A spring update should have a bit of gold, a bit of flash. And some notable nibs!
11276: Edward Todd eyedropper-filler: small black hard rubber vest-pocket screw-cap ringtop, 9.1 cm long, smooth solid 14K gold overlay with dated engraving on cap; extra-large vent hole at edge of inner cap is a characteristic Edward Todd feature, nib is a semistub with some flex. Tiny stress crack in metal at top of cap (see detail) probably from manufacture.
11272: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with solid 18K gold barleycorn pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long, tool marks on posting end and on section overlay (see details), but pattern and imprints all sharp and clean. #2 New York nib is sharp-cut, with classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire feed tail.
11279: Moore L-92: clipless black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, gold filled lever, noteworthy emblem cap band in solid 14K gold with applied high-relief elk head with red cabochon (ruby?) eyes, very lightly monogrammed on the back.
11286: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler with classic "Filigree" overlay in solid 14K gold; 13.6 cm long, one flattened spot on cap crown (hard to photograph), metal otherwise clean, noting elegantly engraved monogram in indicia and wear to imprints in the hard rubber of the end of the barrel. #2 New York nib is precise and lively.
11278: Waterman 42: clipless black hard rubber safety, 12.4 cm long, two-tone 18K gold filled filigree overlay, winged "CD" mark of Davide Capra, Waterman's agent for Italy; #2 Waterman nib is outstanding for both smoothness and extreme flexibility. Some tool marks to overlay next to turning knob (see detail).
11296: Zenith safety: black hard rubber, gold filled overlay, 12.25 cm long, warranted 14K nib is probably a contemporary replacement; retailer's mark on cap of Calderoni, a major Italian reseller of fountain pens and other articles. One patch of brassing to back of cap (see detail), metal otherwise clean.
11277: A. A. Waterman New Lincoln: clipless mottled hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.4 cm long, #3 warranted 14K nib.
11268: A. W. Faber dip pen in box: large #6 gold nib with "46" imprint, matching fully marked gold filled holder with unusually elaborate floral relief work, pearl taper; overall length 15.6 cm excluding nib. Only the slightest speck of tipping left, nib still writes an elegant line though will dig in with any pressure.
11271: Aikin Lambert dip pen in box: gold filled holder, marked "3", removable taper with finely turned baluster finial; 13.8 cm long excluding ventless gold #3 nib. Nib is very flexible, smooth and sensitive. Some scrapes to box, one hook catch missing.
11269: Aikin Lambert dip pen in box: crisply reeded gold filled holder, marked "2", removable taper with finely turned baluster finial; 12.6 cm long overall excluding ventless gold #2 nib. Nib writes hairline-thin with no pressure, can do nice shading. Box has been rehinged.
11270: Aikin Lambert dip pen in box: gold filled holder, marked "1", pearl taper; 13.5 cm long overall excluding ventless gold #1 nib. Nib is smooth and writes a nicely shaded line.
11275: Conklin Nozac in box: green pearl marbled, 13.45 cm long, facetted cap and barrel, gold filled trim, early Chicago production; appears never used, but trim plating thin in spots, perhaps due to polishing or use of parts seconds, and there is a bump on the turning knob opposite the crosspin. Original unstained cork and rubber piston seal has been left intact, gently greased, but not air- or ink-tight. Toledo nib has a turn-up point.
11295: Inkograph stylographic pen: black veined pearl lever-filler, black ends, 12.6 cm long, gold plated trim, gold filled over silver cap band; weighted needle intact, section with ink window. Streamlined Inkographs are normally found only in solid colors -- examples in colorful celluloids are rarely seen.
11273: Mabie Todd Swan: gold filled lever-filler, New York production, 13.1 cm long, elegant engine turning, #2 nib has plentiful easy flex, no dings to metal but usual ink erosion to front edge of section overlay (see detail).
11282: Parker 51 set in box: unusual Canadian-made Vac-filler in black, sterling silver cap with fine parallel lines pattern, geometric band, late production with chrome arrow clip without Blue Diamond; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead. Bold imprints on both pen and pencil, pen has large 4th quarter date code, no dings to caps, only light marks, usual mottling from flaking of original rhodium plating.
11289: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil in box: black bakelite with silver-filled trim, 16.4 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lead reservoir revealed by sliding open the body. Box top is missing one of the short sides. A 1929 advertisement can be viewed here.
11290: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with gold-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.
11285: Sheaffer #4 Self-Filling: black hard rubber lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, early narrow raised threads, early imprint without 1914 patent date; #4 Self Filling nib is a bit toothy but writes a nicely shaded line.
11283: Sheaffer #2A Self-Filling: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, nickel plated trim, #2 Self Filling nib; moderate even fading, strong imprints.
11284: Sheaffer #4 Self-Filling: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, #4 Self Filling nib is a smooth writer, requires a bit of pressure to open up.
11280: Waterman 13: a legendary rarity with a stanhope viewer in the cap, made to commemorate Waterman's 35th anniversary; black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, nickel silver clip; view through stanhope shows Waterman's Pen Corner in downtown New York City. Good imprints and chasing, moderate even fading. It has been suggested that these pens were made for Frank D. Waterman to present as personal gifts.