The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Retracting-nib safety pens rank high on the gadget factor, plus they can be used with almost any ink -- including India inks which would clog any other kind of fountain pen. Since their heyday was before the takeover of rigid nibs, most are wonderful writers, and this group is no exception. As usual, all have had their seals replaced and are ready to write.
13413: Eric 29: large mottled hard rubber safety, made in England for the French market, 12.2 cm long, comparable in girth to a Waterman 45; crisp imprints, "ERIC"-imprinted 18K gold nib opens with very light pressure, tooth on rougher paper.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $250
13415: Gold Starry No. 256: small mottled hard rubber French safety, 9.9 cm long, two solid 18K hallmarked gold barrel bands, 18K warranted nib.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
13421: Gold Starry (?) No. 3: large black chased hard rubber clipless French safety, 13 cm long, 18K warranted nib; barrel imprint worn and largely illegible below the first line which reads "HACHETTE'S" -- surely a retailer's imprint, for the famous Paris publisher and stationer; comparable in girth to a Waterman 45.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $225
13425: Moore Non-Leakable: black hard rubber retracting-nib safety with smooth gold filled overlay, 12.1 cm long, Moore #2 nib; one shallow ding and some pinprick marks to the cap, small patch of corrosion at front of barrel overlay (see details), safety post inside cap is absent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $650
13417: unmarked safety: smooth black hard rubber, unusually small and slender, 10 cm long, closely resembling a Waterman 41; French manufacture, 18K warranted nib, crisp and glossy, seal replaced, appears never to have been inked.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine stub semiflex • SOLD
13410: Waterman 12S: smooth black hard rubber safety, 11.9 cm long, heavily polished but sound and attractive, barrel imprint is weak, scratches on cap from slip-on clip; notable #2 New York nib, responsive and highly controllable, handsome French figural clip with Egyptian pharaoh is nice and clean.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
13424: Waterman 42½V: black chased hard rubber clipless vest pocket safety, 8.8 cm long, made in USA for French market, French-hallmarked 18K solid gold barrel bands, 18K gold New York nib; even fading and wear, mechanically sound.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $120
13411: Waterman 42: black chased hard rubber safety, 11.85 cm long, crisp and glossy, notable long-tined #2 New York nib with stub tip, handsome French figural clip with Renaissance salamander motif is nice and clean, minor tool mark on turning knob.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub flex • SOLD
13404: Waterman 45: black chased hard rubber, uncommon larger model, 13.4 cm long, imprints on both cap and barrel strong, chasing weaker on barrel than on cap, turning knob appears to have been narrowed, model number imprint gone; notable #5 nib is extremely fine, overall appearance is excellent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $325
13386: Waterman 42: black hard rubber safety with Italian 18K gold filled overlay, 12 cm long, fully marked, attractive alternating panels of various engine turned patterns, elegant floral cap crown; scattered pinprick dings, nib requires deliberate pressure to open.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • SOLD
13429: Waterman 45: large black chased hard rubber clipless safety, 13.5 cm long, well worn but sound, lively and responsive #5 nib, late export imprint on barrel, cap with imprint appears to be from an earlier pen.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine flex • $295
13412: Waterman 42: black chased hard rubber safety, 11.8 cm long, crisp and glossy, late export imprint on barrel, notable sharp-cut italic #2 nib, handsome French figural clip with scarab beetle motif is nice and clean, minor tool marks on turning knob.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium italic flex • SOLD
13403: Waterman 42: black chased hard rubber safety, 12 cm long, late production with export imprint on barrel, clip shadow on cap, surfaces glossy and black, good chasing, notable nib.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub flex • SOLD
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13438: Edward Todd lever-filler set in box: rare and elegant, solid 14K gold with black enamel trim, 12.4 cm long, #3 nib has a semistub tip, matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, both pieces neatly monogrammed "S.W.M.". Leather-covered box bears the name of the retailer, famed jeweler Caldwell & Co. of Philadelphia.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $1650
13373: Parker 24 New Style: an extremely rare slip-cap eyedropper-filler design, offered for only a very brief time (mentioned in Parker's Side Talks in 1899, absent from 1898 and 1900 Parker catalogs); mottled hard rubber, correct black hard rubber section, 14.45 cm long, #4 keyhole vent Lucky Curve nib, intact early narrow Lucky Curve feed, barrel imprint worn at ends but almost all legible. Tool marks and crack in section (see details), cap is a precise replacement made from original material.
DATE: c. 1899 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1500
13367: Parker New Special: rare economy model, smooth black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.6 cm long, even moderate fading, strong barrel imprint, especially unusual with "NEW SPECIAL" imprint on the nib. Nib is missing tipping on one side, hairline from base (see details).
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: VG* • $600
13389: Parker Duofold Special in box: USA-made streamline button-filler with elegant gold filled Italian octagonal overlay with geometric Art Deco engine turning, 12.5 cm long. Spot of plating wear to clip, notable calligraphic nib, comb feed, "AM" mark on edge of cap overlay.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine italic flex • $800
13406: Parker Vacumatic "Non-Stop" injector pencil: early production example of an uncommon and short-loved design, especially hard to find in basic black; 13.1 cm long to match long Major pen, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; imprint with 4th quarter date code.
DATE: 1938 • CONDITION: fine • $195
13450: Parker 51: rare pre-launch model in black with 1/10 14K gold filled cap in grouped parallel lines with monogrammed (CKB) cartouche, very early four-hole clutch; Blue Diamond clip, two-tone clutch ring, metal jewels appear to be silver, blind cap imprint is bold and lacks date code, aluminum Speedline filler has one ding on its side, shell has some tool marks (see details), condition of pen is otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $895
13384: Parker 51 set: black Vac-filler with 1/10 16K gold filled cap, grouped parallel lines with geometric band, rectangular cartouche, two-tone clutch ring, sharp imprint with 4th quarter date code, 14K solid gold Blue Diamond clip; matching twist-action pencil uses .9 mm lead, also has solid gold clip but nozzle is gold filled. Pen cap shows more usage than pencil.
DATE: 1945 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $295
13390: Parker 51: black Vac-filler with Mexican custom-made cap in heavy silver with applied gold decoration of a horse, unicorn, and dragon; pen is US-made with 3rd quarter date code, no marks on cap but all excellent quality with no trace of wear-through (the repurposed Parker Blue Diamond clip excepted).
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $685
13419: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, dished ends, later French-made section, 14K French nib; excellent but for a small bump to the cap rim in the middle of the "MADE IN U.S.A" imprint. Includes later twist-action piston converter.
DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $225
13423: Sheaffer Lifetime Sentinel DeLuxe set in box: large black lever-filler, 13.1 cm long, section with ink window with transparency as new, smooth writing two-tone Triumph nib; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead; brushed stainless steel caps, gold filled trim, bold imprints; slightest swelling around lever opening.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine rigid • $265
13451: Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant: pneumatic-filler in scarce and desirable late color, "Periwinkle", 14.2 cm long, White Dot, gold filled trim, good barrel imprint, conical 14K gold nib is not two-tone, shows no sign of ever having had plating.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $265
13422: Sheaffer Crest Black Laque: black lacquered cartridge-filler, gold plated cap, 14.25 cm long, 18K gold two-tone conical nib.
DATE: c. 1997 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $150
13427: Tacos safety: mottled hard rubber, 12.15 cm long, made in France, sharp barrel imprint, 18K nib also imprinted; excellent but for crack just beginning from nib vent hole (see detail), should be stable if nib used with a light touch and not aggressively flexed.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $185
13437: Waterman 12 VPSF coin filler: rare black chased hard rubber vest pocket model, 10.4 cm long, fancy hand engraved wide gold filled cap band, moderate even fading, good chasing and imprints.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $395
13443: Waterman nurse's pen: ivory pearl lever-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, red painted band at top of cap worn, overall color more even than usual.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $120
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