The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Dip pens from the 19th and early 20th century are not hard to find, but larger examples and those of unusual or elaborate form are scarce indeed -- and still a bargain, when compared to fountain pens of similar rarity and workmanship.
13541: Aikin Lambert dip pen: sterling silver, 15.7 cm long excluding nib, unusual pattern combining typical relief scrollwork with a fluted hexagonal center section; light dings and marks, #3 Aikin Lambert ventless gold nib is in excellent condition, springy but not soft.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
13554: Brown & Bigelow dip pen: aluminum, 16 cm long excluding plated nib, an advertising item marked for the Hotel Sutter in San Francisco. Brown & Bigelow were later known as the makers of the Redipoint mechanical pencil, but they had previously had a long history of making aluminum promotional items of all sorts.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $80
13567: Fairchild dip pen in box: beautifully patterned Eastlake-style gold filled #5 holder with fancy twisted mother of pearl taper, 15.1 cm long excluding nib, fully marked. Matching #5 Fairchild gold nib is extremely easy-opening, brush-soft to the point of requiring special care to maintain control.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine superflex • SOLD
13484: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, twist pattern, 16 cm long excluding plated nib; fully marked, clean with no dents.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • SOLD
13583: John Holland dip pen in box: #6-size takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14.4 cm long excluding matching #6 John Holland gold nib. Flake missing from taper end (see detail), small stress crack in prolongation of the nib slit, appears stable.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
13584: John Holland dip pen: oversize #10 nib in an oversize mottled hard rubber holder, 17.6 cm long altogether, 14 cm not including nib, maximum girth of holder is 11.8 mm; ventless gold nib is intact and an extremely wet writer when flexed (may work better with thicker ink), though with numerous surface irregularities from past restraightenings, holder is unmarked and in near mint condition, glossy and unfaded.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium flex • SOLD
13582: John Holland dip pen: #7-size takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 15.2 cm long excluding nib; nib is a large and solid #8 John Holland 323 in 14K gold in excellent condition, with tooth when pressure applied. Corrosion to underside of holder end from ink exposure does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
13511: Mabie Todd dip pen: #8-size 1877 patent takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14.8 cm long excluding nib; nib is a slightly later (1890s?) large and solid #7 Mabie Todd nib in 14K gold in as new condition, springy but not soft.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub flex • SOLD
13489: Tiffany dip pen: low-relief patinated bronze, 16.4 cm long excluding plated nib. From Tiffany's Zodiac pattern of desk accessories; decoration includes an image of the sign of Libra. While other Tiffany desk accessories are easy to find, the dip pens are quite rare.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • $600
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13455: Conklin lever-filler: small green gold filled all-metal ringtop, 9.5 cm long, chevron pattern, #2 nib opens with light pressure, semistub tip. Metal clean, noting blister bump on lever end tab (see detail).
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $165
13525: De La Rue Onoto Mammoth: rare giant plunger-filler, black chased hard rubber, 16.4 cm long, a full 21.5 cm with cap posted, nickel plated clip, #8 nib slightly wavy near tip from past restraightening, original platinum plating nearly entirely intact; hard rubber has been reblackened, a couple of spots of erosion on the plunger shaft surface.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: broad stub semiflex • $1285
12136: Dunhill cigarette holder pencil: large, black hard rubber, 13.9 cm long, rhodium plated nose cone, Dunhill's white spot inlaid on barrel and on the barrel of the folding cigarette holder housed within; top quality English manufacture, appears virtually unused, bold imprints pencil mechanism propels and retracts 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: near mint • $295
13559: Esterbrook SJ: copper pearl lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim, #2668 nib; original paper price band on cap is loose, can be slipped off.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $50
13542: Parker Vacumatic Oversize pencil: golden pearl laminate, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, strong barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code, striped clip jewel, uses 1.1 mm lead. Name unobtrusively engraved on barrel. An uncommon example of a color introduced only at the very end of Oversize production.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: exc • $165
13564: Parker Vacumatic Major: green pearl laminate, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, fine barrel transparency, good imprint but date code at right side obscured by wear or polishing; crisp trim plating, scratch on cap next to clip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $195
13537: Parker 51 desk set: elegant midcentury modern ensemble with rare Red Band button-filler desk pen, sharp barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code; original synthetic sac is shown in the photo but has been replaced, original sac will be included; base is hefty gold-finished metal, 12.5 cm by 11.3 cm, very clean with only light marks on the black center panel, labels on bottom perfect. "Magnetix" swiveling socket is a Moholy-Nagy design for Parker. Red Band 51s are extraordinarily hard to find, as they were recalled almost immediately upon release.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $825
13538: Parker 51: Cocoa Aerometric filler, Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, good imprint with 2nd quarter date code.
DATE: 1951 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $150
13544: Parker 51: burgundy Aerometric filler, frosty Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim.
DATE: 1953 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium broad • $175
13550: Parker 51 Presidential: Aerometric filler with solid 14K gold cap, barrel, and clip, two-tone clutch ring; made in USA, outstanding condition, name lightly engraved on barrel. While British examples in 9K are not uncommon, American-made Presidentials are truly rare -- this is only the third we have offered in over fifteen years.
DATE: c. 1956 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $2850
13553: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, older model with solid ends, short-feathered arrow clip; made in USA, section with nib angle indicator marks, smooth-writing 14K US-made "M" nib; cap marked "STERLING/SILVER", large metal squeeze-filler convertor included. Plating wear to edges of ends, one shallow pinhead ding to barrel (see details).
DATE: c. 1971 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $275
13568: Sheaffer oversize Lifetime Balance: striated red pearl lever-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, inlaid White Dot, section with ink window, big two-tone Lifetime nib; crisp imprints, no trim brassing, minor wear to nib plating on sides from rubbing against inner cap.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine firm • $465
13530: Wahl-Eversharp Signature: early jade ringtop lever-filler with black trim bands, gold filled trim, 11.9 cm long, uncommon model with unusually good color; #2 Wahl nib is very fine with paper feel.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $120
13551: Waterman 412: early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver filigree Art Nouveau overlay; 13.5 cm long, #2 New York nib, spoon feed with patent imprints, imprints on cap, top and bottom of barrel overlay. Moderate fading to the hard rubber, which has not been reblackened. Fine silver overlays are much scarcer than later examples in sterling.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $865
13470: Waterman 452 Filigree: black hard rubber lever-filler, sterling silver overlay, 13.8 cm long, early example, hard rubber slightly faded, has not been reblackened; long-tined #2 New York nib has good paper feel, opens wide with minimal pressure.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine superflex • $595
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