan (It looks pink to us, but what do we know?). It is especially exciting to see the matching white dot cap! We have fully restored this Sheaffer Statesman with a new ink sac, O-ring and point seal. The conical "triumph" nib is made of "Palladium Silver," writing a delightfully smooth, wet medium line. No cracks, light surface wear. Hmmm. Great Rube Goldberg filling system, rarer color, great writing nib...what's not to love?! 14.2cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2254 Parker 75
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter
Era: 1960-1979
Price: $199.99
Vintage Pens: 2254: Parker: 75
Sterling silver Parker 75 fountain pens are a dime a dozen, but these orange models are among the rarest. We love this Thanksgiving mottle orange design. It was made in France, and the nib features French gold purity hallmarks. The pen is in excellent condition with hardly any trace of wear. The ends are the two-tone dish design. The pen uses any modern Parker converter or cartridge but comes with neither. The 14k gold nib is marked medium but is a little stingier on the ink. 12.8cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2259 Sheaffer Lifetime TouchDown
Filling Mechanism: TouchDown
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2259: Sheaffer: Lifetime TouchDown
Forest green makes for a standout color on this very early wide-body Sheaffer Lifetime Touchdown. We restored it with a new ink sac and O-ring. The pen is very handsome, but there is some light-moderate wear on the cap and barrel. The imprint is strong, but you can see a little bulge warm from where the cap hugged the section grip. Click the headline for bigger photos of it. The two-tone 14k gold nib writes an extra-extra-fine line. It is very firm, but it is a dream pen for extra-fine nib fans. A great vintage pen. 13.3cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2246 Parker Challenger
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2246: Parker: Challenger
To get through the Great Depression, Parker designed a beautiful pen that used its older, cheaper button-filling technology to provide affordable pens to a desperate nation. This pen is known as the Parker Challenger. The version above seems to carry a 1940 date code and is made from an exquisite red-marble celluloid. It shows some moderate wear and brassing, but it is still a very attractive pen. We restored it with a new ink sac and hanging pressure bar system. No cracks. A couple deeper scars on the blind cap, and the see-through section is heavily darkened with age. The original 14k gold nib writes a wet fine line that some Japanese-nib lovers might call medium. It has a little FLEX, and it sings a bit as it writes. Smooth. 12.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2245 Parker Vacumatic Major
Filling Mechanism: Vacuum Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $79.99
Vintage Pens: 2245: Parker: Vacumatic Major
Parker spent millions of dollars (in today's money) on research and design for the incredible Parker Vacumatic. Using a rubber diaphragm to fill a hollow barrel with ink meant that any Vac held more ink than any sac filler. It fills by pumping a plastic rod hidden by a blind cap in the tail. Our Parker Vacumatic Major was made in 1943. It was clearly a trusty pen, as it shows moderate to heavy wear. We restored it with a new diaphragm, and it is ready for more years of service. Click the headline to see the cigarette burn near the barrel imprint. Also, the nib and feed look smaller than what normally goes in this pen. Still, the 14k gold nib writes a nice fine line with a hint of feedback. The top black jewel is chewed, but the clip is on tight. No cracks. The speedline filler started to make the barrel feel a little "pregnant" so we stopped overtightening, which leaves a thin gap between the blind cap and barrel. 12.7cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2244 Parker Streamlined Duofold
Filling Mechanism: Button Filler
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $225.00
Vintage Pens: 2244: Parker: Streamlined Duofold
Click it! Click it! Click the headline to look first and foremost at the RARE two-tone 14k Parker Duofold nib! Bigger than a traditional Duofold Jr. and shorter than a traditional Duofold Senior, we aren't sure what its official classification is. Still, it is a fully restored vintage pen that looks great. The deep cranberry and black marbling looks like a freshly licked lollipop. It shines through its light wear. The clip has a little brassing. The most egregious flaw is a bit of an impression where the cap snugged up to the barrel while properly screwed on. The nib writes a very firm but smooth fine line. 11.9cm capped.
Vintage Pens: 2241 Mabie Todd (Swan) Fountain Pen
Filling Mechanism: Lever Filler
Era: 1940-1949
Price: $69.99
Vintage Pens: 2241: Mabie Todd (Swan): Fountain Pen
Green stripes and marbling make for a really handsome Swan Mabie Todd & Co. fountain pen. Even with a lot of wear and a little discoloration, this pen looks great to us. No cracks, but it definitely has cosmetic issues. We restored the vintage pen with a new ink sac. Even the inkfeed is missing "combs" or "teeth," but the 14k gold original nib writes a really nice fine line! There is a swan imprinted into the flat top of the cap. Click the headline for close-up photos. 11.3cm capped.
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