The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
The manufacture of writing equipment in the 19th century involved a great deal of hand work and finishing. The craftsmanship and artistry of these antiques set them apart from later mass-produced articles.
13458: Foster penner: classic Sheffield brass writing compendium, 10.5 cm high, inset glass inkwell is unchipped, brass has some shallow bumps but none of the splits and deep dents often found on surviving examples. This design was made for decades, through the 18th century up into the beginning of the 19th, with examples in use in the Americas in the Revolutionary War era. Thomas Foster, "brass inkstand manufacturer", was listed at 51 Burgess St. in the 1820s, but apparently left the business to become a teacher of music. This penner could just as well have been made by his father, however.
DATE: c. 1825 • CONDITION: VG • $650
13460: Heath dip pen: sterling silver, 15.75 cm long excluding plated nib, fully marked, relief work is an interesting variant of the Waterman "Puritan" or "Patch", with larger patches of scrollwork and the areas separating those patches narrower and with a hand-hammered surface; crisp and details not softened by polishing, one nip towards end of taper (see details).
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $265
13374: Jack Perry dip pen: enormous custom-made oversize modern replica of an early 19th-century Bramah holder, 21.9 cm long, massive sterling silver construction with full London hallmarks. Will accommodate the largest vintage or modern nibs, including Waterman or John Holland #10-size; truly one of a kind.
DATE: c. 2006 • CONDITION: exc • $500
13428: John Jago porte-crayon: sterling silver, 8.95 cm long, faceted perpetual calendar at top, seal with monogram with entwined A, C, and R; London hallmark with date letter for 1811/12, slight seam opening at front of slider slot, overall nice and clean example of a high quality early writing instrument by a well known maker.
DATE: c. 1811 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $625
13449: Mabie Todd desk pencil: sterling silver, pearl taper, 14.6 cm long, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $120
13418: Mabie Todd dip pen: large and unusual, heavy sterling silver with gold filled ferrule, 18.9 cm long excluding ventless gold #6 Mabie Todd #313 nib; nib is missing tipping on one side.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-fine flex* • $225
13369: Mabie Todd dip pen: smooth unmarked black hard rubber holder, 13.65 cm long not including nib, sound but evenly faded to brown, with a very large and solid #7 Mabie Todd nib in 14K gold in excellent condition.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $250
13370: Mabie Todd dip pen: smooth unmarked black hard rubber holder, 13.7 cm long not including nib, sound but evenly faded to brown, with a very large and solid #8 Mabie Todd nib in 14K gold, pristine condition but for the loss of the tipping on one side of the point.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine* • SOLD
13387: Mordan Ejector dip pen set in box: patent dip pen in unhallmarked sterling silver, 17.9 cm long excluding nib, ferrule body slides forward to eject a used nib without soiling the fingers; matching pencil uses 1.5mm "VS" lead. Marked for the Goldsmiths' and Silversmiths' Company, but made by Mordan, the patentee.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: near mint • $500
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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
13492: Esterbrook SJ: green pearl lever-filler, 12 cm long, stainless steel trim, #1555 Gregg nib; clean example, noting some tool marks to the section (see detail).
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine • $40
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
13381: Waterman 0552½ LEC: long slender hard rubber lever-filler, 12.8 cm long, uncommon smooth green gold filled overlay, a handsome and well-proportioned pen with a responsive Waterman #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $350
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
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