12614: American Fountain Pen Co. Moore's Non-Leakable: mottled hard rubber retracting-nib safety, 11.7 cm long, sleeve end marked "1" and "2.50"; even wear, one flake from posting end flange (see detail).
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub • $395
13045: Aurora Etiopia: legendary Italian rarity, ivory celluloid ink-pellet eyedropper-filler, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, introduced in 1936 to commemorate the Italian conquest of Ethiopia. This example, imprinted "COLONIAL SAND & STONE CO." on the barrel, belongs to a group specially ordered by Generoso Pope, one of the most powerful and prominent Italian-American businessmen of his time. Very few Etiopias were exported, and the "MADE IN ITALY" on this pen's blind cap is unusual.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium stub flex • $1950
7259: Aurora Olo: red pearl button-filler, 13.2 cm long, chrome plated trim, bold barrel imprint, Olo #3 nib has scant iridium and is rather draggy, but very flexible; filler button is an old replacement, as also appears to be the case with the blind cap (which lacks a metal end cap).
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $385
12754: Carey eyedropper-filler in box: black hard rubber straight-cap, gold filled chased pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long, nearly identical to a contemporary Aikin Lambert, narrow feed, #2 Carey nib has been retipped, is extremely soft and should be used with a light touch; "Cecilia" engraved on barrel cartouche, cap crown disk bumped askew from dings to cap top bead (see detail); fancy box is clean with full Carey markings on the interior.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $895
12957: Century eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber taper-cap, 15 cm long, over and under feed, imprint with 1893 patent date. Moderate even fading, imprints and chasing are sharp except where heat-softened towards front of barrel, nib is usable as is but has lost its tipping. An early pen of excellent quality, from a company closely tied to Parker.
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $250
9415: Conklin 10 Special: black hard rubber #1-size slip-cap crescent-filler, 12.9 cm long, nickel plated trim, imprints clear and strong; a rare and elusive model, to our knowledge not documented in any surviving catalog or advertisement -- many Conklin collectors are not even aware that Conklin made a #1-size pen.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium italic flex • $850
12201: Conklin 75: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.4 cm long, gold filled trim, massive #7 nib has a hairline through the base of the imprint, but should be stable as the nib is so thick and rigid; good chasing and imprints, a touch of brassing to the clip ends. The largest size crescent-filler Conklin ever offered, especially uncommon as a later-production flat-top.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine italic • $950
12649: Conklin Nozac: black V-line piston-filler, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, 5-M "Word Gauge", good imprints, unusual wide cap band, notable "Cushon Point" nib.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub semiflex • $465
11531: Conway Stewart Universal 479: deep red swirl with black veins, bandless lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, nickel plated trim, nib has just the very beginning of a hairline from the vent hole, too small to photograph.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium broad oblique semiflex • $150
11212: De La Rue Onoto set in box: black hard rubber plunger-filler, 14.85 cm long, gold filled barrel overlay, matching cap crown, both with French hallmarks; #3 Onoto nib is an unusual sharp-edged italic with considerable flexibility. Boxed with a De La Rue patent injector pencil that appears to use 1.1 mm lead, but requires repair; pencil has some brassing, and comes with a well-constructed lead holder of hard rubber with a gold filled overlay; box interior rather tattered.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine italic flex • $650
13191: Esterbrook Relief No. 2-L: black celluloid lever-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, strong imprints, mild discoloration to red casein cap crown trim band, usual plating wear to thinly-washed clip, 14K gold Relief nib.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine italic oblique • $150
11862: Eversharp Skyline: brown lever-filler, 13.3 cm long, 1/10 14K gold filled over silver ribbed cap, some scratches to the barrel, unusual nib, smooth and wet, shows more line width variation with ink that is not so free-flowing.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine stub • $125
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
11979: Hicks telescoping eyedropper-filler: gold filled ringtop, 8.5 cm long, bulbous-ended pen pulls out of long suspension sheath, telescopes out to 10.2 cm long -- does not post. Hicks nib is marked "LONDON" and "14CT" (Hicks had a substantial British market) and has considerable soft flex. An unusual form, shallow bump to end bulb.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $450
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
11132: Mabie Todd Swan: hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with extremely rare Fleur-de-lys pattern gold filled high relief overlay; 13.5 cm long, full Mabie Todd & Bard imprint on barrel with 1880s patent dates, classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire "tail". Initial on cap, name on barrel, only a handful of examples of this design are currently known, with a silver specimen selling for over $11,000 on eBay in November 2013.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium stub flex • $4500
11272: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with solid 18K gold barleycorn pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long, tool marks on posting end and on section overlay (see details), but pattern and imprints all sharp and clean. #2 New York nib is sharp-cut, with classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire feed tail.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine italic flex • $1600
12717: Mabie Todd Swan in box: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with full heavy 18K solid gold overlay, checkerboard pattern engine turning, 13.1 cm long, in extra-fancy original box with instructions, dropper still below pad, though bulb is hardened and broken. Pen is US-made, for the English market, slip-on clip is added and appears to be solid gold as well, total pen weight is 21g. Metal is undinged and with full London hallmarks, excellent but for what appears to be a polished-out inscription on the barrel.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $1100
12936: Mabie Todd Swallow combination: black and cream lever-filler, 15.9 cm long, gold filled trim, New York production, fine color, good imprints, eraser under cap crown, uses 1.1 mm lead, smooth and responsive #2 M.T. & Co. nib. Strong imprints, some plating wear to lower cap band, pencil mechanism loose (lead will push back in use unless cone is held to prevent rotation).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $295
10741: Mabie Todd Swan Leverless: gold filled overlay twist-filler, 13.7 cm long, new old stock; made in England, crisp engine turned panels; overlaid section, #2 Swan nib opens up with light pressure for a broad, bold line.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium stub flex • $525
10545: Manos Standard: black chased celluloid piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, made in Austria, replaced brass dip pen nib, piston mechanism turns but not guaranteed ink-tight or functional; usual barrel warpage, tool marks on filler knob. 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: G* • NIB: medium oblique • $45
13207: Matho's safety: black chased hard rubber, French-market, 9.4 cm long, with an 18K warranted nib marked "MADE IN U.S.A." Nib is very soft, opens with light pressure, top surface slightly wavy from past restraightening, pen is otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $95
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
9996: Parker 70: rare gold filled telescoping ringtop, 10.6 cm long, extends to 12.3 cm (excluding cap, which is not designed to post onto the barrel); overlay is crisp and unbrassed, name engraved very lightly on the cap, the inevitable two dings to the side of the bulbous barrel end. Intact Lucky Curve feed with notably smooth and calligraphic #3 Lucky Curve nib.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: broad stub superflex • $1800
10935: Parker Black Giant: oversize black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.75 cm long, worn but sound, #12 Lucky Curve nib with downwards-bent tip writes a finely shaded line. A rare pen with a special provenance: its barrel is engraved "W. W. Vautsmeier/U. S. Army" -- Major Walter W. Vautsmeier, a flight instructor during WW1 who died in 1922 in the crash of the Roma, an Italian-made semi-rigid dirigible and the last US military airship to be filled with hydrogen (more background here).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $2850
13133: Parker Lucky Curve: long slender black celluloid button-filler, 13.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, wear to milling at ends but good barrel imprint, #2 Lucky Curve nib is a lively writer, limited but responsive flex.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine stub flex • $165
12897: Parker Duette: small bronze and cream button-filler, 11.3 cm long, gold filled trim, strong barrel imprint, notably good color. Nib has what appears to be a stable stress hairline from the base, cap has a patch of increased transparency next to the clip (see details).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub • $200
12638: Parker Premiere: large Depression-era white-veined red-brown "Mahogany" button-filler, 12.4 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada, Canadian Duofold nib.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub • $275
12206: Parker Vacumatic Junior: small Golden Web, 11.75 cm long, gold filled trim, lockdown filler, made in Canada, good barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, good transparency, multiple sealed cap lip cracks (see details); notable super-broad oblique nib has some deep scratches on and around the imprint, and there is a longitudinal hairline from the vent hole -- should be stable but could readily be repaired, overall appearance fine.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-broad italic oblique • $265
12564: Parker Duofold International set in box: green marble, cartridge/converter (converter included), 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, made in England, notable factory italic nib came to us very scratchy, has been tuned and smoothed, now wonderfully calligraphic; pen has 1st quarter 1996 date code, matching 0.7 mm pencil has slightly later "E" date code. In original inner and outer boxes, with guarantee and instructions.
DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-broad italic • $795
12388: Parker-Osmia Duofold Special: black button-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, made in USA for sale in Germany; nice clear barrel imprint, Duofold nib with "Y" code letter, "M" imprint denoting nib width on section is typically German; the Parker-Osmia venture lasted only from late 1927 to the end of 1929, Parker then sold Osmia back to its former owners.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $695
11494: Salz (?) eyedropper-filler: miniature black hard rubber ringtop, 6.7 cm long, red casein crown, gold filled ringtop fitting. Unmarked, fine quality, noting manufacturing flaw, divot in side of barrel (see detail).
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $60
11526: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: mottled hard rubber slip-cap, 13.1 cm long, #3 size with notably calligraphic teardrop-vent nib. No visible imprints, mechanically perfect, early production with thin-lipped cap, tapering section.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: broad italic semiflex • $350
11211: Unic Duocolor: French-market version of Zerollo's famous two-nibbed fountain pen, boldly patterned red and black hard rubber, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, bold imprints with patent number and both Unic and Zerollo names, crisp knurling at cap top. Condition is like new, noting a tiny nick to the cap lip (see detail; very common on these pens). Unusually, the nibs are different in tip width, one being more calligraphic and the other more suitable for note-taking.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium stub flex/fine semiflex • $6500
11971: Waterman 12: mottled hard rubber clipless eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, early example with 1898 patent date on cap, barrel imprint with globe and both 1884 patent dates, patent dates also imprinted on spoon feed; imprints bold and deep, excellent color, #2 nib is a notable writer but has the beginnings of a stress crack from the left side of the vent hole.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium stub flex • $285
13205: Waterman 22: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.6 cm long, gold filled trim, narrow #2 nib with early imprint, even moderate fading.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $250
10903: Waterman 402: slender black hard rubber straight cap eyedropper-filler, sterling silver overlay in fine barleycorn pattern, full London hallmarks with date letter for 1904/5; 14.35 cm long, Waterman globe logo on posting end nice and legible, "Eva" engraved in barrel cartouche. Patent date imprint on narrow spoon feed, unusual nib with very wide factory italic tip.
DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad italic • $1100
11921: Waterman 12: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with London-hallmarked sterling silver overlay, bloodstone seal cap top, 13.3 cm long; Canadian #2 nib is a notable writer, some scratches and shallow marks to the silver. Presentation box has a silver badge on top for the Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club. Seal-top Watermans are rare, especially in silver.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium stub flex • $1875
13091: Waterman 0312½ Filigree: rare slender half-overlay eyedropper-filler, black hard rubber, gold filled trefoil pattern on barrel, 11.7 cm long, fully marked, imprint on cap, notable nib is Canadian, though rest of pen is USA production -- consistent with this pen's UK provenance. Cap lip has been replaced, seam visible only from inside.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-broad stub flex • $395
11573: Waterman 432: rare short version, black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with sterling silver London-hallmarked barleycorn overlay, 11.1 cm long; no model number stamp on end, as is typical of British-market Watermans. Feed with patent imprints, long internal tail, notable nib with massive tip.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-broad stub flex • $950
9184: Waterman 442½V in box: black hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.6 cm long, smooth sterling silver overlay with hard to find telescoping outer cap; metal clean, imprints on hard rubber strong, initials "M.W.D." on barrel. Patent imprints on feed, responsive nib.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $500
12894: Waterman 42: black chased hard rubber standard-size safety, 11.9 cm long, 18K gold filled trim, no brassing, bold imprints, hard rubber crisp and glossy, one tiny scuff above barrel imprint, nib imprint slightly later (mid-1920s).
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $295
8907: Waterman 472: uncommon black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay; 13.1 cm long, London hallmarks, number at barrel end is simply "72" with no hundreds column digit, as is typical for English-market Watermans; 1925-dated presentation inscription, nice stub #2 nib has an incipient hairline from the vent hole, but should be stable if used without excessive writing pressure; even wear, light marks to metal, one tiny stress crack where barrel overlay crimped in place (see detail; for some reason these are extremely common in English-market Waterman overlays).
DATE: 1920 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $565
12973: Waterman 42½: black chased hard rubber slender full-length clipless safety, 12.8 cm long, London-hallmarked 9K solid gold barrel bands, strong imprints, moderate fading, notable long-tined #2 nib, front barrel band cracked but firmly attached.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: broad stub flex • $295
13221: Waterman 7 Ripple: large red and black hard rubber lever-filler with scarce and desirable "Blue" nib and crown band, 14.4 cm long, gold filled trim, good color and imprints, original casein color band darkened but intact, sharp-cut calligraphic keyhole-vent nib.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium italic semiflex • $695
12679: Waterman 7 Emerald Ray set in box: green and black pearl lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, keyhole vent "Red" nib; Waterman's second-largest model of the era, very hard to find in any color other than black. Matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, high Art Deco styling complemented by the display box; more wear to the pen than the pencil, box is like new.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $695
13138: Waterman Citation Taperite: black slip-cap lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim with wide cap band, hooded nib (Waterman's short-lived response to the Parker 51).
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub • $150
12373: Wirt lever-filler: black chased hard rubber ring top, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, distinctive and characteristically Wirt blade-shaped solid metal lever; ventless gold nib, vented flat feed, unusual barrel construction, made from plugged tubing, hard rubber faded but chasing good, no maker imprint as is typical of these small Wirts. Comes with period suspension cord to wear around the neck.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine stub semiflex • $125
12155: unmarked safety: black chased hard rubber, clipless, 13.3 cm long, good quality German manufacture, 14K nib is long-tined and opens up wide with very light pressure.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $295
11555: unmarked safety pen: clipless black chased hard rubber European retracting-nib eyedropper-filler, 12.5 cm long, fine quality, notable bold smooth nib.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-broad oblique • $265