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Many pen makers offered small pens, but true miniatures are rather less common. One of the leading miniature makers was Salz Brothers, of New York City.
11495: Salz Peter Pan: black hard rubber miniature ringtop eyedropper-filler, 6.2 cm long, full 1/10 18K gold filled overlay with hand-engraved decoration. "PETER PAN" marked nib writes a nicely shaded line.
11493: Salz Peter Pan set in box: black hard rubber miniature ringtop eyedropper-filler, 8.9 cm long, gold filled trim, with matching 1.1 mm twist-action pencil. Crown pieces both engraved "Burlie", upper part of pencil barrel cracked, from overtightening. Pen is intact, soft flexible nib.
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.
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).
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.
11481: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber straight-cap with gold filled "Chased" pattern overlay; 13.7 cm long, narrow keel-shaped feed, #3 nib with teardrop vent writes an elegantly shaded line. A significantly thicker model than the more common #2 size, nice clean condition noting shallow dings in the barrel indicia.
11482: Conklin Senior Endura: rare oversize black hard rubber crescent-filler (nearly all Enduras were made as lever-fillers),14.5 cm long, gold filled trim, early production with long Duragraph-style cap, #7 Toledo nib. Imprint worn but legible, some scratches to barrel (see details), otherwise sound and with minimal plating wear.
11488: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, twist pattern, 15.8 cm long excluding plated nib; full marked, scattered shallow dings.
11470: Hicks magic pencil: oversize sterling silver ringtop, 9 cm closed, 16.1 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, marked with Hicks' acorn logo; mechanism works easily, monogram lightly and elegantly engraved on barrel, a few tiny pinpricks to the metal, even polishing wear. Magic pencils this large are very uncommon.
11496: Parker Vest Pocket Duofold Deluxe: uncommon miniature ringtop button-filler in jade green, 9.1 cm long, gold filled trim, name on barrel directly over imprint, moderate and even discoloration.
11497: Parker Vest Pocket Duofold Deluxe: uncommon miniature button-filler in green-veined pearl, 8.6 cm long, gold filled trim, name on barrel, moderate discoloration; Parker non-Duofold nib and comb feed appear to be slightly later replacements.
11490: Parker Jotter: scarce first model with ribbed grey nylon barrel, brushed stainless steel cap, chrome plated trim, trough clip; 13.2 cm long extended, uses standard Parker refills, original brass refill included along with a working new refill.
11480: Parker 75 Insignia: fine crosshatch pattern, early model with flat ends, marked "14K G.F. CAP & BARREL U.S.A." (gold filled, not gold plated as were later 75s), includes old-style convertor, section with angle indicator, 14K US-made nib, "M" on feed. As new, appears never to have been filled.
11441: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with silver-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lead reservoir revealed by sliding open the body; operates smoothly, a high-quality instrument in pristine condition. A 1929 advertisement can be viewed here. Unusually, this example is unmarked, perhaps because it came to us along with a group of factory experimental pieces. Plating losses to the very edges of the top ferrule (see detail) appear to be from manufacture, not usage.
11434: Sheaffer lever-filler: rare gold filled ringtop, 8.5 cm long, like an overlay Pigmy with that model's distinctive lever with rounded tab at end; No. 1 Sheaffer nib is a precise writer, name on barrel indicia, engine turning is largely crisp despite typical wear to end of barrel; side of rounded lever tab has been ground flat on one side.
11498: Wahl Tempoint 52: small black chased hard rubber ringtop, 9.6 cm long, gold filled trim, early long lever with sprung pressure bar licensed from Sheaffer. Notable #2 Tempoint nib, barrel end slightly out of round, scratch across imprint (see detail).
11486: Wahl-Eversharp Signature pencil: full size, in desirable "Coral", 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim with roller clip, uses 1.1 mm lead.
11442: Waterman 42½: black hard rubber French-market clipless safety with sterling silver overlay; 12.65 cm long, fully marked, initials "G. F." on indicia, elegant engine turning, only a few pinprick marks (not to be confused with the small French hallmarks) . 18K gold #2 nib is a very smooth writer.
11439: Waterman 452½ Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler with sterling silver overlay, 13.5 cm long, not heavily used, but silver has been cleaned with a chemical dip, leaving the metal surface granular and the hard rubber under the overlay somewhat faded. #2 nib is classic Waterman, smooth and lively with a semistub nib and enough flexibility for effortlessly shaded writing.
11464: unmarked pencil: gold filled with agate hardstone shaft, 10.5 cm long, American manufacture, uses 1.0 mm lead.