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These eight items are all out of the ordinary, the sort of things that one might have to seek for years before finding. Many are unusual in multiple ways, combining features that each alone would be considered special.
14032: Conklin 2: extremely early crescent-filler in mottled hard rubber, 13.7 cm long, good clean cap imprint with 1891 and 1901 patent dates, short-lived design with flat ends and trim grooves on both barrel and cap seen only at beginning of production, this example predates the mid-1902 adoption of lock ring of graduated thickness (US patent 745,481). An important Conklin rarity, only a handful of surviving examples known.
DATE: c. 1901 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1600
14037: Eagle (?) eyedropper-filler: large black hard rubber taper-cap, barrel with long alternating slabs of mother of pearl and abalone, 16 cm long, excellent quality but unmarked, font of 14K mark on nib very similar to that used on Eagle nibs of the period, section and cap profile also consistent with Eagle production. Gold filled barrel bands unbrassed, hard rubber glossy, abalone panels beautifully colored and patterned, noting a patch where the top layer detached leaving the surface indented and a bit rough at the edges (see details; apparent to the touch, but not obvious to the eye).
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
14036: Gold Bond lever-filler: oversize orange flat-top, 14 cm long, black ends, gold filled clip and lever but solid 14K gold trim bands on cap, each individually stamped. Some irregularities to the bands, name on barrel, large #8 nib cracked but functional -- a replacement can be found at additional cost upon request.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine firm • $265
14006: Hide penner: portable brass writing compendium, 11.2 cm tall, Sheffield manufacture, marked "W/HIDE" on the bottom of the inkwell base; reversible top with quill knife (blade tip chipped), quills would have been carried in the now-lost outer leather case. This design was made from the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, making individual specimens difficult to date; this example is solidly made and unusually free of dents.
DATE: c. 1800 • CONDITION: VG • $650
14033: Parker Vacuum Filler: scarce proto-Vacumatic, rare stub model only 10.8 cm long, silver pearl laminate, one-piece section and barrel construction, early two-tone Arrow nib with single central line between feathers on imprint. Barrel imprint worn but mostly legible, two cap lip hairlines have been professionally repaired, not easily seen (see details); sac has been removed to preserve color.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine • $525
14034: Parker combination: rare cream and gold button-filler, 14.5 cm long, gold filled trim; color is very good with only slight darkening to the barrel and cap crown; strong imprint, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead. Parker combos are scarce indeed, and do not appear to have been advertised or catalogued. A silicone sac has been installed to help preserve the color.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • SOLD
14035: Waterman 412 VPSF: black hard rubber lever-filler with sterling silver "Filigree" pattern overlay, 11 cm long, unusual short full-girth model with clip, early version with raised threads and two-piece pressure bar with spring. Even fading and wear to hard rubber, scattered shallow marks to silver, clip appears to have been added post-factory (correct, but slightly later imprint, rivet heads not perfectly domed). Fantastic #2 New York nib, double broad true factory italic with flex.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-broad italic flex • $585
14007: Weidlich Simplofiller: black hard rubber slip-cap matchstick-filler, 15.2 cm long, gold filled scroll pattern overlay, #4 Weidlich nib.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $895
14027: Aurora 98 Riserva Magica: innovative and short-lived piston-filler, gold plated, 13.8 cm long, hooded 14K gold nib, filler button on barrel end is pressed to extend, turned to fill or empty.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $165
14024: Aurora 98: gold filled over sterling silver, 13.6 cm long, cartridge filler with hooded 14K gold nib, as new. Accepts standard Parker and Parker-compatible fountain pen cartridges or converter (not included).
DATE: c. 1967 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $125
14026: Aurora 98: sterling silver, 13.6 cm long, cartridge filler with hooded 14K gold nib. Accepts standard Parker and Parker-compatible fountain pen cartridges or converter (included).
DATE: c. 1967 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $120
14057: Diamond Medal Comrade: oversize lever-filler, burgundy pearl and black marbled, 15 cm long, gold filled trim; solid high-quality pen with a Wahl-style toggled pressure bar, distinctive styling, made for retail by Sears. Tool mark to cap crown, name on cap, small and hard to see cap lip hairline does not reach cap band; clip originally had an applied initial (see details). Large #8 nib is thick and stiff, crack visible at base of imprint does not affect function and does not in fact go all the way through. A big and impressive pen, fine overall appearance.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine firm • $225
14061: Eversharp Coronet: green pearl web lever-filler with gold filled cap with black Pyralin inserts, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, stress lines in barrel ink window do not affect function, as ink is contained by inner ink window of the section underneath; nib is marked "FLEXIBLE" but really only semiflex.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $425
14056: Mabie Todd Swan Leverless 4461: full-size black hard rubber twist-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, strong imprints, responsive #4 Swan nib. Hard to see hairline in cap lip (see detail) does not affect function, condition otherwise excellent. Celluloid stock was in short supply after WW2, hence the return to hard rubber for this pen.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium flex • $165
14065: Parker 51 pencil: dark blue, Lustraloy cap, gold filled trim, 13 cm long, twist-action, uses .9mm lead.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: exc • $50
14070: Parker Vacumatic Junior: silver pearl laminate pump-filler, 12.9 cm long, chrome plated trim (cap bands appear to be leftover wartime sterling silver), strong imprint with 4th quarter date code, barrel darkened but still translucent. Pen was found with present English Parker replacement nib, notable sharp-edged factory italic.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: extra-broad italic • $225
14072: Parker 51 Demi pencil: grey twist-action, 12.2 cm long, frosty Lustraloy cap with bright-polished rim band, chrome plated trim, uses .9 mm lead, matches Vac-filling Demi pen.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $60
14064: Parker 51 injector pencil: early example in Cocoa, frosty Lustraloy cap with polished rim band, chrome plated trim, 13.2 cm long, crisp imprint with 3rd quarter date code, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • SOLD
14066: Parker 51 Demi injector pencil: burgundy with frosty two-tone Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, 12 cm long, good imprint with 3rd quarter date code, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: 1950 • CONDITION: exc • $70
14063: Parker 51 injector pencil: clean example in grey, frosty Lustraloy cap with polished rim band, chrome plated trim, 13.2 cm long, crisp imprint with 3rd quarter date code, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: 1951 • CONDITION: near mint • $65
14001: Sheaffer Vacuum-Fil: oversize black sub-brand plunger-filler, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, rare fully transparent demonstrator barrel; seals have not been replaced, barrel transparency is near perfect, noting fine craquelure to interior. Early model with thick plunger shaft.
DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine • $295
14071: Wahl Tempoint: early green gold filled lever-filler ringtop, 9.7 cm long, no Wahl marks on metal, only Boston Safety patent dates and "18 1/8"; crisp "Grecian Border" pattern, early Sheaffer-licensed sprung lever mechanism, #2 Tempoint nib.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $225
14039: unmarked eyedropper-filler: unusual miniature mottled hard rubber taper-cap, 10.95 cm long, tiny nib is of Peter Pan size, semistub tip; high quality, even moderate fading, barrel end is of screw-in plug construction.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $275