The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
We have much to list over the next few weeks, so let's start out with some classic Watermans from the first few decades of the 1900s.
13137: Aikin Lambert Mercantile: rare black chased hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.3 cm long, gold filled trim, identical to a Waterman 42½V but for imprints, nib, and feed; nib has semistub tip. Waterman acquired Aikin Lambert around 1907.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium flex • $245
13205: Waterman 22: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.6 cm long, gold filled trim, narrow #2 nib with early imprint, even moderate fading.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $250
13116: Waterman 0512½ VP: uncommon vest-pocket screw-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth gold filled overlay, 10.5 cm long, crisp imprints on hard rubber, elegant monogram engraved on barrel, #2 New York nib.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $325
13217: Waterman 554 LEC set: black hard rubber lever-filler, smooth 14K solid gold overlay, 13.95 cm long, with matching 1.1 mm pencil. Large and hefty, a few very shallow bumps to the sides of the cap near the top, one at the posting end; semistub nib is responsive and lively.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
13221: Waterman 7 Ripple: large red and black hard rubber lever-filler with scarce and desirable "Blue" nib and crown band, 14.4 cm long, gold filled trim, good color and imprints, original casein color band darkened but intact, sharp-cut calligraphic keyhole-vent nib.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium italic semiflex • $695
13228: Waterman 94 Ripple: Rose Ripple hard rubber lever-filler, 12.85 cm long; crisp and glossy, no brassing, sharp imprints, traces of silver infill on model number at barrel end, #4 nib is fine-tipped but still offers nice shading with normal writing pressure. Interesting special barrel imprint, "FRIENDLY FIVE SHOES/FIVE DOLLARS" (more on Friendly Five here).
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $950
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13204: Bayard Excelsior 630: large black French-made lever-filler, 12.7 cm long, chrome plated trim, distinctively French Deco styling, 18K nib writes a nicely shaded line; crisp imprints, a few pit marks on the cap under the clip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $150
13200: Bayard Souverain: long slender cartridge-filler, 14.1 cm long, black with gold plated trim, triangular ventless 18K nib is a smooth writer; new old stock with original barrel sticker and chalk marks, some superficial shop wear. We understand that currently-available cartridges for the Dupont Classique (040101) will fit this pen as well.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $95
13224: Century sleeve-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with gold filled barrel overlay, 14 cm long, unmarked but clearly of Century manufacture with distinctive rotating sleeve design (the section is turned to reveal the pressure bar). "S" engraved in barrel cartouche, #2 warranted nib of good quality is a responsive writer with considerable flex.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $365
13208: Gold Starry safety: black chased hard rubber, made in France, 9.8 cm long, crisp and glossy, strong imprints, 18K warranted nib may be an old replacement.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium flex • $120
13232: Kin Sin button-filler: unusual oversize Chinese-made pen in black, 13.8 cm long, gold plated (brass?) trim, large 14K Kin Sin nib with ball tip, brass cap liner. Scattered digs to the barrel, cap bands wavy.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium • $265
13212: Lund pencil: helically-grooved wood shaft with fine bone nozzle and end cap, nickel silver turning sleeve, 10.7 cm long; unmarked, as is common among wooden examples, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead. Split in nozzle where mounted on wooden shaft.
DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $120
13199: Mabie Todd Blackbird: red pearl twist-button filler, 13 cm long, gold plated trim; new old stock with original price band on cap, but plating loss to clip and flake missing at right edge of clip cutout at top of cap (see details). Filling mechanism is internally identical to a button-filler, but is actuated by turning the filling knob clockwise to empty the sac.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $95
13207: Matho's safety: black chased hard rubber, French-market, 9.4 cm long, with an 18K warranted nib marked "MADE IN U.S.A." Nib is very soft, opens with light pressure, top surface slightly wavy from past restraightening, pen is otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $95
13203: Paillard Semper 183: black chased hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, marked "IMPORTE ETATS-UNIS" and with a French-hallmarked 18K nib marked "MADE IN U.S.A." Paillard was a French pen company, but like many European makers sourced nibs and whole pens from the United States.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $225
13125: Parker Vacumatic: uncommon French-made Vac in black, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, correct chrome-plated Speedline filler, opaque barrel, 18K nib. Sharp imprints, some shallow nicks to the cap band, clip is a replacement from an English Parker.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $165
13195: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band with roped edges, 13.1 cm long, designed by Emilio Pucci. Made in USA, takes standard Parker refills; with original leatherette case.
DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $105
13194: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band with roped edges, 13.1 cm long, designed by Emilio Pucci. Made in USA, takes standard Parker refills; as new, with original leatherette case but no other packaging.
DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: mint • $125
13186: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph: striated green pearl plunger-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, near mint barrel transparency, crisp imprints, slight step between two-tone Triumph nib and colored ribbed section.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $150
13148: Sheaffer PFM III: oversize black Snorkel-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, 14K gold inlaid nib, smooth super fine tip.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: needlepoint • $265
13115: Waterman 42½: slender full-length black chased hard rubber safety, 12.85 cm long, made in USA for the French market, characteristic narrow 18K solid gold barrel bands French-hallmarked, along with the 18K nib. Slip-on clip is gold plated, fully Waterman marked. Sound condition, barrel imprint and chasing weak from polishing, elegant writer with typical European paper feel.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $245
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