6319: Aikin Lambert Pet display card: very rare original display, 15.2 cm high, with 6 out of 12 pens still present; pens are miniature ringtop eyedropper-fillers in black hard rubber, with red or light green casein ends and 14K gold nibs, averaging 6.4 cm long; unused and of excellent quality, they are rather evenly sun-faded, and one of the red tops has two chips on the side facing the card; from a long-closed New York area pen shop, the only example of its kind we have seen.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $650
11986: Astoria miniature safety: black hard rubber ringtop with Italian 18K gold filled filigree overlay, 7.8 cm long, Astoria-marked 14K nib; true filigree work in this case, with beaded wire, excellent quality, must be examined closely for full appreciation. Seals have not been replaced, not ink-tight.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine semiflex • $1650
11210: Dunhill Twopen: English-market version of the legendary Zerollo double-nibbed pen; helically-chased black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim. Crisp imprints, fully marked, both nibs very soft and flexible.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $4850
12391: Joseph Willmore dip pen: rare and early sterling silver presentation pen in the form of a quill, 24 cm long, full Birmingham hallmarks with 1810/11 date letter, engraved 1812 award inscription, unitary untipped nib. Pens of this sort were used as awards of merit at British schools. Slight separation of the upper "feathering" from the central spine towards the center, minor marring to nib area.
DATE: c. 1810 • CONDITION: fine* • $865
5972: Parker 23H: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, hexagonal body, 14.4 cm long, fully marked with 1891 and 1894 patent dates; unusual & desirable, good legible imprints, even fading, with the shadow of a now-removed add-on clip towards the top of the cap, keyhole-vent #3 Lucky Curve nib.
DATE: c. 1906 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $1200
9095: Parker 47 in box: iconic black hard rubber "Pregnant Parker" eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, nicely colored pearl slabs, #3 Lucky Curve keyhole-vent nib; 1910-dated inscription on cap cartouche, box is well worn, with ink stains and spots of wear-through on the cloth exterior. Pen itself is very clean, with no brassing and unfaded hard rubber, noting some scratches on the barrel end, probably from posting the cap. Fresh to the market -- from our personal collection, bought out of an estate over 15 years ago.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $6500
7106: Parker 25 Jack-Knife Safety: smooth black hard rubber turban-top, 11.3 cm long, very hard to find in larger sizes; clean and somewhat toothy Lucky Curve #5 nib, intact feed, no imprints visible on side of barrel, "PAT. PENDING" cap imprint worn and partially heat-reversed, pen has been dye-reblackened.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: G-VG* • NIB: fine flex • $500
7792: Parker 58 Awanyu Aztec: legendary hard rubber eyedropper-filler with gold filled half-overlay with American Indian motifs; 13.7 cm long, cap restored, imprint weak but legible.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • Full details on request
6218: Parker Jack-Knife Safety: rare baby Bakelite-barreled ringtop eyedropper-filler, black hard rubber, 7.75 cm long, gold filled trim; good barrel transparency, cap imprint light but legible, tight stable hairline in cap lip (see detail), Lucky Curve feed intact, #2 Lucky Curve nib has longitudinal hairline from base up to "C" in imprint.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium fine flex • $585
11323: Parker Duofold Senior: striking streamline button-filler in copper pearl -- not a catalogued color, with only a handful of examples known; 13 cm long, gold filled trim, full USA imprint, excellent color, some plating wear to the lower cap band. A notable Parker rarity.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $2500
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
11778: Wahl-Eversharp safety: extremely rare mottled hard rubber retracting-nib eyedropper-filler, 10.2 cm long, 14K Wahl #2 nib; not known in any ads or catalogs, these pens appear to have been made in France using US-made nibs and feeds, for European market testing. Internal spiral has been repaired.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $650
10898: Wahl-Eversharp Clasp Pen: Equi-Poised style lever-filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, in rare and desirable "Flamingo" celluloid, as new, with rectangular nib grade sticker intact and round price sticker partially present.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine flex • $400
6520: Waterman Remex Self-Filler No. 101: one of Waterman's earliest self-fillers, and so rare that most advanced collectors have never seen a complete example; construction is all-aluminum, with a hard rubber press-fit section assembly, sleeve rotates rather than slides to expose filler bar; this example is new old stock, and the hardened sac is preserved with the pressure bar laced in place exactly according to the William Ferris patent 799,897 of 1905 (Ferris' patent 950,817 of 1910 is the one covering the usual Waterman sleeve-filler design); 14 cm long, superficial shop wear, "PAT. APPL'D FOR" imprint.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine flex • $1500
9134: Waterman 402: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with enameled sterling silver overlay, 14.1 cm long; English-retailed, with the posting end marked "CALLOW OF MOUNT ST. MAYFAIR". Very clean, with no dings, or any tool marks to the posting end, though there are losses to the original inlaid white enamel stripes which have been restored with what appears to be cold enamel of a darker color -- losses which involve only the frontmost part of the barrel overlay, but the better part of the cap (condition otherwise would be excellent). Factory-made Waterman overlays with enamel work are extraordinarily rare, and appear to have been made only for a handful of ultra-luxe European retailers. This is only the second example we have seen in over 20 years of collecting.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $5000
9687: Waterman 12: English-market black hard rubber half-overlay eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, 9K solid gold barrel overlay, London-hallmarked with Waterman factory maker's mark; pattern is a combination of twist and deeply hand-chased floral scrollwork -- uncatalogued, and hitherto unknown. Barrel cartouche is monogrammed, gold has been polished down, so that the date letter cannot be read..
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $3850
6130: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with fluted gold filled overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.3 cm long, a rare but fully 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); French hallmarks, no dings, but one small test mark on the seal bezel, imprints on posting end worn but mostly legible; toothy #4 New York nib, spoon feed with patent date imprints.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $2650
11590: Waterman 18 SF: extremely rare black chased hard rubber sleeve-filler, 15.4 cm long; well-used, with sleeve imprint barely visible, chasing worn, two cracks in cap lip stabilized by insertion of a metal ring inside the cap (see details), surface of hard rubber has been chemically reblackened. Waterman sleeve-fillers are uncommon in any size, but are almost never seen in sizes larger than #5. This is only the third #8-size we have seen in the last 20 years.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine semiflex • $1200
10883: Waterman 58 Cardinal: giant red hard rubber lever-filler, 15.3 cm long, 18K gold filled trim, a fine example of a very scarce pen, all imprints clearly legible, massive #8 manifold nib is a smooth writer (a more flexible nib can be substituted if desired).
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine rigid • $2985
10458: Waterman Patrician set: classic Art Deco oversize lever-filler in near-pristine Nacre (black and pearl), 13.75 cm long, chrome plated trim, with matching 1.1 mm pencil; virtually unused, pencil eraser is untouched, pen appears to have been test-filled only, came to us with the original sac in place (see detail) which has not been replaced in order to preserve barrel color (can be resacked at no extra charge upon request). A few small patches of plating loss on the end glove of the pen, otherwise as new.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: needlepoint firm • $2000
10603: Waterman 42: red hard rubber retracting-nib safety with elaborate Italian gold filled overlay; 12.25 cm long, excellent quality, very rare over red, crack in barrel from mouth through threads has been sealed and stabilized with an added ring of original Waterman red hard rubber in front of the threads (see details); not guaranteed ink-tight.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine firm • $2000
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