11522: A. A. Waterman twist-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with full gold filled overlay, diamond and snail pattern, all-metal cap, 14.25 cm long, name lightly and elegantly engraved on barrel, hard rubber filling knob crisp, #5 nib is a responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1500
11926: A. A. Waterman twist-filler: gold filled filigree slip-cap, 14.6 cm long, hard rubber glossy and unfaded with strong imprints, only slight posting scratches, metal crisp and unbrassed, monogram skilfully engraved in indicia; #2 nib with distinctive three-lobed vent hole.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $850
12852: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with hand-engraved gold filled overlay, 12.7 cm long, ribbed section, distinctive Aikin Lambert #1 nib with vent hole set back, not connected to slit; opens up wide with only slight pressure, easy flex. Hairline along left edge of nib, only goes all the way through at the very front (see details). Overlay in excellent condition but for some plating flaking along the top rim of the cap top.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $400
9987: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with lattice-like floral gold filled overlay in relief; 13.3 cm long, unusual but characteristically Aikin #1 nib with round vent hole behind but not connected to the slit, ribbed section; barrel engraved "A/AND/C", metal very clean with no brassing, only a few shallow flat spots on cap crown, hard rubber nice and dark.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850
13137: Aikin Lambert Mercantile: rare black chased hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.3 cm long, gold filled trim, identical to a Waterman 42½V but for imprints, nib, and feed; nib has semistub tip. Waterman acquired Aikin Lambert around 1907.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium flex • $245
12164: Aikin Lambert retracting dip pen: gold filled with extending ebonized wood taper, 7.6 cm long closed, 12.5 cm extended excluding nib; holder unmarked, ventless gold Aikin Lambert #5 nib is very flexible but scratchy, not easy to control when wide open; flat spot on middle turned ridge of taper finial.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $200
13080: Aikin Lambert retracting dip pen: gold filled body, fully marked, transparent celluloid faux agate taper with metal and pearl inlay work on both sides; 12 cm long retracted, 13.4 cm extended excluding ventless 14K gold Aikin Lambert #2 nib. Writes like a steel dip pen, sharp and toothy with pressure.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
11564: Aikin Lambert sleeve-filler: black hard rubber self-filler, gold filled hand engraved overlay, 14.1 cm long, barrel sleeve rotates to provide access to pressure bar (Waterman's first sleeve-filler patent of 1905, but used only on subbrand pens and Aikin Lamberts, after Waterman's takeover of Aikin Lambert c. 1907); #2 nib is lively and expressive, a few shallow marks to the cap crown, condition otherwise excellent; a high quality pen with an unusual filling mechanism.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1250
13010: American Fountain Pen Co. Moore's Non-Leakable: rare early model retracting-nib safety with short cap and slotted sleeve, 14.65 cm long, gold filled high relief floral filigree barrel overlay with monogram engraved in cartouche; #2 nib is extremely flexible but has a hairline from the vent hole (see detail), condition of pen is otherwise notable, hard rubber crisp and glossy, some scratches on barrel from rubbing of sleeve, safety post inside cap missing.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $1200
12591: American Fountain Pen Co. Moore's Non-Leakable: mottled hard rubber retracting-nib safety, 11.7 cm long, sleeve end marked "1", even wear, good color, flexible nib, no safety post in cap.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $425
11383: American Fountain Pen Co. Moore's Non-Leakable in box: smooth black hard rubber retracting-nib safety, 14.4 cm long, crisp and glossy, long-tined American-marked #2 nib writes an elegantly shaded line. With original paper band on cap noting that the pen was sold already filled, instructions, and lower half of original box. Has not had barrel seal replaced, not guaranteed ink-tight.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $350
12917: Artcraft lever-filler: black with 18K solid gold French-hallmarked overlay, 12.3 cm long, marked only on the gold filled lever. Artcraft was a small company that started in Birmingham, Alabama; in the mid-1930s, it moved to Argentina. The warranted nib is consistent with other Argentine Artcrafts. Scattered light dings to the overlay, total weight 24.3 g.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $650
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
13204: Bayard Excelsior 630: large black French-made lever-filler, 12.7 cm long, chrome plated trim, distinctively French Deco styling, 18K nib writes a nicely shaded line; crisp imprints, a few pit marks on the cap under the clip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $150
12726: Bayard Fit: small dark green accordion-sac pump-filler, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim, made in France, 18K Bayard nib, original sac intact, "744" on blind cap, crisp imprints, some shrinkage to cap (see details).
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $145
12734: Bayard Soennecken 739: small black French-made pump-filler, 11.75 cm long, gold filled trim, hooded nib; original accordion sac has been replaced by a conventional sac, fill pen by twisting transparent plunger instead of pressing (as described here).
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $165
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
11527: Century eyedropper-filler: slender black hard rubber slip-cap with full gold filled overlay, 13.5 cm long, over and under feed; despite Century's close ties to Parker, this pen most closely resembles a Waterman of the era -- the overlay likely coming from a common source, Heath. Sound overall condition, noting trace plating wear to high edges and more severe wear to the barrel's posting end (see details).
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: fine flex • $650
13224: Century sleeve-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with gold filled barrel overlay, 14 cm long, unmarked but clearly of Century manufacture with distinctive rotating sleeve design (the section is turned to reveal the pressure bar). "S" engraved in barrel cartouche, #2 warranted nib of good quality is a responsive writer with considerable flex.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $365
12664: Chilton 98: oversize "Deco Band" pneumatic-filler in green pearl and black marble, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, no brassing, bold imprints, big Chilton nib is a responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $985
9839: Chilton Golden Quill: black pneumatic filler, 13.9 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window; rare late minimalist design, elegantly understated detailing on clip, crest, and applied cap escutcheon. Name on barrel, replacement warranted nib is smooth and responsive.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium flex • $850
9875: Chilton pneumatic-filler: mottled hard rubber ringtop, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent color, sharp imprints, responsive Chilton nib has the beginnings of a hairline from the vent hole and a tight hairline emerging from under the section.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine flex • $275
9848: Chilton pneumatic-filler: black chased hard rubber ringtop, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, moderate fading, imprint light but fully legible, smooth and responsive Chilton nib has the beginnings of a hairline from the vent hole, but should cause no problems unless used with a heavy hand.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $225
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
10507: Conklin 2: black hard rubber crescent-filler with sinous Art Nouveau gold filled filigree overlay, 10.8 cm long; early "PAT. PENDING" clip imprint, "2" imprint on posting end, name on cap overlay, #2 Conklin nib is a smooth writer with considerable line width variation.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $600
11379: Conklin 2: black hard rubber screw-cap crescent-filler with sinuous Art Nouveau gold filled filigree overlay, 12.9 cm long; early "PAT. PENDING" clip imprint, #2 Conklin nib is a wet writer with considerable line width variation. End of lock ring broken off, but enough remains to secure crescent.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium fine flex • $625
11689: Conklin 2: black hard rubber 3/4 length crescent-filler with rose gold filled filigree overlay, 11.3 cm long, "Dot" engraved on cap top and date "1919" in cap cartouche; #2 nib gives much line width variation.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $500
12443: Conklin 75: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim, big #7 nib is a responsive writer; more wear to the barrel than to the cap, nice sound example of the largest model of crescent-filler Conklin ever offered.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $895
13105: Conklin lever-filler set in box: gold filled "all-metal" pen, checkerboard pattern engine turning, 12.4 cm long, #3 nib, early long lever with spring-loaded pressure bar; matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, both engraved with monogram "H. E. S." Box as is, with outer paper hinge torn, pen and pencil both nice and clean, slightly more wear to the pencil.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $325
10946: Conklin Nozac: rare vest pocket size piston-filler, 11.4 cm long, black with gold filled trim, original price sticker, perfect barrel transparency with herringbone pattern; mechanism in excellent working order, original piston seal has not been replaced and is probably not ink tight.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $650
11686: Conklin Nozac: black veined grey-green pearl marbled piston-filler, 12-sided fluted cap and barrel, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, inlaid gold glitter crescent logo above clip, 5000-word "Word Gauge" scale on barrel; nib opens with light writing pressure, but not far -- nice shading, not full flex.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $450
12240: Conklin S3: mottled hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, 13.4 cm long, nickel plated trim; narrow "keel" feed, #3 Conklin nib is toothy, like a steel dip pen, crack from vent hole should be stable if not flexed; even wear, imprints worn but present.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450
12202: Conklin S7: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.6 cm long, gold filled trim, long-tined #7 nib, clip with "PAT. PENDING" imprint; good chasing and imprints, pitting at end of barrel is a manufacturing defect, from porosity in the hard rubber (see detail). Large #7 and #8-size Conklins are hard to find, especially those predating the 75.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium flex • $875