11872: D. J. Kennedy pencil: Morrison (?) pencil with rhodium-plated sterling silver overlay from the 1930s, elaborated upon in gold and cast silver, including two snakes, a scimitar, and a mermaid; in contrast to the metal pens Kennedy sold through Neiman Marcus, pens and pencils of this kind were typically given or traded to D.J.'s friends in the pen collecting community. Unsigned, missing a cabochon.
DATE: c. 1996 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $275
13608: Diamond Medal Standard: black and pearl flat-top lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends with white trim rings, Wahl-style pressure bar toggled to the lever and held by a keeper at the end of the barrel; made for sale by Sears, part of the so-called National Pen Co. of Chicago group, excellent quality; name on cap, barrel ambered more than cap, but good color balance, strong barrel imprint, smooth Diamond Medal #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $145
12569: Diamond Point eyedropper-filler: slender and early black hard rubber straight-cap, 13.1 cm long, strong barrel imprint, slight even fading, ventless underfeed-style nib with narrower heel, marked only "14K", feed resembles that found on 1890-patent Eagle glass-cartridge pens. Cap is cracked, has not been repaired.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $145
11210: Dunhill Twopen: English-market version of the legendary Zerollo double-nibbed pen; helically-chased black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim. Crisp imprints, fully marked, both nibs very soft and flexible.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $4850
12364: Dunn pump-filler: black chased hard rubber, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, orange hard rubber filler knob, crisp chasing and imprints; came to us lacking the nib but never filled, has been recorked and a correct #2 Dunn nib installed.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: needlepoint • $175
12342: Dunn pump-filler: uncommon long and very slender model, black chased hard rubber, 14.3 cm long, gold filled trim, orange hard rubber filler knob, crisp chasing and imprints with a slight price band shadow on the cap (see detail); came to us lacking the nib but never filled, has been recorked and a correct #2 Dunn nib installed.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $300
12745: Dur-O-Lite pencil and utility knife set in box: light greenish pearl celluloid Eversharp-style faceted pencil, 14.6 cm long, chrome plated trim, with matching slide-action two-bladed Dodson utility knife; both pieces imprinted with a phone number but apparently unused, some age spots to plating, pencil barrel bent, with some discoloration to the eraser cap and some small age shrinkage cracks at ends (see details).
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine* • $120
4163: Eagle Just for Fun: giant wooden novelty pencil, 27 cm (10 1/2 inches) long, brass ferrule; slight gaping of longitudinal seam from age shrinkage of wood.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $40
13316: Eagle Correspondent: unusual end-joint black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, hard rubber is crisp and glossy, with strong imprints, excellent but for some scratching to the nib's surface; see this Pen Profile for more information.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $265
11839: Eagle pull-filler: large black chased hard rubber screw-cap, 14.8 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual filling system is like a reverse button-filler, end knob is pulled to flatten sac (US patent 680117 of 1901). Excellent quality, pen is unusually big, equivalent to a Waterman #6-size, nib has Eagle shield imprint, Masonic imprint on barrel for Martha Washington Lodge; cap more worn than barrel, two small stable hairlines in lip (see detail), front portion of barrel from barrel band forward has been restored.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $400
8626: Eagle Rexall combination: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.3 cm long, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1913, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo; hard rubber is crisp and glossy, with clean imprints including "S15" on the cap top; unusual version made for the Rexall chain of drugstores, bearing no Eagle marks, though carrying a characteristic Eagle 14K nib (very flexible).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $395
11199: Eagle (?) Pepsi-Cola advertising pen: colorful lever-filler, 12.4 cm long, gold plated trim, typical paint loss to metal clip in form of Pepsi bottle, plated steel nib.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • $160
12297: Edward Baker magic pencil: large 9K solid gold ringtop, 7.4 cm long closed, 13.5 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; solid with real heft, weight 30 g.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $450
12702: Edward Baker ejector dip pen: sterling silver, London hallmarks worn but legible, 15.4 cm long excluding nib. The end of the taper is spring-loaded; when pushed, the nib is ejected. Plunger spring has taken a set, so plunger does not spring all the way back, slight bend to plunger, small seam split at end of taper (see detail), but all fully functional.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine* • $250
12259: Edward Baker cedar pencil holder: hand engraved sterling silver ringtop, 8.25 cm long, full Birmingham hallmarks.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $150
13629: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 11.3 cm long, square body ruled to 3 5/8 inches, extends to 32.5 cm to measure a full 12 inches; hand-engraved numbers, 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm thick lead. Early production, unusual size, only example we have handled that is three-draw, rather than two. Ringtop attachment appears to have been resoldered in the past (see detail).
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • $350
10417: Edward Todd dip pen and pencil combination: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long excluding nongold nib, end of taper twists to extend 2.0 mm lead. Nice substantial proportions, sharp scroll relief decoration, fully marked on ferrule, with engraved name "EMILY".
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $485
12793: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.2 cm long, extends to 32.2 cm; square body ruled to 4½ inches, 12 inches extended; hand-engraved numbers, uses standard 2 mm lead, engraved initials, Otis (Elevator) badge; full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • $225
11276: Edward Todd eyedropper-filler: small black hard rubber vest-pocket screw-cap ringtop, 9.1 cm long, smooth solid 14K gold overlay with dated engraving on cap; extra-large vent hole at edge of inner cap is a characteristic Edward Todd feature, nib is a semistub with some flex. Tiny stress crack in metal at top of cap (see detail) probably from manufacture.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • $275
10504: Edward Todd pencil: handsomely engine-turned solid 14K green gold, 12.85 cm long, no maker's mark, but imprinted "PAT. 58001" (an Edward Todd design patent awarded May 24, 1921); uses 1.1 mm lead, initials engraved on barrel, multiple test marks (see details) shallow mars to the back of the nose cone; stress cracks at tip opening do not affect function, appear to be the result of over-aggressive removal of jammed lead. Overall weight is 19.5g, including internal mechanism.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG* • $350
12956: Edward Todd lever-filler: oversize all-metal 16K gold filled, 13.2 cm long, grouped parallel lines pattern; initials in barrel cartouche, damaged original #6 Edward Todd nib included, has been replaced with a contemporary warranted #6 nib of excellent quality. An Edward Todd this large is most unusual.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: needlepoint • $450
13382: Edward Todd combination: smooth gold filled all-metal lever-filler, 14.25 cm long, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead, #3 Edward Todd nib is slightly upturned, a smooth and flexible writer. Interesting inscription on barrel for the Fort Pitt Spring & Manufacturing Co. of Pittsburgh. Excellent quality, solid construction.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $295
13438: Edward Todd lever-filler set in box: rare and elegant, solid 14K gold with black enamel trim, 12.4 cm long, #3 nib has a semistub tip, matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, both pieces neatly monogrammed "S.W.M.". Leather-covered box bears the name of the retailer, famed jeweler Caldwell & Co. of Philadelphia.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $1650
10094: Eggens Hambler (EHCO) lever-filler: new old stock black chased hard rubber pen, 13.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, original price band ($1.50), crisp and unfaded, original hardened sac has not been replaced (will resac at no extra charge if desired). Four available -- a good quality second-tier New York penmaker.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $165
10460: Eisenstadt lever-filler: unusual black chased hard rubber oversize pen with distinctive reverse-action lever; 13.6 cm long, no brassing to the gold filled trim, hard rubber moderately faded, barrel imprint lighter to the left but fully legible, scratch in top of cap (see detail); big #6 nib is fully marked, including logo of "E" and try square; Eisenstadt was primarily known as a leading St. Louis jewelry company: their pens were of high quality, but limited in production and distribution; the "PAT. PENDING" imprint indicates production before the approval of patent 1,531,800 on March 31, 1925.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $685
13413: Eric 29: large mottled hard rubber safety, made in England for the French market, 12.2 cm long, comparable in girth to a Waterman 45; crisp imprints, "ERIC"-imprinted 18K gold nib opens with very light pressure, tooth on rougher paper.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $250
11974: Fairchild magic pencil: large and striking, 8.4 cm long closed, 14.1 cm extended, finely ribbed body alternating rose gold filled and black (celluloid?) rings. Fully marked, including "PATENTED JUNE 22.1869" (Rauch's US patent 91,665), nozzle marked "9", uses standard 2.0 mm lead. Stress hairline in front cap opening, dents at end of extending shaft, otherwise crisp with relatively little wear.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $275
12224: Fairchild magic pencil: unusual ringtop, 6.75 cm long closed, 11.8 cm extended, alternating rose gold filled and black celluloid ribbed rings; slight gap between end rings due to age shrinkage of celluloid, mechanism works smoothly and positively, uses 1.0 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $150
11957: Fairchild (?) magic pencil: unmarked gold filled ringtop of good size, 6.3 cm long closed, 12 cm extended, black lacquered bands and fluted center for a sculptural effect, attached badge for Delta Omega Sigma in low carat rose gold; uses standard 1.1 mm lead, mechanically perfect noting hairline crack in front cap (see detail).
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine* • $125
12255: Fairchild/Johnson dip pen: handsome gold filled barleycorn holder with pearl taper, 13.9 cm long, marked "FAIRCHILD" and "3", nib is an E.S. Johnson #2, unusually marked on the underside "14K". Nib is extremely flexible, requires a very light hand; nib slit slightly prolonged into top of imprint by short stable hairline crack. Fairchild and Johnson merged in 1898, but this nib and holder could have been put together earlier as well.
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $175
11682: Farrell & Hosinger Paramount Gravity Stylo: black hard rubber screw-cap vest pocket eyedropper-filler, 10.7 cm long, elegant two-tone design with red hard rubber cap crown and section; weighted needle is intact, imprints worn but legible.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $105
11684: Farrell & Hosinger Paramount Gravity Stylo: black chased hard rubber slip-cap ringtop eyedropper-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled ringtop fitting may not be factory-installed; intact weighted needle.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $80
13458: Foster penner: classic Sheffield brass writing compendium, 10.5 cm high, inset glass inkwell is unchipped, brass has some shallow bumps but none of the splits and deep dents often found on surviving examples. This design was made for decades, through the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, with examples in use in the Americas in the Revolutionary War era. Thomas Foster, "brass inkstand manufacturer", was listed at 51 Burgess St. in the 1820s, but apparently left the business to become a teacher of music. This penner could just as well have been made by his father, however.
DATE: c. 1825 • CONDITION: VG • $650
10532: Gold Bond combination: black and pearl lever-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent quality, Wahl-style pressure bar, toggled to catch-equipped lever; #4 warranted nib is generously-sized, smooth, and opens wide with light pressure, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; name on barrel.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $225
13151: Gold Medal set in box: green and black striated button-filler, 13.35 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window, matching 1.1 mm pencil; both crisply marked with Art Deco "Buck Rogers" style clips. As new, noting bubbles and blobs in ink window.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine firm • $120
13208: Gold Starry safety: black chased hard rubber, made in France, 9.8 cm long, crisp and glossy, strong imprints, 18K warranted nib may be an old replacement.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium flex • $120
13431: Gold Starry button-filler: small burgundy model, 10.75 cm long, gold filled trim, 18K gold nib, made in France.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine • $125
13421: Gold Starry (?) No. 3: large black chased hard rubber clipless French safety, 13 cm long, 18K warranted nib; barrel imprint worn and largely illegible below the first line which reads "HACHETTE'S" -- surely a retailer's imprint, for the famous Paris publisher and stationer; comparable in girth to a Waterman 45.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $225
12588: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, 16 cm long excluding plated nib, bold twist pattern, engraved initials, incipient stress cracks at hinge points on underside of holder, but no dings.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $265
12253: Gorham dip pen: bold sterling silver twist pattern, 16.2 cm long excluding nib, fully and strongly marked, initials and scattered pinhead dings in gripping area (see detail).
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $265
9299: H. Thompson quill knife: tapered, flat-sided wood handle, imprinted with Victorian crown and cipher, as well as "H. THOMPSON/9 NASSAU ST."; 17.6 cm long overall, blade sound, tiny chip to tip.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine • $95
13460: Heath dip pen: sterling silver, 15.75 cm long excluding plated nib, fully marked, relief work is an interesting variant of the Waterman "Puritan" or "Patch", with larger patches of scrollwork and the areas separating those patches narrower and with a hand-hammered surface; crisp and details not softened by polishing, one nip towards end of taper (see details).
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $265
12256: Hicks dip pen: long unmarked mottled hard rubber holder, 20.1 cm long excluding uncommon V-vent Hicks #5 gold dip nib. Holder has a gouge and a short stable crack at the end (see detail), does not affect function, nib is a notable writer, nice sharp smooth italic, some marks from restraightening (someone pressed a bit too hard, as it flexes with very little pressure).
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $175
13318: Hicks dip pen: sterling silver, 16.2 cm long excluding plated nib, acorn maker's mark, metal crisp with original manufacturing marks visible on the ferrule, excellent quality, nice girth; initials "C. L." engraved in cartouche.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $265
11802: Hicks dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, 17.2 cm long excluding brass nib; monogram on barrel, even wear to barleycorn engine turning, no dings, top quality manufacture.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $150
11917: Hicks magic pencil: 10K gold filled, with swivel and ring suspension sheath; 11.4 cm long extended, 6.4 cm retracted, uses 1.7 mm lead, propels and retracts; pencil has a couple of shallow bumps, hard to photograph.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $165
11102: Hicks The Quill: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with gold filled overlay, 14.3 cm long; crisp engine turning of unusual complexity, barrel overlay marked "W. S. HICKS NEW YORK", nib is marked "LONDON". Hicks had a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, concentrating on dip pens and pencils rather than fountain pens until the later 1920s. Early Hicks fountain pens are not at all common -- overlay examples even more so.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $895
10749: Hicks magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.9 cm long closed, 12.1 cm extended, uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead; fully marked, grouped parallel lines pattern, initials on barrel, crisp condition, no dings, very solid.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $150
11544: Hicks combination: sterling silver lever-filler and pencil, 11.9 cm long, unusual hand hammered finish over finely engine turned ground, 18K Hicks nib; identical to a Twinpoint combo, but marked only "STERLING". Initials in barrel escutcheon, uses 1.1 mm lead, nib gives wide line variation, not hallmarked for export so appears to be intended for jewelry store retail sale.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $650
11563: Hicks (?) magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop, hexagonal body, 8 cm long closed, 13.6 cm extended, very solid construction, maker's mark small but appears to be Hicks, consistent with overall design and quality. Monogram on barrel, action smooth and positive, uses 1.5 mm VS lead.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $175
12189: Hoge Manufacturing Co. Pal pencil: silver-plated, 1.1 mm lead, eraser under cap, new old stock from a New Jersey stationery store hoard. Three versions shown, but long pencils with clip are all sold; please specify if you prefer short with ringtop or short without ringtop. You'll have to polish off the tarnish yourself, if desired. Condition as new, noting the visible seam on the crown frieze band. Read more about Pal pencils here.
DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: near mint • $35
12365: Houston eyedropper-filler: distinctive full-length mottled hard rubber ringtop, 14.9 cm long, gold filled trim, barrel imprint well worn and only barely legible, #2 nib is intact but center of imprint polished away ("MINN. U.S.A." on second line), tipping scant; original suspension chain and fitting attached.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine • $275