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The first decades of the 20th century were a high point in fountain pen history in terms of design and innovation alike. The basic eyedropper-filler was ornamented and improved, while a plethora of filling mechanisms were patented and brought to market.


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 in indicia, hard rubber filling knob crisp, #5 nib is a responsive writer.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1500 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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11491: John Holland 72: black hard rubber hatchet-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled hand-engraved overlay, fully imprinted (Sept. 7, 1915 patent date), handsome pen with interesting short-lived filler, #12 John Holland nib, metal nice and clean, even wear to hard rubber.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub • SOLD ORDER

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11523: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, full gold filled twist and snail pattern overlay; 13.5 cm long, fully marked, New York production for export, with "DOUBLÉ OR" marks at ends. Typical corrosion to section overlay, initials on indicia appear to have been recently added.

DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine rigid • $500 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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11515: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: mottled hard rubber slip-cap, 14.3 cm long, a high quality Massachusetts-made model, #4 size with teardrop-vent nib. Imprints worn but legible, include 1899 and 1900 patent dates.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine stub flex • $350 ORDER

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11514: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 14.8 cm long, gold filled barrel band, teardrop-vent #4 nib, bold imprints include 1899 and 1900 patent dates, hard rubber is lightly and evenly faded, but glossy with crisp chasing.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine superflex • SOLD ORDER

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11513: Sterling middle-joint eyedropper-filler: oversized black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 14.6 cm long, teardrop-vent #7 nib, good clear imprints include 1899 and 1900 patent dates; very hard to find in such a large size. Slip-on clip is Mabie Todd manufacture.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $600 ORDER

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11487: B. B. Stylo stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber ringtop with unusual "swing-filler" (the lever pivots sideways), apparently invented by Julius Held (read more here); gold filled trim, crisp imprints and chasing, glossy black hard rubber.

DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $150 ORDER

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11516: Cattaraugus knife pencil: red-speckled silver pearl Waterman-style celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 12.85 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both, barrel imprinted "PAT. PENDING", with a bend at that point. Though very rare, Waterman did make a few knife pencils of this sort, using Cattaraugus components along with their own clips and pencil mechanisms.

DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $165 ORDER

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11476: Diamond Point eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 13.5 cm long, correct smooth cap with patented Diamond Point nickel plated clip; #3 warranted nib has scant tipping and is a bit toothy, but has considerable flexibility, condition is excellent, noting a ring of missing chasing towards the end of the barrel, likely a manufacturing defect.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $150 ORDER

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11477: Eagle Empire: black chased hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, correct smooth cap, likely made as a retailer's house brand, as there are no Eagle imprints, though the nib has the usual Eagle shield and the pen itself is identical to Eagle-marked equivalents. Some fading to the hard rubber, nib is notably calligraphic.

DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium italic semiflex • $200 ORDER

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11518: Esterbrook lever-filler: hard to find full-size "V-clip" in black, 12.6 cm long, stainless steel trim; bold deep imprints, slight shrinkage at ends, otherwise clean. Early #2788 nib unit with flat-bottomed feed.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium • $225 ORDER

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11519: Esterbrook B: full-size "Dollar Pen", black hard rubber lever-filler, 12.2 cm long, stainless steel trim, good imprint, early clip, spear-type lever; hard rubber with slight mottled fading, old flat feed, early #1554 Gregg nib has worn-down tip but is still quite usable, or a new replacement unit can be ordered if desired.

DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine • $120 ORDER

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11538: Hicks magic pencil: gold filled trim, 6.9 cm long closed, 12.3 cm extended, uses "M" (1.05 mm) lead, unmarked but for March 21, 1871 patent date -- a Hick's patent. Barrel sleeve cracked, condition otherwise excellent, mechanism works smoothly and positively, a few pinprick marks to the nozzle.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $145 ORDER

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11544: Hicks combination: sterling silver lever-filler and pencil, 11.9 cm long, unusual hand hammered finish over finely engine turned ground, 18K Hicks nib; identical to a Twinpoint combo, but marked only "STERLING". Initials on indicia, uses 1.1 mm lead, nib gives wide line variation, not hallmarked for export so appears to be intended for jewelry store retail sale.

DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $650 ORDER

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11540: Parker Lady Duofold Deluxe: Moderne green-veined pearl ringtop streamlined button-filler, 11.75 cm long, gold filled trim, good imprint, fine barrel color with only slight ambering, silicone sac has been installed (latex can be substituted upon request) to preserve color, comb feed and nib are factory replacements, nib has date code for 1949 and "R" signifying a replacement with Duofold guarantee.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: extra-fine firm • $165 ORDER

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11517: Parker VS: blue button-filler, 14 cm long, Lustraloy cap, chrome plated clip, barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code; posting mark to blind cap, some roughness to barrel around imprint.

DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $120 ORDER

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11541: Parker 51 Demi: burgundy Aerometric filler, frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, early production with Lucite connector, screw-on chrome plated filler housing with "PRESS . . . 6 TIMES" imprint; good barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, fine sac transparency.

DATE: 1949 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $165 ORDER

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11542: Parker 51 Special: dark blue Aerometric filler, Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, Octanium alloy nib, late production with pearlescent jewel, "halo" logo and "51" imprint on cap, and side vent hole in barrel. Excellent condition, but for shrinkage to hood (does not affect function).

DATE: c. 1964 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium • $95 ORDER

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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 ORDER

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11539: Sheaffer WASP Clipper: oversize lever-filler in black-spotted green pearl, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window, "VACUUM-FIL" marked nib; uncommon big subbrand model, retains original price sticker, but bubbling to trim plating (see details) and black replacement barrel end.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $250 ORDER

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11537: unmarked magic pencil: small ringtop, gold filled trim, 4.8 cm long closed, 8.5 cm extended, uses "M" (1.05 mm) lead, some age speckling to the plating, mechanism works smoothly, could be Fairchild manufacture.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $160 ORDER

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