The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Parker's fancy overlays may get the attention nowadays, but the company won its spurs in the first decades of the 20th century with its more workaday Lucky Curve and Jack-Knife Safety eyedroppers and button-fillers. These were working pens, so clean examples are now hard to come by -- and especially those with the optional transparent Bakelite barrels.
12846: Parker 1: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.4 cm long, imprint with 1894, 1898, and 1905 patent dates; even wear and fading, name on barrel, intact Lucky Curve feed, teardrop-vent Lucky Curve nib is extraordinarily flexible.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine superflex • SOLD
12849: Parker 20: rare slip-cap button-filler with transparent Bakelite barrel, hard rubber cap; 14.1 cm long, good barrel imprint, no model number on blind cap, #2 keyhole-vent Lucky Curve nib has moderate flex. A transparent silicone sac has been installed.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $565
12847: Parker 23½: black chased hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, intact Lucky Curve feed, slightly later heart-vent Lucky Curve nib is the same size as the original, but is a #2 instead of a #3. Bold imprint, good chasing, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine stub • SOLD
12850: Parker 18½: black chased hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.1 cm long, intact Lucky Curve feed, heart-vent Lucky Curve nib.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium semiflex • $225
12848: Parker 23: slip-cap eyedropper-filler with black hard rubber cap, transparent Bakelite barrel, 13.7 cm long, clean barrel imprint, intact Lucky Curve feed, #3 Lucky Curve nib is an elegant writer.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $595
12844: Parker 20½ Jack-Knife Safety: full-length black chased hard rubber button-filler, 13.2 cm long, nickel plated trim, earlier model with domed cap top, knurled bead at end of blind cap; crisp and glossy, good imprints and chasing, intact Lucky Curve feed, #2 nib with teardrop vent and banner imprint.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $265
12845: Parker 20 Jack-Knife Safety: scarce and desirable screw-cap eyedropper-filler, black hard rubber with transparent Bakelite barrel; 12.3 cm long, good imprints on both cap and barrel, moderate even fading to cap, name on barrel, bump to bottom edge (see details).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: needlepoint semiflex • SOLD
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12907: Asprey writing set in box: sterling silver dip pen, desk pencil, and paper knife with seal end, pen 16.6 cm long excluding plated nib, pencil uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; all three pieces engraved "LW", bear London hallmarks with maker mark "JH" (John Hill?), lightly scribed jeweler's inventory numbers. "ASPREY" appears only on the silver blade of the paper knife.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $385
12895: Conklin lever-filler: green economy-line model, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, semistub nib; fleabite to rim of cap lip, stress mark to left of nib vent hole (should be stable if nib not overstressed -- was probably treated as a flex nib, which it isn't).
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine • $120
12905: De La Rue Onoto: black hard rubber plunger-filler with smooth gold filled overlay, 11.9 cm long, made in England for the French market, French hallmarks, 18K gold nib, over and under feed, soft easy flex with generous ink flow. Scattered small dings, cap crown well bumped, has enlarged center vent hole.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $450
12893: John Holland 72 in box: smooth black hard rubber clipless hatchet-filler, 14.3 cm long, gold plated trim, bold imprints, John Holland #12 nib. In original box with instructions and list of replacement parts.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $375
12897: Parker Duette: small bronze and cream button-filler, 11.3 cm long, gold filled trim, strong barrel imprint, notably good color. Nib has what appears to be a stable stress hairline from the base, cap has a patch of increased transparency next to the clip (see details).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub • $200
12898: Parker Vacumatic Junior: red pearl marbled, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, remarkable barrel transparency, bold imprint with 1st quarter date code; nib has 4th quarter date code, is missing tipping on one side, some shrinkage to blind cap (see details). Filler diaphragm has been removed to preserve color -- not a user.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $200
12892: Parker 17 School: dark blue slip-cap, 13.4 cm long, chrome trim, hooded stainless steel nib, made in England, not sold in USA; sac transparency as new.
DATE: c. 1968 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $95
12891: Parker 65 Custom: burgundy with gold filled cap, 13.4 cm long, inlaid 14K nib, uses standard Parker cartridges or convertor (included); original chalk marks on barrel, pearl jewel on cap, metal jewel on barrel; made in England, not sold in USA.
DATE: c. 1968 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine • $195
12903: Sheaffer Imperial Sovereign set in box: 14K gold filled cartridge-filler, 13.2 cm long, White Dot, inlaid 14K gold nib, mint with original price sticker, squeeze-type metal converter; with matching .9 mm pencil and ballpoint, both also stickered.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $250
12916: Towle ballpoint telephone dialer: sterling silver, 12.3 cm long, uses standard Schneider Express 75 refills, scattered bumps and marks, ball end bent to the side (see detail), very solidly made with good heft.
DATE: c. 1965 • CONDITION: G • $45
12900: Waterman 20: giant black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 16 cm long, nickel plated trim, largest Waterman of its kind, huge #10 nib writes an elegant line. Crisp imprints and chasing, slight and even fading (has not been reblackened or otherwise treated), pen appears never to have been filled, though it had been dipped; minor handling marks.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $2875
12874: Waterman lever-filler: silver pearl, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, smooth Ideal nib.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $125
12878: Waterman lever-filler: golden pearl, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada, #2A nib writes a nicely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $145
12876: Waterman 515: cordovan lever-filler, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada, new old stock with nib grade sticker on cap, some age spotting to plating of clip rivet, stress hairline at base of nib clearly a manufacturing defect, does not appear to affect function.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium • $165
12873: Waterman Crusader Taperite: black lever-filler, hooded nib, 11.8 cm long, frosted aluminum cap is very clean but for patch of abrasion on back.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine firm • $85
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