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
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
11762: Ingersoll twist-filler: oversize flat-top, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, an unusually fine pen for a company best known for economy models -- the same company behind the one-dollar pocket watch. Knob under blind cap is twisted to empty out sac, released to allow sac to fill. Nib is small but solid 14K gold, and a good writer.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $225
11883: Inkograph stylographic pen: early black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 11.8 cm long, nickel plated trim, bold crisp barrel imprint with "PAT. APL'D"; weighted needle is intact, pen is in near pristine condition, noting slight fading to the hard rubber. Pre-lever-filling Inkographs are hard to find.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $120
13154: Inkograph stylographic pen: unusual mottled hard rubber flat-top ringtop lever-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, good color and crisp imprints, weighted needle intact.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $150
12273: J. W. Benson cedar pencil holder: 9K solid rose gold twist pattern ringtop, 7.3 cm long, weighs 13.75g.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $245
10855: John C. Wahl 120 injector pencil: 1/10 14K gold filled oversized thick lead (3mm) model, 14.3 cm long, yellow end jewel of either Bakelite or celluloid; not strictly a Wahl-Eversharp product, but a side project by John C. Wahl, covered by US patent 2,210,845. Top quality manufacture, seldom seen.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $165
13583: John Holland dip pen in box: #6-size takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14.4 cm long excluding matching #6 John Holland gold nib. Flake missing from taper end (see detail), small stress crack in prolongation of the nib slit, appears stable.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
13572: John Holland 73: large black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler, 14.9 cm long, nickel plated trim; good imprints and chasing, responsive #3 nib writes an elegant line, moderate even fading, unusual size.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $385
12819: John Holland 71: black hard rubber hatchet-filler, hand-engraved gold filled overlay, 13.7 cm long, add-on Holland clip, #12 nib is a responsive semiflex capable of a nicely shaded line. 1915 patent date imprint on barrel overlay, monogram engraved in barrel cartouche, metal clean, no brassing.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $895
12691: John Holland 75: uncommon oversized black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated hatchet, wide gold filled cap band; originally clipless, came to us with a 1910-patent slip-on clip, included. Even fading and wear, imprints all legible, Holland #15 nib takes deliberate pressure to open up, more of a semiflex for ordinary use.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $475
12449: John Holland 72V: black chased hard rubber ringtop hatchet-filler, 11.45 cm long, gold filled trim, 1915 patent date imprint.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $200
12602: John Holland 72: black chased hard rubber ringtop hatchet-filler, 11.9 cm long; gold filled ringtop filling may be a post-factory addition. Strong imprints, Holland #12 nib.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $225
13428: John Jago porte-crayon: sterling silver, 8.95 cm long, faceted perpetual calendar at top, seal with monogram with entwined A, C, and R; London hallmark with date letter for 1811/12, slight seam opening at front of slider slot, overall nice and clean example of a high quality early writing instrument by a well known maker.
DATE: c. 1811 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $625
12437: John Sheldon compendium: scarce and desirable Birmingham-made combination dip pen, pencil, coin gauge, toothpick, wax seal, and letter scale (British weights and rates), 10.1 cm long closed, sound condition noting weak imprint, slight bump in upper barrel; February 1842 patent date only very partially visible, struck at an angle, purple faceted stone in crown.
DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $600
7269: Juco Independent stylographic pen: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with dark red hard rubber ends, 11.8 cm long, imprints worn but mostly legible, needle missing but tube passage clear, could be readily restored to writing condition.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $105
11709: Juco Independent stylographic pen in box: late production black chased celluloid lever-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, weighted needle system, new old stock, some age roughness to lever plating, irregularity to lever opening clearly from original manufacture.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $75
8667: Kaweco safety: unusual black chased hard rubber clipless model, 12.7 cm long, with a ventless Hicks New York 18K gold nib with French hallmarks; condition is like new, but the original barrel imprint of this French-market pen appears to have been polished away -- most likely out of WW1-era anti-German sentiment. Early production Kawecos often carried New York-made nibs, but most were from A. Morton.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $325
13101: Kaweco Westminster 21: small jade green button-filler, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim, black hard rubber ends; strongly Kaweco in style and appearance, though Westminster has been listed as a Montblanc sub-brand -- may have been a retailer's house brand instead. #2 Montblanc nib, Montblanc notched feed, darkening to barrel, strong imprints, nick to cap lip and short barrel mouth hairline have been professionally sealed and are barely visible (see details).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • $275
13232: Kin Sin button-filler: unusual oversize Chinese-made pen in black, 13.8 cm long, gold plated (brass?) trim, large 14K Kin Sin nib with ball tip, brass cap liner. Scattered digs to the barrel, cap bands wavy.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium • $265
11125: Laughlin doctor's pen: black chased hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, thermometer in compartment at end of barrel; 16.3 cm long, crisp and glossy, as new, never filled.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium stub superflex • $1600
13212: Lund pencil: helically-grooved wood shaft with fine bone nozzle and end cap, nickel silver turning sleeve, 10.7 cm long; unmarked, as is common among wooden examples, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead. Split in nozzle where mounted on wooden shaft.
DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $120
6856: Lynn Sorgatz button-filler: custom made pen modeled on Parker's so-called "Depression Pens", 12.5 cm long, vintage green pearl and black marble celluloid, gold filled trim, utilizing an original 1930s Parkette 14K gold nib and other vintage Parker parts for the internal mechanism.
DATE: c. 2006 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $285
10544: Manos Ajano: smooth black celluloid piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, made in Austria, steel dip pen nib, piston mechanism turns but not guaranteed ink-tight or functional; slight barrel warpage and swelling. These pens were widely exported in the early 20th century and are found under various brand names, but are nearly impossible to repair.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium • $50
10098: Maycock token: copper "Hard Times" advertising coin, 28mm diameter, issued by the New York firm of Samuel Maycock and John Hague, early makers of mechanical pencils ("EVERPOINTED/PENCIL CASE/MANUFACTURERS").
DATE: 1837 • CONDITION: VG • $50
9409: Maywood lever-filler: large red hard rubber flat-top, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, solidly-made second-tier pen, minimal wear, fine stable cap lip hairline and rim flea bite (see detail); although the original nib was certainly warranted, the present warranted #4 nib -- smooth and of excellent quality -- is a replacement; cap can be posted without causing the lip hairline to open.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium • $250
12313: Mecan drop-action cedar pencil holder: sterling silver with black and red enamel, 8.15 cm long, suspension ring on side, perpetual calendar with day letters for French (or Spanish), actuator button appears to be some smooth black hardstone (pencil slides in or out when button is pushed), high quality, very solid, marked "935" and "MECAN" with a small and unidentified hallmark (French or Swiss?).
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $350
10472: Miller Brothers scraper: 14.4 cm long eraser knife, wood handle; American-made, in Meriden, Connecticut.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $45
12606: Montblanc 432: rare piston-filler stylographic pen, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, in scarce and desirable "platinum" celluloid; weighted needle is intact, ink window transparency is excellent, new cork seal has been installed.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $950
12670: Montblanc Pix 36 injector pencil: black with gold plated trim, 13.2 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1965 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120
12747: Montblanc Alexandre Dumas set: complete three-piece limited edition ensemble with matching serial numbers, fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil; only 5000 sets made, plus this is the first version with the wrong signature (the son's rather than the father's) which was recalled, making it doubly scarce. Perfect unused condition, but no boxes or papers.
DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2000
12693: Montblanc 75th Anniversary 161 ballpoint in box: hard to find limited edition, very low number 83 of only 1924 pieces, rose gold trim, inlaid diamond above clip, mother of pearl star; condition perfect, but in a regular Montblanc box, not original limited edition packaging.
DATE: 1999 • CONDITION: near mint • $950
13632: Montegrappa The Elmo Pen: early production black hard rubber safety, 12.75 cm long, smooth gold filled overlay, #2 Elmo nib, Moore-style one-piece shaft and feed; cap has engraved monogram, dings to crown, cap lip has been replaced. Nib has a crack from the vent hole, usable with a light hand. The Elmo Pen was one of Montegrappa's very first models, and an overlay example is unheard of.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $650
12261: Mordan cedar pencil holder: sterling silver, long and slender, 8.3 cm long, bold ribbed pattern.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $105
13017: Mordan eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber straight-cap, 13.2 cm long, barrel imprinted "MORDAN/LONDON", overfeed with unmarked ventless nib; closely resembles a Wirt, possibly Wirt-made. Mordan is best known for precious metal pencils and dip pens, but Mordan fountain pens are rare -- this is only the third that we have handled. Even fading, nib tipping is intact yet rather draggy on paper.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $365
12105: Mordan Ejector dip pen set in box: patent dip pen in solid 9K rose gold, 15.3 cm long, ferrule body slides forward to eject a used nib without soiling the fingers; matching pencil uses 1.5mm "VS" lead, both engraved with monograms, but oddly the pencil bears "JRB" and the pen, "JEB". Box will not close fully, latch needs attention.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: exc • $600
12215: Mordan chatelaine pen holder: sterling silver, full London hallmarks, 14 cm long, to carry a full-length eyedropper-filler fountain pen suspended from a woman's belt; a few shallow dings, and some partial seam separation (see details).
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • $350
12298: Mordan magic pencil: 9K solid gold ringtop, 6.3 cm long retracted, 11.7 cm extended, full London hallmarks, boldly reeded pattern, uses 1.5 cm "VS" lead, weight 22 g.
DATE: c. 1906 • CONDITION: fine • $325
12262: Mordan cedar pencil holder: large solid gold twist pattern ringtop, 8.4 cm long, full maker's marks plus engraved monogram with date, no hallmarks but probably 9K, weight 14.6g.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine* • $250
12266: Mordan cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold ribbed pattern ringtop, 7.15 cm long, full London hallmarks, neatly engraved name with 1916 date, weighs 12.6g.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • $220
12271: Mordan cedar pencil holder: smooth 18K solid gold ringtop, 8.3 cm long, full London hallmarks, weighs 14.6g.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $465
12275: Mordan cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold barleycorn pattern ringtop, 7.1 cm long, full London hallmarks, weight 11.1g.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • $175
12265: Mordan cedar pencil holder: smooth 9K solid gold ringtop, 7 cm long, full London hallmarks, weight 11.3g.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: exc • $200
13534: Morrison pen pencil combination: high quality lever-filler combo in a most unusual celluloid, a sort of brown and tan moire; 14.9 cm long, gold filled trim, #2 warranted nib is a good quality replacement of the same era. A much more solid pen than one normally expects from Morrison.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium semiflex • $265
13121: Namiki Pilot R-T-type in box: full-size lever-filler in transparent celluloid with grey and black striations, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends, 14K gold export nib, original price band on cap, original sac is hardened and has not been replaced. In original box with instructions. From the Oakland Japantown hoard.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $695
13112: Namiki Pilot A-shiki in box: rare demonstrator-like plunger-filler in transparent celluloid with black streaks, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends, 14K gold export nib, original price band on cap, barrel band lists US, British, and Dutch patent numbers. New old stock, original seals have not been replaced, pen not functional as is. In original box with instructions. From the Oakland Japantown hoard.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $650
13117: Namiki Pilot Nomikomi-shiki in box: rare "easy-drink" filler in orange pearl and black celluloid, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, 14K gold export nib, original price band on cap. New old stock, fills by inserting pen into special inkwell (not included), inverting inkwell and pen together. Transparent celluloid internal reservoir tube has split with age (see detail), but a replacement could readily be made; outer barrel fully intact, original factory grease still present at section joint. In original box with instructions. From the Oakland Japantown hoard.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine • $645
13473: Namiki Pilot Nomikomi-shiki in box: rare "easy-drink" filler in black celluloid, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, 14K gold export nib, original paper band on cap with hand-written price ($3.25). New old stock, fills by inserting pen into special inkwell (not included), inverting inkwell and pen together. Transparent celluloid internal reservoir tube intact, characteristic long-tailed feed visible through barrel ink window. Instructions in box are for a plunger-filler.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine • $595
13472: Namiki Pilot A-shiki in box: rare demonstrator-like plunger-filler in transparent celluloid with black streaks, 12.85 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends, 14K gold export #3 nib, original paper band on cap with hand-written price ($3.75), barrel band lists US, British, and Dutch patent numbers. New old stock, original seals have not been replaced, pen not functional as is. In original box with instructions.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine • $695
12600: Namiki Bald Eagle: Yukari maki-e series, number 90 out of a limited edition of 700, 18K gold #10 nib, Japanese medium, complete with all original packaging including matching inkwell with eagle cap, inner lacquered box, gold-dusted outer box, and all paperwork, all in pristine condition.
DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $2650
13666: OMAS Paragon: large black facetted piston-filler, 14.2 cm long, rhodium plated trim, roller clip, 18K white gold nib is a smooth writer; a few scratches on the cap, some plating wear.
DATE: c. 1995 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $400
13222: Osmia Supra Progress 196: large grey-green pearl pump-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual Vacumatic-style filling system, transparent barrel with web patterning, notable two-tone nib is an elegant writer. Overall condition is fine to excellent, but for heat shrinkage to marbled area at end of barrel.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $350