The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Far fewer desk sets were sold than pocket pens (and pencils). Though they take up more room, no collection is complete without a few examples. Older desk sets are markedly less common than newer, as sales increased considerably as white-collar jobs proliferated in the post-WW2 era.
13729: Autocrat desk set: black hard rubber lever-filler with green and white taper, gold filled trim, 18.8 cm long, with jade and black molded celluloid base with advertising imprint for a prominent Midwestern wallpaper company. Second-tier manufacture but clean condition and striking use of materials, 14K gold nib is a good writer.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $165
13732: Mabie Todd Swan desk set: massive rectangular stone base, 11.6 x 17 x 2.6 cm, clean with natural internal layering as shown, desk pen is late USA manufacture, brown pearl and black striped lever-filler, gold filled trim, 19.4 cm long including Swan nib. Mabie Todd desk sets are not common, still less late examples of this sort.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $250
13731: Parker 51 desk set: black Vac-filler, 15.5 cm long, strong imprint with 4th quarter date code, glossy black enameled metal base in modernist style, Magnetix swivel joint.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $145
13717: Sheaffer Lifetime desk pen: black lever-filler, 19.6 cm long, uncommon reverse trim (chrome rather than gold filled), large White Dot, red trim band, two-tone Lifetime nib with turned-up nib.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $165
13716: Sheaffer desk pencil: uncommon oversize model, 21.4 cm long, black, gold filled trim, jade green trim band, uses 1.1 mm lead; extra-long, with eraser housing in pull-out taper.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: near mint • $225
13724: Sheaffer 5-30 desk set: black and pearl lever-filler, 18.5 cm long, gold filled trim, firm smooth 5-30 nib, excellent color, near-invisible sealed hairline in base of taper (see detail), in scarce Woman Carrying a Basket base in bronzed metal, base clean with only a couple of small surface abrasions in the skirts.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium • SOLD
13730: Wahl-Eversharp Bantam Doric desk set: hard to find miniature, marble base is 5.1 x 5.1 x 1.2 cm, red pearl marbled bulb-filler desk pen is 13.8 cm long, faceted barrel, gold filled trim, 14K Wahl #0 nib. Holder is fully imprinted, small chip to rim (see detail).
DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine flex • $150
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13653: Cross stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.4 cm long, fully marked, with Jan. 29, 1878 patent date mostly legible; sprung needle design, needle and tip intact, even fading to hard rubber overall, discoloration to part of cap mouth (see detail) from overheating.
DATE: c. 1879 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine • $145
13736: Eagle combination: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1911, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo. Good sound example of later production with clip, moderate fading, imprints and chasing all good, notably precise and responsively calligraphic nib.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $275
13747: Esterbrook Relief 314: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, fully Esterbrook-marked, manufactured by Wirt. Characteristic bottom-vented Wirt feed, pen shows no sign of ever having been filled, ventless gold Esterbrook-marked nib has one superficial nick or tool mark on the top right tine (see detail).
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium oblique italic • $950
13515: Parker 018: rare black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.95 cm long, early pre-spearhead Lucky Curve feed without side cuts at tip, good barrel imprint with patent application of Apr 1899 last noted, pre-Lucky Curve banner.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra fine flex • SOLD
13741: Parker Vest Pocket Duofold pencil: basic black ringtop, 8.7 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; colored examples are much easier to find.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • $80
13739: Parker Vest Pocket Duofold pencil: black veined pearl, 8.35 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; less common configuration with clip, appears unused, with intact eraser, original price sticker (worn).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: near mint • $120
13740: Parker Vest Pocket Duofold pencil: black-veined green pearl ringtop, scarce late color with notable pearlescence, 8.6 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; colored examples are much easier to find.
DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $85
13751: Parker Bridge set: four enameled metal desk bases with matching Vest Pocket Duofold ringtop pencils for the four cards suits. A very rare set, lightly used, missing only the upper parts of each of the four individual boxes, with some wear and damage to the outermost box (see details).
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: exc • $1450
13723: Parker Vacumatic: early full-sized silver pearl laminate, 13 cm long, chrome plated trim, striped section and end jewels, good imprint with 3rd quarter date code, unusual lockdown filler plunger with smooth end, no milling; notable true italic nib, two-tone with matching 2nd quarter date code. Name on barrel, not obtrusive.
DATE: 1935 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: broad italic • $450
13748: Parker Duofold: black button-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, uncommon wide "jeweler's" cap band with fine parallel lines pattern, good imprint with 4th quarter date code, nib with matching date code, section with transparent ink window, celluloid blind cap sits slightly askew.
DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium fine • $150
13522: Parker 180: textured red prototype finish, gold plated trim, "UC" date code, triangular nib marked only "F" on feed.
DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $450
13521: Parker 35: attractive speckled blue prototype lacquer finish, gold plated trim, made in France, "YE" date code, 18K nib, slender metal squeeze-filling converter; flat barrel tassie is typical of Flighters, not of standard production Laque series 35s.
DATE: 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $600
13720: Sheaffer 2A Self-Filling: early black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.85 cm long, nickel plated trim, #2 Self Filling nib, raised barrel threads, pointing hand shows direction to unscrew cap, "SHEAFFER-CLIP" clip imprint, crisp chasing and imprints, only slightest fading.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $225
13728: Waterman Patrician: oversize "Onyx" lever-filler, 13.9 cm long, red hard rubber ends and section, gold filled trim, all original and mechanically sound, noting typical discoloration, wear to lever plating, and engraved name on clip.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $695
13643: Waterman Lady Patricia Ink-Vue set in box: compound lever pump-filler in black, 11 cm long, chrome plated trim, with matching pencil (uses 1.1 mm lead, mechanism propels and retracts); price sticker on pen, barrel transparency is perfect, original sac is petrified, but has not been replaced. Box is extra-fancy version, some staining and fading, clean original instruction sheet.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine • $450
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