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The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
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
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14115: Esterbrook Relief No. 1: red and grey pearl lever-filler, 13.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, 14K gold Relief nib; made in England, beautiful casein plastic cap and barrel. New old stock and never filled, but came to us with a crack in the barrel running through the threads; the barrel mouth has been sleeved with brass and the crack repaired nearly invisibly.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium fine oblique • $275
14124: Esterbrook LJ: blue pearl lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, stainless steel trim, #9550 nib; small hairline in nib unit collar (see detail) does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine firm • $50
14126: Eversharp pencil: early production, gold filled, lined engine turning with hand engraved vine scroll, 13.4 cm long; "EVER SHARP" imprint, "20 YEAR GOLD FILLED" and "PATENTED", a very early imprint usually found only on Eversharps predating Wahl's 1916 takeover, but here found with the Wahl-patent clip, suggesting manufacture immediately after Wahl's takeover of Eversharp. Initials engraved on barrel, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $95
14127: Kaweco (?) eyedropper-filler: unmarked black hard rubber taper-cap, 16.2 cm long, very early stepped section, #1 A. Morton nib lacks tipping, has hairline cracks from slit end and from front right edge; brutally overpolished overall, Italian retailer imprint on barrel "MAGLIA - MILANO", could be Caw's manufacture.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fair* • $225
13916: LeBoeuf Holy Water Sprinkler in box: black sleeve-filler,12.5 cm long, gold filled trim, new old stock, size of #8 pen, usual slight age shrinkage around barrel end plug (see detail).
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • $650
14099: Parker 018 in box: black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 15 cm long, early example with rounded ends, cap without 1900 patent imprint, barrel imprint without Lucky Curve logo, 1899 last patent application date, unusual feed with split insert in channel. Surface of barrel shallowly rippled, a production quality control issue seen before on Parkers of this era, imprints strong, color excellent. With instructions and original dropper (bulb hardened), box top shows medals from St. Louis and New Orleans expositions of 1904, though pen appears to have been made a bit earlier.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: extra-fine • $595
14098: Parker 20 in box: early black hard rubber slip-cap button-filler with transparent Bakelite barrel, 13.75 cm long, #2 Lucky Curve keyhole-vent nib, transparent silicone sac has been installed. In excellent self-filling labeled box, with instructions..
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $895
13765: Parker button-filler: long slender jade green ringtop, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, fine color, long-tined Lucky Curve #3 nib.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $165
13768: Parker button-filler: unusual long and slender model, silver pearl marbled with red spots, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada; excellent color, bold imprints, excellent plus but for spots of plating wear to the clip, #3 Canadian nib.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
14129: Parker 51 pencil: black with crisp 1/7.5 12K gold filled cap with fine parallel lines, 13.1 cm long, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: exc • $80
14128: Parker 51 injector pencil: bungundy with 1/10 12K gold filled cap with converging lines pattern, 13.2 cm long, uses .9 mm lead, good imprint with 2nd quarter date code; some shallow scrape marks on the barrel (see details).
DATE: 1948 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $60
14122: Pick Exceptional: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, armorial clip badge for Alpha Xi Delta, a sorority founded in Illinois in 1893. Overall appearance excellent, but chasing loss to cap immediately above the clip, along with what appears to be a stable crack in the rubber (see details). Pick #2 nib has a semistub tip, writes well but not glassy smooth.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • $95
14125: Wahl-Eversharp pencil: gold filled, 13.2 cm long, "Dart" pattern, uncommon deluxe variant with internal mechanism also engine turned; uses 1.1 mm lead, shallow pinhead dings to front of barrel (see detail).
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $65
14121: Waterman 452½: red hard rubber lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, sterling silver "Filigree" pattern overlay, long-tined New York nib is earlier, has plenty of easy flex. Factory-assembled examples of USA Waterman lever-filler overlays over Cardinal rubber are extremely rare. Nearly all examples extant are not factory-assembled, and this pen is no exception. All parts are genuine and original, but the overlay was transferred from a black pen. Note that most examples of this sort are 52-size, as 52½-size pens in Cardinal are much less common.
DATE: c. 1927/1995 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $950
14119: Waterman glass-cartridge pen in box: black celluloid, 10.75 cm long, chrome plated trim, special model made in USA for French market, based upon the 3V. Nib is 18K, transparent web-patterned ink window, seal has been replaced, includes original (empty) glass cartridge and sealed but dried out spare in matching holder. Cartridges can be refilled with a syringe and reused indefinitely.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $265
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