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We have a special fondness for the odd and unusual, so this group is a particular favorite, a grab bag with everything from rare and peculiar filling systems to uncommon materials and nonstandard configurations.
13641: A. A. Waterman 70: rare oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap twist-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated trim, #7 Modern nib with characteristic trefoil vent hole, opens wide with minimal pressure. Good chasing and strong imprints, including the infamous "NOT CONNECTED WITH/THE L. E. WATERMAN CO." disclaimer. Hard rubber has been professionally dye-reblackened.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $695
13556: Aikin Lambert Pike's Peak Special: clipless black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, nickel plated trim, hard rubber crisp and glossy, cap imprint characteristic of Aikin Lambert pens specially produced for retailers -- in this case, most probably the Pike's Peak Book & Stationery Company of Colorado Springs, Colorado; #3 nib gives good line width variation, but requires deliberate pressure to open up.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $165
13649: Camel ink-pellet button-filler: red and tan-veined silver pearl (same material as Waterman's "Steel Quartz"), black ends, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim; bold classic barrel imprint with two camels drinking logo, same design on the nib, with second patent imprint on other side of barrel. The ink pellet compartment has been sealed shut with wax to keep it ink-tight for use as a regular button-filler; to open for use with ink pellets, section should be removed to give full access to the filling mechanism. Clip is tight to the cap but wiggles slightly side to side.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium semiflex • $350
13569: Crocker (?) Puritan: black chased hard rubber screw-cap blow-filler, 13.3 cm long, original price band, even fading but unused, no sign of ever having been filled. Imprinted only "PURITAN/MADE IN AMERICA", with pointing hand on screw cap, warranted nib, narrow keel feed resembles contemporary Crocker production, very likely a Crocker sub-brand model.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine firm • $165
13595: Edacoto lever-fillers: two largely identical pens in chased casein, sold as a pair, 11.7 and 11.8 cm long, one yellow, one red, French manufacture, nickel plated trim, with Waterman-style lever assemblies; neither is imprinted, but the red pen has a stainless steel Edacoto nib, thinly gold plated, while the yellow pen has a glass nib. The Edacoto nib has a line of pitting on its right tine, so while it is clearly very flexible, it is also very vulnerable to cracking and must be used with a light hand. Both pens appear to be new old stock and unused.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • SOLD
13576: Eversharp Skyline Demi: rare early production slender black lever-filler with gold filled trim and unusual cap trim configuration with wide band, narrow top band, and metal derby; standard short-model length at 12.2 cm long, but markedly slimmer (10 mm OD over barrel threads) -- parts do not interchange with any standard production pen. Section with transparent ink window, nib is single-tone but was probably originally two-tone; pen is mechanically sound, but has dings to the derby, a name on the barrel, and slight heat shrinkage irregularity behind the barrel threads. To date we have found only a handful of examples of this slender model (Demis are normally shorter than standard Skylines but of the same thickness).
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine firm • $225
13572: John Holland 73: large black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler, 14.9 cm long, nickel plated trim; good imprints and chasing, responsive #3 nib writes an elegant line, moderate even fading, unusual size.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $385
13552: Parker 018: rare black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, spearhead Lucky Curve feed, barrel imprint heavily worn, no visible cap imprint, hairline from vent hole of teardrop-vent Lucky Curve nib should be repaired if pen is to be used extensively, otherwise usable as is.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $250
13647: Parker 25 Click-Filler: extremely rare oversize hard rubber slip-cap self-filler, Parker's first (patent number 791,466); 15.4 cm long, imprints worn but present, #5 Lucky Curve keyhole vent nib is a notably elegant writer. Cap lip crack has been repaired and is virtually invisible from the outside, even under magnification. To fill, push front of nickel plated pressure bar with fingernail to unlock while depressing rear protrusion to flatten sac; pull same protrusion back to allow sac to reinflate and to relock the pressure bar with a "click". This is only the second Parker click-filler we have offered in the past 20 years in any size. #5 was the largest size sold, and rarely seen.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $1650
13603: Parker Vacumatic Oversize: unusual silver pearl laminate, 13.55 cm long, reverse trim (gold filled rather than chrome), made in Canada, good imprint with 4th quarter date code, striped jewels, correct black section, big two-tone arrow nib requires some pressure to flex, original tip configuration intended for use upside-down as well; fine barrel transparency, moderate plating wear, some corrosion to lockdown filler shaft (does not affect function).
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $465
13577: Schnell Penselpen: oversize black and bronze pen-pencil combination, 15.2 cm long, gold filled trim, distinctive sliding "switch" filler, famous airplane clip, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; strong imprints, overall excellent but for stress line at side base of nib (see detail); a short lived and celebrated design, made by Julius Schnell, one of the most important behind-the-scene figures in early 20th-century fountain pen manufacture.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • SOLD
13617: Waterman combination: rare uncatalogued model, black and pearl lever-filler, 14.6 cm long, chrome plated trim; strong imprint (not always present on Waterman combos), threads on pencil end another unusual feature, as is the #4 nib (nearly all Waterman combos are #2 size). Crack from cap mouth has been professionally restored, age shrinkage hairline visible in pearl at upper side of cap (see details).
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • $800
13597: Eversharp Doric: small black faceted plunger-filler, 11.65 cm long, gold filled trim, Eversharp #2 Signature nib has nice springy flex, ink shutoff valve seal has not been replaced, does not affect function. Even wear, good user, noting divot on cap above band (see detail).
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
13646: Parker 25 Jack-Knife Safety: smooth black hard rubber button-filler, 12 cm long, gold filled clip, uncommon short oversize model, #5 Lucky Curve teardrop-vent nib, spearhead Lucky Curve feed; nib tipping is scant but present, writes fine with a light hand, imprints all legible, honest wear and fading, no cracks or other damage.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine semiflex • $275
13602: Parker Vacumatic Debutante: small golden pearl laminate, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, geometric pattern cap band, imprint with clearly legible 2nd quarter date code; excellent barrel transparency, name on barrel, usual very slight swelling over filler unit. Arrow nib originally two-tone but plating nearly all gone, rounded oblong tip gives natural subtle line width variation.
DATE: 1943 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub • $145
13630: Parker Duofold Senior: black English Aerometric-filler, gold filled trim, 14 cm long, good filler transparency.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $150
13638: Parker Classic injector pencil: sterling silver, grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, uses .5 mm lead; new old stock, no packaging, some tarnish.
DATE: 1992 • CONDITION: mint • $120
13627: Pilot Custom in box: black cartridge-filler, 13.45 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K nib.
DATE: 1974 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $150
13596: Sheaffer Balance pencil: grey pearl and black marbled, 12.1 cm long, chrome plated trim, uncommon with wide milled band, smooth unmarked flattened-ball clip; uses 1.1 mm lead, strong imprints.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $85
13585: Sheaffer Lifetime Feathertouch Vigilant: black plunger-filler with military clip, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, barrel transparency like new, "875" on barrel indicates original $8.75 price, two-tone Lifetime nib, barrel behind threads irregular and out of round due to heat shrinkage, but does not affect function (see detail), otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine firm • $120
13606: Waterman 412: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, early pattern .999 fine silver Art Nouveau filigree overlay, 13.35 cm long, feed with patent imprints, imprints on overlay nice and legible, noting nicks and digs to the silver (see details). Hard rubber has been professionally dye-reblackened.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine flex • $785
13613: Waterman Remex: black chased hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.8 cm long, narrow 3-fissure long-tailed feed, Remex nib is an elegant writer, good imprints and chasing, though crisper on the cap than on the barrel, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $250
13614: Waterman Remex: smooth black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.8 cm long, a Waterman sub-brand model made specifically for the Royster Guano Company and so imprinted; moderate even fading, nib has a stress line from the vent hole. An unusual but known model, we have seen a few examples over the years.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $245
13631: Waterman 0502: gold filled "Chased" pattern eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, posting end has usual scratches from cap but "WATERMAN" imprint clearly legible; spoon feed with patent imprints and long internal tail, tail end chipped, section front edge as well (does not affect function), "Vivian" engraved in barrel cartouche.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $825
13648: Waterman 412S Filigree: early black hard rubber safety with sterling silver overlay, 12.8 cm long, threaded turning knob, early mechanism with helically-grooved barrel interior, nib turns as it is extended and retracted, #2 New York nib has some spring but not true flex, feed with patent imprint. Some flattening to the cap crown, no trace of a number imprint on the turning knob, seals have been replaced.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $750
13652: Waterman pencil: black hard rubber with sterling silver "Sheraton" overlay, 13.1 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, matches 52, 52½, or 54 fountain pen. New old stock, but with tarnish to silver and even fading to the exposed hard rubber. From the Oakland Japantown hoard.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $165
13397: unmarked pencil: black hard rubber ringtop with sterling silver trefoil filigree overlay, 10.9 cm long, excellent quality but marked only "STERLING", could well be a Boston or Edward Todd product; uses standard 2 mm lead, "H" engraved lightly in cartouche.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $125