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10032: Palmer Method pinback button: penmanship award, 2.1 cm diameter, four available, price is per button, specify which desired when ordering.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG-exc • $35
10130: Palmer Method pinback button: penmanship award, 1.9 cm diameter, for having "SATISFACTORILY MASTERED THE FIRST 25 DRILLS IN THE PALMER METHOD MANUAL"; two available, price is per button -- specify which desired.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $35
11995: Pelikan 100: classic German piston-filler, 11.7 cm long, black hard rubber cap and filler mechanism, brown celluloid barrel, gold filled trim; original cork seal has been replaced with O-rings, cap imprints very weak, filler knob milling fine, slight shrinkage of black binde around reinforcing ring at end of barrel (see detail).
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $395
12472: Pelikan 100: classic German piston-filler, 11.65 cm long, gold filled trim, hard rubber cap, section, and filler unit are hard rubber; original binde, but dark green barrel is a modern reproduction of excellent quality, visually identical to the original; noteworthy nib.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • SOLD
9394: Pelikan 100N: classic piston-filler, 12.2 cm long, transparent green barrel, uncommon grey pearl barrel sleeve; "M" imprint on filler unit, cap band plating rough, strong imprints on cap crown, synthetic plunger seal has been replaced, responsive nib with considerable flex.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $600
12790: Pelikan 450 injector pencil: brown and striped "tortoiseshell" celluloid, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, first model without eraser, good imprint, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $125
11239: Pelikan 400: tortoiseshell striated piston-filler, brown cap and filling knob, 12.5 cm long, gold filled trim, nib marked "KF", matching "F" imprint on filler knob, original piston seal still sound, barrel transparency excellent. Stress hairline on back of cap is stable since over metal liner (see detail).
DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine • $225
10270: Pelikan 60 pencil: dark green, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim; singular "Knickebein" mechanism advances lead when pencil is "bent" between the fingers (see video here); a real conversation piece, quite scarce and desirable, uses 1.1 mm lead. Two hairlines in the front of the barrel next to the nose cone (see detail), do not affect function as the front part of the barrel has a brass liner, appearance excellent.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine* • $295
12788: Pelikan 350 injector pencil: classic black with green stripes, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $90
12752: Pelikan 60 pencil: dark green, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim; singular "Knickebein" mechanism advances lead when pencil is "bent" between the fingers (see video here); a real conversation piece, quite scarce and desirable, uses 1.1 mm lead. "PHILIPS" imprinted on barrel, tool marks to nose cone.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine • $275
12486: Pelikan 400NN: piston-filler, 13.1 cm long, black cap and turning knob, green striated barrel, original foil nib grade sticker partially present.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine • $300
12676: Pelikan 355 ballpoint: striped green pearl and black, 13.25 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent appearance but name removed from back of upper barrel (see detail). Uses Schneider Express 75 refills.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: VG* • $80
12694: Pelikan M200 demonstrator: transparent piston-filler, 12.7 cm long, gold plated trim, plated screw-in nib, scarce model marked "W. GERMANY", predating Pelikan's mass release of transparent models at the end of the 1990s; mint with sticker, no original packaging.
DATE: c. 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $350
11965: Pen-N-Pencil Twinpoint: 14K gold filled all-metal lever-filler, 13.2 cm long; crisp grouped lines pattern, excellent quality, fully marked, #2 Twinpoint nib is a smooth writer. Unusual model, in that the Pen-N-Pencil Co. mostly made combos, as the Twinpoint model name suggests. No brassing or dents, name engraved on barrel.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $200
12386: Pen-O-Pencil Twinpoint combo: gold pearl and black marbled lever-filler, 14.9 cm long, gold filled trim, casein color band on barrel, nice strong imprint with "PAT. APP. FOR", pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, #4 Twinpoint nib is a responsive writer; a hairline crack in the cap lip has been repaired nearly invisibly, the only trace being a line resembling a faint scratch (see detail).
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine semiflex • $200
12161: Perfecto II Lyx: large striated silver pearl piston-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim, a Danish brand, but made in Germany; excellent quality and heft, the size of a #6-size Montblanc of the era, nib is smooth and responsive, requires a bit of pressure to open up. Appears to be new old stock, as new.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine flex • $250
11654: Pick Fountpencil stylographic pen: black lever-filler with bright red ends, 12.2 cm long, nickel plated trim, weighted needle intact and a smooth writer; barrel imprint reads "THE UNIVERSAL STYLO CO./FOREST HILLS, L.I., N.Y." but pen is clearly a Pick.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $150
11903: Pick Fountpencil stylographic pen: black lever-filler with bright red ends, 12.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, weighted needle intact and a smooth writer.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $150
11545: Platinum eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber with red-brown lacquer, 13.3 cm long, chrome plated trim; typically Japanese design with Onoto-style ink shutoff valve (not a plunger-filler), seal has been replaced. Steel nib is marked "POSTING" but is not firm or fine, as one would expect. Some pitting to nib, small chip in cap at left side of clip opening (see detail).
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • $165
12854: Platinum Sharp commemorative Ever Sharp pencil in box: specially made for the Sharp Electronics Corporation, to commemorate one of founder Hayakawa Tokuji's first products; injector pencil uses .5 mm lead, chrome plated trim with applied spiral pattern; in gift-wrapped original packaging.
DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: mint • $80
11146: Presto lever-filler: dark maroon marbled oversize flat-top in Bakelite, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim; warranted #8 nib gives nice line variation with a bit of pressure. Shallow crease in barrel surface is a manufacturing flaw typical for the material. Bakelite was not commonly used for pens in the USA as its brittleness did not allow for thin-walled caps and barrels.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine semiflex • $165
12716: R. M. and Company quill knife: small folding pen knife, 5.4 cm long, closed; pearl scales, signed on blade, tight with strong snap.
DATE: c. 1840 • CONDITION: fine • $65
9862: Reform 1745: German-made piston-filler, 13 cm long, gold plated trim, green barrel with black cap and filler knob. Pelikan-style screw-in interchangeable nib unit, two-tone plated steel nib, blue-tinted ink window. New old stock, with sticker -- several available. Please note that at this price, we cannot test and tune nibs as we do for our regular stock items: we are selling these as found, from the factory.
DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $20
12209: Reynolds Rocket ballpoint desk set: rare institutional desk version of Reynolds' infamous pioneer ballpoint; pen is anodized aluminum, ball tip is intact, original refill has not been replaced, nonfunctional as is, chain attachment to black-finished cast zinc base, screw hole in front of base to allow permanent attachment to a counter or table.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine* • $165
6796: Reynolds Rocket ballpoint: aluminum with black anodized end, 12 cm long, aluminum sliding tip cover, Reynolds-marked chrome clip; tip ball missing, not in working condition.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine* • $60
11020: Reynolds International ballpoint: aluminum, main barrel finished in dark purple-blue; 14.6 cm long, not working, a relic of the beginnings of the postwar ballpoint craze; original price was $12.50 -- as much as the top-line fountain pens of the era.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine* • $105
6964: Reynolds International ballpoint: aluminum, 14.5 cm long; not working, a relic of the beginnings of the postwar ballpoint craze; original price was $12.50 -- as much as the top-line fountain pens of the era.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine • $95
6797: Reynolds Rocket ballpoint: aluminum with black anodized end, 12.3 cm long, clipless model, black plastic sliding tip cover; cartridge intact but dried out.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $50
10373: Rodgers scraper: ink eraser, 13.2 cm long, flat wooden handle, end probably intended to serve as a paper knife; marked "CUTLER TO/HER MAJESTY", blade well worn and pitted, but still sharp and sound.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: G • $40
12462: Ronson Penciliter: all-metal combination pencil and lighter, chrome-plated with burgundy lacquer, 13.6 cm long, made in USA, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine • $50
9718: Rover safety: black hard rubber with gold filled overlay, 10.9 cm long, milled ends, translucent red inlay in cap crown; most Rover pens appear to have been made by other makers, and this example seems to be a Montegrappa product. Seals have been replaced, a good writer, in clean condition aside from some plating wear.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $450
11484: Salz Peter Pan set in box: black hard rubber miniature ringtop eyedropper-filler with smooth gold filled overlay, 7.7 cm long, with matching 1.1 mm twist-action pencil. Excellent quality, as new.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $200
11967: Salz Peter Pan in box: miniature black hard rubber screw-cap ringtop eyedropper-filler, 8.7 cm long, gold filled trim, with original black neck ribbon, in Cincinnati retailer's box; no imprints, but identity known from other boxed examples.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $125
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
12701: Schnell The Arlington: smooth black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, crisp and glossy, 13.7 cm long, bold deep imprints, #5 Master Pen nib is missing tipping on one side, cannot be used to write as is. Julius Schnell was one of the most important suppliers of machined parts to the pen trade, but pens sold under his own name are rare, especially those predating his Penselpen combos of the late 1920s.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: near mint* • $295
7187: Schnell Penselpen: striking red and pearl pen-pencil ringtop combination, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, distinctive sliding bar filler, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; correct original nib and patent feed; sac removed to preserve near-perfect color.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra fine • $685
12725: Soma button-filler: burgundy, 11.7 cm long, gold filled trim, made in France, unusual feed matching in color, 18K warranted nib writes a nicely shaded line with normal writing pressure; slight irregularity of lowest cap band appears to be a manufacturing error.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $125
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
11378: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: mottled hard rubber slip-cap, 13.9 cm long, a high quality Massachusetts-made model, this example custom-marked as an "I. C. SPECIAL" with a warranted #3 nib. Barrel imprint very worn, includes 1900 patent dates, ribbed gripping area an early feature.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $275
10233: Stylographic Pen Co. stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.65 cm long, even fading and wear, 1881 patent date clearly legible, spring action gold needle is intact, as is the tip, spring is present but bent, does not wedge into recess in central rod as intended, not guaranteed functional as is.
DATE: c. 1882 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine • $150
12722: Stylomine 303: small grey accordion-sac pump-filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, sac intact, original chalk marks on barrel and blind cap, never filled; made in France.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $125
12733: Stylomine 303: small black French pump-filler, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, semi-hooded nib, chalk marks on barrel, original accordion sac has been replaced by a conventional sac, fill pen by twisting transparent plunger instead of pressing (as described here).
DATE: c. 1965 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine firm • $125
11063: The King safety: black hard rubber with 18K gold filled overlay, 11.25 cm long, Waterman-style, Italian manufacture, excellent quality, engine turning crisp, some light bumps to edge of cap crown, replacement warranted nib is a responsive writer, smooth and calligraphic.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $800
12618: Tiffany dip pen: beautiful sterling silver holder, 16.8 cm long excluding plated nib, with finely-chased floral repousse decoration with acanthus-bordered rings; fully marked, top-quality work, not to be confused with run-of-the-mill Tiffany-marked pens made by lesser subcontractors. Initials on holder, scattered marks.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $685
10944: Tiffany magic pencil: large hexagonal sterling silver ringtop, 13.8 cm long extended, 7.9 cm retracted, interesting 1911 presentation inscription with engravings of a thistle and roses; uses 1.5 mm (VS) lead.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $325
12713: Uhlmann Eterno: black hard rubber Italian safety, 18K gold filled overlay, 10.85 cm long, fully marked on cap and barrel, nib has nice flex but tipping is scant and rather draggy.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $275
12327: Unger Brothers dip pen: sterling silver, Art Nouveau grotesque mask design in high relief, 16.2 cm long excluding nib; highly desirable model from a premier American maker, fully marked, ferrule heavily dinged with split on one side (see details), but still fully functional; listed as model #7744 in Unger Brothers' catalog of 1904.
DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $1200
8942: Unger Brothers dip pen: sterling silver Art Nouveau sea serpent design in high relief, 16.6 cm long, excluding nib; highly desirable model from a premier American maker, fully marked; shallow denting to the ferrule, some splitting at front edge (see details), does not affect function; listed as #7743 in Unger Brothers' catalog of 1904.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • $1500
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
12330: Unic button-filler: small all-metal sterling silver ringtop, 8.4 cm long, made in France, full French hallmarks, 18K nib, mottled hard rubber feed (and section), overlay nicely engine turned, marked "MECAN".
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $150
11571: United States Fountain Pen Co. Victor: black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 1/10 18K gold filled overlay with hand engraved floral pattern, 13.5 cm long; Walker Davison #3 nib is a high quality old replacement. Brassing to ends of barrel overlay, cap has toothmarks at end and two test cuts (see details) -- a pity, as 90% of the overlay is crisp and clean.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: G-VG* • NIB: fine firm • $275
12249: Victorian pencil: 1/20 14K gold filled, short and stubby, 10.4 cm long, uses thick .125 inch (3.2 mm) lead, unidentified crown maker's mark, probably New York manufacture.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine • SOLD
12272: Villiers & Jackson cedar pencil holder: 9K solid gold fine barleycorn pattern ringtop, 6.85 cm long, weighs 7g.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $125
12264: Villiers & Jackson cedar pencil holder: smooth 9K solid gold ringtop, 5.6 cm long, full Chester hallmarks, weighs 6.6g, one small shallow ding.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120
12232: Webb, Baker sheath pencils: two, both in sterling silver, 6.5 and 6.9 cm long, one by Francis Webb of Birmingham, the other by Edward Baker, dings and wear, ring fitting rather crudely added to the Baker.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $60
12081: Weidlich & Simpson Simplofiller: rare oversize matchstick-filler in mottled hard rubber, 15.3 cm long, massive Weidlich #8 nib, pin at top of cap is inserted into hole in side of barrel to depress pressure bar; excellent barrel imprint, excellent color, small scratch on cap next to vent hole appears to be flaw in hard rubber stock (see detail).
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine firm • $1500
12234: William Vale & Sons sheath pencil: sterling silver ringtop, hand engraved, Birmingham hallmarks, 8.1 cm long.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $60
12843: Williamson Stylo: smooth black hard rubber lever-filler, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp imprints, intact weighted needle.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $165
10574: Williamson button-filler: Vacumatic-style burgundy pearl laminate, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Italy, very flexible long-tined Williamson nib, cap jewel appears to be a replacement (more rounded than usual conical profile).
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $600
10705: Wirt Phenix in box: mottled hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13 cm long, hard rubber glossy and unfaded with strong barrel imprint, classic Wirt ventless nib, feed with top and bottom channels. Nib tipping is missing, but tip is rounded and can be used as is; otherwise near mint.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine flex • $185
11502: Wirt eyedropper-filler: very small black hard rubber screw-cap, 7.35 cm long, gold filled trim, engraved monogram on wide cap band, original ringtop fitting missing or removed. Characteristic and distinctive Wirt vented underfeed, ventless #1 nib is a pleasant writer.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine semiflex • $95
12371: Wirt eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber screw-cap, 13.75 cm long, gold filled trim, pearl-slabbed barrel with unusually large number of unusually narrow slabs; marked only on the ventless gold nib, typical Wirt construction and design throughout, nib has good flex but tends to dig in if pressed, could be smoothed to provide more line variation; moderate fading, mostly to cap.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $675
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
11209: Zerollo Duo Color in box: legendary two-nibbed Italian pen in smooth black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, good strong cap imprint, clean original box.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $4650