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The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Midcentury desk sets have a distinctive look that is ever fresh and modern. No workspace is complete without one.
14192: Parker 51 desk set: black Vac-filler, 15.5 cm long, bold imprint with 4th quarter date code, heavy onyx base 14.5 cm (5.75 inches) wide, conventional swivel joint and unengraved rectangular nameplate. Pen is in excellent condition, base has multiple small edge and corner bruises (see details).
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine • SOLD
14191: Parker 51 "Magic Wand" desk set: black Vac-filler, 15.5 cm long, bold imprint with 4th quarter date code, heavy onyx base with bronze central panel in modernist style, 14.5 cm (5.75 inches) wide, Magnetix swivel joint.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • SOLD
14194: Parker 51 "Magic Wand" desk set: black Vac-filler, 15.5 cm long, bold imprint with 4th quarter date code, some heat distortion to the lower part of the barrel; heavy black marble base with bronze central panel in modernist style, 14.5 cm (5.75 inches) wide, Magnetix swivel joint.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $145
14190: Parker 51 "Magic Wand" desk set: black Vac-filler, 15.5 cm long, strong imprint with 4th quarter date code, glossy black enameled metal base in modernist style, 12.7 cm (5 inches) wide, Magnetix swivel joint.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $165
14193: Parker 51 Special desk set: black Aerometric filler with chrome trim, Octanium nib, 16.7 cm long, massive special presentation base in solid granite, 24.2 cm (9.5 inches) wide, presented to Congressman Paul Brown (1880-1961) by the Elberton, Georgia Granite Association.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: broad • $275
14195: Sheaffer Lady Skipsert XVI desk set: cartridge desk pen, 14.7 cm long, small conical gold plated Triumph nib, enameled gold moire finish on both pen and holder, wear specks in finish (see detail) but overall fine appearance. Green onyx base is 9 cm (3.5 inches) square, nameplate is unengraved.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $95
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14199: Eversharp ballpoint set in box: Pockette and Retractable pens, black with gold filled trim, with original instructions. Original refills have not been replaced.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: mint • $45
14210: Eversharp Gregg in box: unusual black lever-filler, 13.25 cm long, gold filled trim, made for resale by the Gregg shorthand company, bearing an enameled Gregg logo in the cap top and carrying a special Gregg-marked nib over a Skyline-style feed. Wahl-Eversharp made Gregg and Palmer Method pens from the 1920s on, but postwar examples are uncommon. With instructions and insert, some damage to box top. Original sac is still soft and has not been replaced.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine • $225
14181: Parker Vacumatic demonstrator: black full-sized, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, lockdown filler, true factory demo with "DEMONSTRATOR/NOT FOR SALE" barrel imprint; strong regular imprint with 1st quarter date code, name on barrel as well. 1938-dated nib has a crack from the vent hole, but is still usable, pen is currently not functional as the diaphragm has been removed to preserve barrel transparency.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • $465
14197: Parker 51: black wartime double-jewel Vac-filler, solid 14K gold trim, 1/10 16K gold filled over silver cap, geometric band and rectangular cartouche; bold imprint with 2nd quarter date code, wartime filler with diamond imprint at end of plunger, scattered light usage marks to cap but no brassing or dents.
DATE: 1945 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $295
14205: Parker 65 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated clip and end jewels, 13.45 cm long; uses cartridge or converter (included), made in England, not sold in the USA. Usual slight shrinkage and clutch marks on section.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine stub • $185
14198: Parker 4-color Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long with tip out, 13.6 with tip in, gold plated trim, 45-style clip; uncommon model, made in Germany, color selected by holding pen level with matching colored arrow upwards when operating cap mechanism; uses standard mini refills, as new.
DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: near mint • $195
14201: Parker 75 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, 12.8 cm long, made in USA, no date code, section with angle indicator, uses standard cartridges or converter (included).
DATE: c. 1976 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $165
14202: Parker 75 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, 12.8 cm long, made in USA, no date code, section with angle indicator, #65 nib, uses standard cartridges or converter (not included).
DATE: c. 1976 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $125
14204: Parker 75 Insignia: gold plated crosshatch grid pattern, 12.8 cm long, section with angle indicator, made in USA, sllight waviness to top of nib from adjustment or straightening, otherwise like new. Includes slender metal squeeze-filler converter.
DATE: c. 1976 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $250
14209: Sheaffer Gregg: black flat-top lever-filler, 12.75 cm long, gold filled trim, enameled Gregg emblem on top of cap; no Sheaffer markings, made for resale by Gregg shorthand schools; special "Gregg" marked nib is responsive though stiffly sprung, brassing to trim.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $125
14196: Waterman 412: early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver filigree Art Nouveau overlay with large flower on cap; 13.5 cm long, #2 star-imprint New York nib, spoon feed, nice strong imprints on top and bottom of barrel overlay, initials "B.R." on cartouche. The hard rubber has been chemically reblackened, surface finely pebbly; marks on cap are old gouges, not cracks. Fine silver overlays are much scarcer than later examples in sterling.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $795
14207: Waterman 416 Filigree: oversize black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with sterling silver overlay, 13.75 cm long, semistub tip on #6 New York nib, goes from extra-fine to extra-broad with paper feel; well-used but sound, wear and tool marks to silver, scratches on section.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: fine flex • $985
14208: Waterman 452½ Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler with sterling silver overlay, 13.5 cm long, scattered light marks to silver, nib has ruler wear notch on side (see detail; does not affect function), fine overall appearance, an elegant flex writer.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $395
14188: unmarked mummy and obelisk magic pencils: silver (?) with multicolored enamel, mummy is 6.1 cm long closed, obelisk 6 cm; mechanisms work smoothly, traces of gold wash visible on mummy. These are larger than typical examples, especially the obelisk. Mummy uses 1.5 to 1.7 mm lead, obelisk 1.1 mm.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $495
14189: unmarked mummy pencil: unusually small figural magic pencil, gold plated with multicolored enamel, 3 cm long retracted, top ring, fine working order, uses standard 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $195
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