The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Interest in Conklins has long run in cycles, with competition currently well down from its last peak -- a good time to pick up some of these great American classics.
13141: Conklin P3S: black chased hard rubber vest pocket crescent-filler, 10.9 cm long, gold filled trim, early rectangular top-mounted clip; good clear imprints and chasing.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • SOLD
13291: Conklin Jaxon: large clipless smooth black hard rubber stud-filler, 13.5 cm long, patented variant of Conklin's crescent-filler with a metal lock ring securing the filling stud against accidental actuation. Less common larger size, "5" on barrel, #4 warranted nib. Nearly all of these pens were sold under the Jaxon name, used by Conklin as a sub-brand. Imprints all clearly legible, came to us with nickel-plated slip-on clip with 1910 patent date, nickel plating on filler mechanism largely worn away.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $250
13144: Conklin Endura: "Sapphire Blue" ringtop lever-filler, 11.3 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp imprints, excellent color, name on barrel, dents to cap crown.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $120
13114: Conklin Endura: black and pearl lever-filler, 12.55 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp imprints, no brassing, outstanding color, one small dig to the side of the end of the barrel.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $295
13145: Conklin Ensemble: pen-pencil combination, black and pearl lever-filler, 14.7 cm long, gold filled trim, moderate ambering, good imprints, shallow tool marks on nozzle; uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium italic oblique • $285
13140: Conklin Ensemble: pen-pencil combination, black veined green pearl marbled lever-filler, 14.6 cm long, gold filled trim, fine color, good imprints, usual brassing to clip, light tool marks on nozzle; uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium-fine semiflex • $275
13119: Conklin lever-filler set in box: slender Symetrik-style, red and silver pearl marbled, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, matching 1.1 mm pencil; brassing to trim, sealed stress line on one side of lever pivot, attractive user set, in box, semistub nib writes a nicely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium • $165
13131: Conklin lever-filler: uncommon vest-pocket size Symetric-style model, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp imprints, smooth lever without patent imprints.
DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $200
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13297: Parker Duofold Senior: rare bandless black chased hard rubber oversize button-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, "giant" imprint, "6½" on bottom of blind cap, dating pen to first several months of production of this model. Good sound example with even wear, strong barrel imprint, chasing all present, hard rubber has been professionally reblackened.
DATE: 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine firm • $795
13136: Parker Vacumatic Slender Maxima: scarce and desirable model, golden pearl laminate, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, striped jewels and section, wide cap band, correct early aluminum Speedline filler, large two-tone Arrow nib; strong barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code. True Slender Maximas are far less common than standard Maximas.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $600
13303: Waterman 412S Filigree: early black hard rubber safety with sterling silver overlay, 12.8 cm long, threaded turning knob, early mechanism with helically-grooved barrel interior, nib turns as it is extended and retracted, #2 New York nib has a few marks from past restraightening, easy soft flex. Hard rubber shows even fading to dark brown, good imprints, silver nicely patinated, internal mechanism repaired, seals replaced.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad stub flex • $800
13302: Waterman 12 PSF: extremely early clipless smooth black hard rubber lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, nickel plated trim, a rare example of one of the very first Waterman lever-fillers with a number of distinctive features, including the oval recess for the lever end, a sprung pressure bar assembled with a rivet and with a barrel-shaped anchor end, and a lever box stop consisting of a bent-over tab (discussed in this article). Lever-fillers marked "PSF" were made only from 1915 to mid-1917; of these, only a small number had sprung pressure bars and raised barrel threads; and of these, only a tiny fraction belong to the very first series with the features noted above, making them at least as rare as Waterman coin-fillers. Crisp imprints, good original color, imprinted feed, usual slight distortion around the lever opening.
DATE: 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $450
13295: Waterman 12½VS Baby: vest pocket size black chased hard rubber clipless safety, 8.9 cm long, strong imprints and chasing, moderate even fading, one tiny fleabite to cap lip.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium semiflex • $145
13294: Waterman 12½VS Baby: vest pocket size black chased hard rubber clipless safety, 8.8 cm long, smooth wide gold filled barrel band, crisp imprints and chasing, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
13296: Waterman 15 PSF: large smooth black hard rubber lever-filler, 14.2 cm long, nickel plated trim, well used but sound, moderate fading to hard rubber, very early clip with "GERMAN SILVER" imprint (discontinued shortly after the outbreak of WW1) and flatter top, oversize rivet heads suggest post-factory installation. Feed with patent imprint shows some scuff marks on bottom, responsive #5 nib probably a few years later.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: fine flex • $275
13287: Waterman 51V Ripple: rare red and black hard rubber lever-filler, an export model distinguished by its singular #1-size nib, 10.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, good imprints, fine color, slight even fading.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $275
13236: Waterman Patrician: oversize "Onyx" lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, red hard rubber ends, gold filled trim, strong imprints, excellent trim plating, large name engraved on barrel.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850
13235: Waterman Patrician: oversize "Nacre" (black and pearl) lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, chrome plated trim, outstanding color, some age roughness to the plating on the barrel end medallion, trim plating otherwise like new; name on barrel, big nib is firm, smooth, and writes a finely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine stub • $1250
13299: Waterman combination: rare model, not catalogued or advertised, based upon the 32, black celluloid lever-filler, 14.7 cm long, chrome plated trim, barrel threaded at both ends, fully imprinted, pencil mechanism uses 1.1 mm lead, nib is a classic Waterman semistub, smooth and responsive. Overall appearance excellent, but clip slightly loose.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium semiflex • $950
13288: Waterman 32½: unusual slender lever-filler, 12 cm long, chrome plated trim, striking burgundy-copper pearl with bright red inclusions, both the material and the model normally seen only in Canadian production. This pen, however, is USA-made, apparently for export, and fully marked; lever is of later design, but may well be original, some heat distortion to the cap around the threads, nib is badly cracked from the vent hole and is not usable as is. Sac has been removed, section assembly cleaned.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine* • $165
13293: Waterman desk pens: a pair of lever-fillers, 20 cm long, barrels 10.5 mm thick, gold filled trim, strong imprints, USA-made, unusual pearlescent green celluloid, not seen on standard production pocket pens (though sometimes used for rebranded models made for Montgomery Wards). "Tip-Fill" feeds, #2 nibs are responsive and write an elegantly shaded line, are not wide-openers. Matching Waterman desk pens in uncommon colors are hard to find.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex, extra-fine flex • $385
13220: Waterman 91V pencil: red pearl with green streaks, 10.6 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, propel and retract mechanism, matches 92V pen; export-style imprints, less common color.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine • $50
13219: Waterman 92: uncommon Canadian version, black lever-filler, 12.8 cm long with matching cap and barrel bands, notable broad italic USA-made nib, "Tip-Fill" feed.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad italic flex • SOLD
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