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Following up on our last featured update, here is a fine group of 19th and early 20th-century reservoir pens -- stylographics and nibbed fountain pens. Writing history!
12547: A. A. Waterman Reliable: mottled hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, interesting early Boston-marked pen, matching exactly the descriptions recorded in court testimony in the dispute between the two Waterman pen companies.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $295
12558: Cross stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.6 cm long, fully marked, with Jan. 29, 1878 patent date; sprung needle design, but needle has corroded and is frozen in the tip, tiny splits in the hard rubber where the metal tip is held, even fading to hard rubber overall.
DATE: c. 1879 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine • $95
12569: Diamond Point eyedropper-filler: slender and early black hard rubber straight-cap, 13.1 cm long, strong barrel imprint, slight even fading, ventless underfeed-style nib with narrower heel, marked only "14K", feed resembles that found on 1890-patent Eagle glass-cartridge pens. Cap is cracked, has not been repaired.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $145
12552: Downes stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, marked with patent dates for MacKinnon's US patent 174,965 and Downes' US patent 218,503. Needle is intact, uses a weight with an enclosed spring, pen's exterior has been chemically reblackened.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $165
12555: MacKinnon (?) stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber, 15 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent chasing and only slight fading; unmarked, but interior construction with sprung needle on U-shaped metal carrier identifies it as being made under US patent 264,854 of 1882, issued to Francis Cashel Brown (most closely associated with Caw's, but also a MacKinnon partner); needle and internal spring intact.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $225
12549: Parker 20: rare slender ladies' version of Parker's standard black hard rubber eyedropper-filler; 13.15 cm long, worn and faded but sound, barrel imprint partially legible, Lucky Curve feed intact.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine flex • $150
12557: Stylographic Pen Co. Livermore stylographic pen in box: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.5 cm long, crisp and glossy, good clean imprints, spring action gold needle is intact, as is the tip; slight damage to the gold filled barrel end cap (see details), otherwise like new. In a decrepit Livermore-marked box, Charles Livermore being the proprietor of Stylographic Pen Co.
DATE: c. 1882 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $225
12559: Waterman 22: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.55 cm long, bold deep imprints, strong chasing, but a gouge to the posting end and a chip in the section flange (see details; do not affect function); otherwise excellent, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $195
12565: Waterman 412: rare sterling silver filigree overlay over red hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, good sound example, name engraved in barrel cartouche, scratches on section, dings to cap crown, but no cracks and nice original condition. #2 New York nib has long tines and is capable of flex, but requires considerable pressure to open up.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine semiflex • $1500
12568: Conklin lever-filler: gold filled all-metal design, 12.4 cm long, chevron pattern, early long lever, nice clean example, only one very shallow pinhead mark on cap crown; long-tined #2 nib has good paper feel, considerable flex.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $265
12550: Eversharp Skyline: black streamline lever-filler, 13.3 cm long, 14K solid gold cap and derby, smooth wet nib. Cap has a few minor marks and an area with stress cracking, apparently a manufacturing defect, hairlines also on sides of clip (see details), none of which affect function.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium • $295
12548: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 9.75 cm long, full sterling silver overlay, New York production, beautiful hand-engraved swag pattern over fine parallel lines, excellent condition but one small ding on posting end of barrel; great nib, responsive and callligraphic.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $195
12560: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: black hard rubber ringtop, 10.2 cm long, elaborate gold filled trim, a full 8 barrel bands, nicely patterned and with not a trace of brassing; uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine • $85
12561: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: lavender moire celluloid ringtop, 10.35 cm long, gold filled trim; red, green, and black color bands are actually inlays -- a distinctive decorative treatment almost exclusively limited to Mabie Todd. Some scratching to nose cone, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine* • $60
12546: Parker Vacuum Filler: rare proto-Vacumatic, silver pearl laminate, 12.8 cm long, chrome plated trim, one-piece section and barrel, two-tone turnup nib, strong barrel imprint, lockdown filler may be slightly later, with aluminum instead of chrome-plated brass plunger, small cap lip hairline has been professionally repaired. Pencil is slightly later, cap-actuated rather than cone-driven, and shows more wear and usage than the pen.
DATE: c. 1932/1934 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine firm • $495
12554: Parker Vacumatic Major: silver pearl laminate, 12.7 cm long, rhodium plated silver trim, Blue Diamond clip, fine barrel transparency, strong barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, 3rd quarter date code on nib.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $150
12562: Parker 51 Flighter set in box: stainless steel Aerometric-filler, gold filled trim, earlier long arrow clip, smooth writer, with matching .9 mm injector pencil; lightly used, no dings, pen has new sac with perfect transparency, matching 4th-quarter date codes on pen and pencil (though different quarters, as is typical.
DATE: 1950 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $395
12556: Parker 51 ballpoint: grey with 1/10 12K gold filled cap in converging lines pattern, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, early all metal clutch mechanism.
DATE: c. 1956 • CONDITION: fine • $150
12563: Parker 51 ballpoint: burgundy with 1/10 12K gold filled cap in converging lines pattern, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, early all metal clutch mechanism, original early brass refill.
DATE: c. 1956 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $165
12567: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL"; section with angle indicator, no "0"; includes slender metal squeeze convertor, US-made XF 14K nib.
DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $225
12564: Parker Duofold International set in box: green marble, cartridge/converter (converter included), 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, made in England, notable factory italic nib came to us very scratchy, has been tuned and smoothed, now wonderfully calligraphic; pen has 1st quarter 1996 date code, matching 0.7 mm pencil has slightly later "E" date code. In original inner and outer boxes, with guarantee and instructions.
DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-broad italic • $795
12553: Sheaffer PFM I: oversize black pneumatic-filler with extending Snorkel filler tube, chrome plated trim, inlaid palladium-silver nib; smooth writer, a couple of small digs to the top edge of the cap (see detail).
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine firm • $195
12551: Wahl-Eversharp 75 pencil: red hard rubber, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim; nearly all Eversharps used 1.1 mm lead, but this is one of the much less common versions that uses 2 mm (.075") extra-thick lead.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: near mint • $80
12545: Waterman 94 Ripple: Rose Ripple hard rubber lever-filler, 12.9 cm long; crisp and glossy, no brassing, strong imprints, traces of silver infill on model number at barrel end, wonderful responsive #4 nib.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $895