13641: A. A. Waterman 70: rare oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap twist-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated trim, #7 Modern nib with characteristic trefoil vent hole, opens wide with minimal pressure. Good chasing and strong imprints, including the infamous "NOT CONNECTED WITH/THE L. E. WATERMAN CO." disclaimer. Hard rubber has been professionally dye-reblackened.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $695
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
13802: Artbrown safety: unusual and interesting mix of styles, Vac-like end jewels, cap like an early 1940s Waterman Emblem Pen; 11.7 cm long, gold plated trim, nib is gold plated stainless steel, cap and barrel appear to be lacquered hard rubber. Internal spiral has been repaired, seals replaced. Japanese-made safety pens are uncommon.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $265
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 • $250
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 • $450
13807: Conway Stewart 28: lavender candystripe lever-filler, gold filled trim, 12.8 cm long, evenly faded from red (original color visible inside cap and on front part of barrel), #5 nib has worn imprint but is a smoothly calligraphic writer, plating losses to clip, good overall appearance, cap posts only very loosely on barrel end.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $120
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
13465: De La Rue Onoto: long black hard rubber plunger-filler, gold filled barrel overlay, 15 cm long, responsive nib, French hallmarks on 1922 patent clip and overlay; brassing to clip but none to overlay, cap threads that connect upper and lower parts of cap have been repaired, and are now stronger than new.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine stub flex • $385
13736: Eagle combination: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1911, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo. Good sound example of later production with clip, moderate fading, imprints and chasing all good, notably precise and responsively calligraphic nib.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $275
13747: Esterbrook Relief 314: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, fully Esterbrook-marked, manufactured by Wirt. Characteristic bottom-vented Wirt feed, pen shows no sign of ever having been filled, ventless gold Esterbrook-marked nib has one superficial nick or tool mark on the top right tine (see detail).
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium oblique italic • $950
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
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
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
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
13813: Mabie Todd Swan Military Safety: uncommon screw-cap black chased hard rubber ink-tablet eyedropper-filler, 14.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, New York production but bearing retail imprint on cap top of Mark Cross of London; even fading, imprints legible, marked "PAT. APPL'D FOR", typical flakes off very end of ink compartment knob (see detail).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium broad stub flex • $495
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
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
13425: Moore Non-Leakable: black hard rubber retracting-nib safety with smooth gold filled overlay, 12.1 cm long, Moore #2 nib; one shallow ding and some pinprick marks to the cap, small patch of corrosion at front of barrel overlay (see details), safety post inside cap is absent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $650
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
13552: Parker 018: rare black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, spearhead Lucky Curve feed, barrel imprint heavily worn, no visible cap imprint, hairline from vent hole of teardrop-vent Lucky Curve nib should be repaired if pen is to be used extensively, otherwise usable as is.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $250
13647: Parker 25 Click-Filler: extremely rare oversize hard rubber slip-cap self-filler, Parker's first (patent number 791,466); 15.4 cm long, imprints worn but present, #5 Lucky Curve keyhole vent nib is a notably elegant writer. Cap lip crack has been repaired and is virtually invisible from the outside, even under magnification. To fill, push front of nickel plated pressure bar with fingernail to unlock while depressing rear protrusion to flatten sac; pull same protrusion back to allow sac to reinflate and to relock the pressure bar with a "click". This is only the second Parker click-filler we have offered in the past 20 years in any size. #5 was the largest size sold, and rarely seen.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $1650
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. 1917 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: broad stub superflex • $1600
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
14000: Parker Jack-Knife Safety: black chased hard rubber button-filler, 11.4 cm long, nickel plated trim, notable #2 Lucky Curve nib, intact Lucky Curve feed, blind cap is an old unmarked replacement, damage to blind cap threads at end of barrel does not affect function, condition otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $165
13753: Parker Duofold Junior: rare and unusual Canadian button-filler in orange Permanite (celluloid) but with giant barrel imprint normally seen only on early hard rubber pens; 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, single raised cap band, nib is notably calligraphic.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $495
13414: Parker Duofold Special: black streamline button-filler, 12.7 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada, some posting scratches to barrel from cap, enjoyable nib.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium stub semiflex • $275
13620: Parker button-filler: uncommon Depression-era model, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, like a Deluxe Challenger but different trim, colored rather than black ends; 2nd quarter date codes on both barrel and nib.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine stub • $165
13599: Parker Vacumatic Debutante: Golden Pearl laminate, 11.75 cm long, striped jewels and section, scarce "star"clip; good barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, fine barrel transparency, notable factory stub nib, original aluminum Speedline filler has been replaced with a 1940s plastic-plunger unit.
DATE: 1938 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub semiflex • $265
13667: Parker Victory Mark I: blue pearl and black marbled button-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, bold writing calligraphic nib.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: broad stub • $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 • $695
13546: Record safety: miniature ringtop, black hard rubber with 18K gold filled octagonal overlay, 8.2 cm long, excellent but for one small ding to the side of the cap. "Record" pens were made by Cavaliere of Milan, the leading producer of metal overlays in Italy and supplier to Waterman, Montblanc, Astoria, and others.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $265
13808: Sheaffer Univer: small black and cream flat-top lever-filler, 11.1 cm long, gold filled trim, strong barrel imprints, "UNIVER" marked nib, slight heat distortion at ends does not affect function, more felt than seen.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub firm • $90
13921: Soennecken 222 Extra: uncommon blue-green snakeskin piston-filler, 12.85 cm long, gold filled trim, filler knob has locking mechanism: pull to release, then twist to empty or fill; barrel imprint sharp, also lightly marked "VERLAG DR. STOYTSCHEFF" on opposite side; noteworthy nib, smooth and lively. Condition excellent but for roughness to clip plating, depigmentation of aging celluloid around barrel threads (see details).
DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: broad oblique semiflex • $395
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
13613: Waterman Remex: black chased hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.8 cm long, narrow 3-fissure long-tailed feed, Remex nib is an elegant writer, good imprints and chasing, though crisper on the cap than on the barrel, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $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
13614: Waterman Remex: smooth black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.8 cm long, a Waterman sub-brand model made specifically for the Royster Guano Company and so imprinted; moderate even fading, nib has a stress line from the vent hole. An unusual but known model, we have seen a few examples over the years.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $245
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
13303: Waterman 412S Filigree: early black hard rubber safety with sterling silver overlay, 12.8 cm long, threaded turning knob, early mechanism with helically-grooved barrel interior, nib turns as it is extended and retracted, #2 New York nib has a few marks from past restraightening, easy soft flex. Hard rubber shows even fading to dark brown, good imprints, silver nicely patinated, internal mechanism repaired, seals replaced.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad stub flex • $800
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 • $465
8403: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.1 cm long, a rare but catalogued factory model most often found in France and England (a version appears on p. 53 of Waterman's 1908 USA catalog under "Special Mountings" as Emerald End Special Fluted, priced at $50 -- more than three times the cost of a full sterling silver Snake); London hallmarks are worn but mostly legible, one ding to the side of the cap, #4 nib with unusual turnup grind at tip; the smooth silver version of this pen is several times rarer than the fluted version in gold, which is itself quite hard to find.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium oblique • $1950
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
13761: Waterman 58: oversize black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 15.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, excellent original color and gloss, has not been reblackened, a couple of scratches on the side of the cap (see detail).
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $865
10883: Waterman 58 Cardinal: giant red hard rubber lever-filler, 15.5 cm long, 18K gold filled trim, a fine example of a very scarce pen, all imprints clearly legible, #8 nib is a smooth and responsive writer; 3 mm long hairline at bottom of section mouth hard to see, does not go all the way through (see details), does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine stub flex • $2685
13728: Waterman Patrician: oversize "Onyx" lever-filler, 13.9 cm long, red hard rubber ends and section, gold filled trim, all original and mechanically sound, noting typical discoloration, wear to lever plating, and engraved name on clip.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $695
13324: Waterman 7 Ripple: red and black hard rubber lever-filler with scarce and desirable "Blue" nib and band, 14.4 cm long, gold filled trim, 9K solid gold London-hallmarked cap band; barrel imprints worn but fully present, slight even fading to hard rubber. Nib is sharp-edged, calligraphic.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium italic semiflex • $750
13532: Webster Four Star: striated silver-grey pearl twist-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, section with transparent ink window, Four Star nib with turnup tip, over the top military clip; a true twist-filler directly descended from A. A. Waterman, here made for retail by Sears as an own-brand pen of excellent quality.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $145
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