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The first ten or fifteen years of the 20th century saw some of the most beautiful and innovative fountain pen designs of all time. No wonder pens from this era have among been the most highly esteemed by advanced collectors for as long as pens have been collected.
13457: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber taper cap with full gold filled filigree overlay, 15.4 cm long, narrow #1 nib with vent hole behind slit, plain narrow feed; interesting dated inscription on barrel cartouche may postdate pen's manufacture by some years, metal is crisp and clean, but with a slight dent where the very end of the cap was pinched, also cracking the hard rubber underneath (see detail; stable, does not affect function) -- condition otherwise fine to excellent.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $895
13456: Conklin 416: large early straight-cap crescent-filler, 14.8 cm long, gold filled trim, flexible #4 Conklin nib, narrow feed; barrel imprint good but heat-weakened towards the front.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $1200
13447: Parker 025: rare large black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 14.1 cm long, very flexible #5 Lucky Curve nib. Well used but sound, even fading and wear, no cap imprint visible, barrel imprint about half present, no model number on convex barrel end, some tool marks to nib end of barrel. Jointless pens are nearly always found in #2 size -- example as large as #5-size are seldom seen in any condition.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine flex • $650
13446: Parker 020: rare early mottled hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, good color, strong imprints, very flexible narrow teardrop-vent #2 nib has a slightly wavy upper surface; early Lucky Curve feed without side cuts. Tool marks to nib end of barrel, nib collar plug is an accurate reproduction in original material. Jointless pens in black are hard enough to find, but are several times more common than mottled examples.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
13448: Parker 16: black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, gold filled filigree overlay, 13.9 cm long, fully marked, #3 keyhole-vent Lucky Curve nib, intact Lucky Curve feed; an unusually clean example, hard rubber has not been reblackened, interesting dated presentation inscription on barrel cartouche.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $695
13464: Waterman Remex in box: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.6 cm long, bold imprints, moderate even fading, Remex nib has lots of flex, but should be used with restraint as there is a hairline visible through the imprint; with a contemporary slip-on Mercantile clip, some repairs to box.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
13462: Aikin Lambert pencil: gold filled barrel with mother of pearl letter opener taper, 13.7 cm long overlay; fully marked, unusual form, uses standard 2.0 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $115
13475: Cattaraugus knife pencil: red-veined cream celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 12.8 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both, plating losses to nose cone,celluloid is excellent with beautiful color.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • $250
13463: De La Rue Onoto in box: clipless black hard rubber plunger-filler, London-hallmarked sterling silver barleycorn overlay, 11.8 cm long, #3 nib with underfeed; shallow bumps to cap crown, otherwise clean with even honest wear.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium flex • $485
13465: De La Rue Onoto: long black hard rubber plunger-filler, gold filled barrel overlay, 15 cm long, responsive nib, French hallmarks on 1922 patent clip and overlay; brassing to clip but none to overlay, cap threads that connect upper and lower parts of cap have been repaired, and are now stronger than new.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine stub flex • $385
13483: Eversharp Skyline Executive: scarce oversize lever-filler, brown with striated golden brown and pearl cap, 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $350
13466: Eversharp Skyline Command Performance: 14K solid gold lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, less common blunt-ended barrel, smooth nib with semistub tip.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium broad • $695
13467: Eversharp Skyline Gold Award: uncommon version with full 1/10 14K yellow gold filled ribbed cap and barrel, 13.6 cm long, lever-filler, striking Machine Age design, two areas of stress cracks in barrel overlay (material probably made too hard), does not affect function, priced accordingly -- otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine • $150
13472: Namiki Pilot A-shiki in box: rare demonstrator-like plunger-filler in transparent celluloid with black streaks, 12.85 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends, 14K gold export #3 nib, original paper band on cap with hand-written price ($3.75), barrel band lists US, British, and Dutch patent numbers. New old stock, original seals have not been replaced, pen not functional as is. In original box with instructions.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine • $695
13473: Namiki Pilot Nomikomi-shiki in box: rare "easy-drink" filler in black celluloid, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, 14K gold export nib, original paper band on cap with hand-written price ($3.25). New old stock, fills by inserting pen into special inkwell (not included), inverting inkwell and pen together. Transparent celluloid internal reservoir tube intact, characteristic long-tailed feed visible through barrel ink window. Instructions in box are for a plunger-filler.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine • $595
13468: Parker Duofold Junior: red hard rubber button-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, early giant imprint is deep and strong, full Lucky Curve feed, bandless cap is intact but has had some deep scratches on its sides, only partially polished out; well defined milling on hard rubber end pieces, cap crown has scratch-engraved personlization, one small chip to barrel next to blind cap (see details).
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium • $395
13479: Pilot Super 100: black tab-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold plated trim, inlaid 14K nib, tab filler; scratches to the cap, a few marks to the tassie at the end of the barrel, otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $95
13461: Sheaffer oversize Lifetime Balance: uncommon grey pearl and black marbled plunger-filler, 14 cm long, chrome plated trim, fine barrel transparency, monochrome Lifetime nib, plating bright on clip but more typical dulling on cap band; name lightly and unobtrusively imprinted on barrel.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine firm • $585
13385: Waterman 0552½ Pansy Panel: black hard rubber slender full-length lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, 18K gold filled overlay with hand-engraved floral decoration; hard rubber crisp with bold imprints, nib is medium flex, will give good line variation without excessive writing pressure.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $565
13481: Waterman Hundred Year: elegant black Lucite lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, gold filled with Ideal globe logo on clip rivet, hard to find superfine tipped Hundred Year #17 nib; name lightly and unobtrusively imprinted on barrel.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: needlepoint • $265
13474: unmarked novelty pencil: giant nickel-plated brass mechanical pencil, 20.5 cm long, probably German-made, uses 3 mm lead; hexagonal barrel, some plating wear but no dings, perfect working order.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG • $85