12185: unmarked bullet pencil: brass and cupronickel, 8.6 cm long with nozzle retracted, extends by twisting the "bullet"; uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, similar to the well-known Omdurman pencils and of comparable quality, and also utilizing a used British .303 service rifle cartridge case (Mark II, Cordite).

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $200

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12728: unmarked button-filler: black Bakelite, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, made in France, plated warranted nib, appears to be new old stock, with minor shop wear.

DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $95

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11991: unmarked desk pencil: long and elegant, gold filled trim with twist pattern black hard rubber barrel sleeve, 15.1 cm long, propels and retracts, uses 2.65 mm lead (lead clutch could be squeezed slightly to allow use of more readily available 2.5 mm lead).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $95

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11202: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, American manufacture, marked only "STERLING"; bold twist decoration of fine quality, 15.5 cm long excluding plated steel nib.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $160

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11622: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 15.9 cm long excluding brass nib, American manufacture, excellent quality, nicely proportioned twist and scroll pattern, a few shallow bumps to the ferrule (see detail).

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $175

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12940: unmarked dip pen: long elegant black hard rubber holder, 19.6 cm long excluding plated nib; moderate even fading, American manufacture, inner diameter of barrel at holder end is 7.5 mm.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • $50

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13042: unmarked dip pen: mottled hard rubber, hexagon flange and roll stop, 17.5 cm long excluding plated nib; molded construction, shaft slightly flattened rather than completely round in section.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $65

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12969: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, scroll pattern, 16.4 cm long excluding plated nib, American manufacture, fancy engraved monogram on holder, "MS".

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120

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13014: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 15.1 cm long excluding steel nib, American manufacture, excellent quality, unusual coil-pattern body.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • $165

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12570: unmarked dip pen: large, hand-painted porcelain, European (German?), 17.2 cm long excluding steel nib; some wear to overglaze decoration, no cracks or chips.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • $145

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12820: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver twist pattern, 16.8 cm long excluding plated nib, probably American manufacture, engraved only "G.G.E", apparently a monogram rather than a maker's mark. Excellent quality.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • $125

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12771: unmarked double-ended pencil: slender hexagonal silver barrel with colored casein cones on either side, 13 cm long, hallmarked "835", probably German manufacture, uses 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG • $85

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7189: unmarked dummy display pen: heavy solid rubber, 13.9 cm long, looks like slip-cap eyedropper-filler but does not open.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: exc • $75

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12470: unmarked extending pencil: sterling silver, 9.75 cm long retracted, 12.7 cm extended, hexagonal shaft, yellow (glass?) seal stone, brocade patten on shaft very worn, sliding collar loose on slider pins (does not come off), name engraved, steel nozzle tip characteristically American, nice large early pencil; uses 1.0 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1855 • CONDITION: G • $95

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12863: unmarked extending pencil: medium-quality gold filled construction, English manufacture, 9 cm long retracted, 11.4 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; initials engraved on barrel cartouche, wear and shallow dings, green faceted "jewel" in crown is probably an addition along with the crown itself, which is yellower and of much higher quality, very probably solid 14K gold.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG* • $80

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11952: unmarked extending pencil: sterling silver, English manufacture, hexagonal shaft, 7.6 cm long closed, 11.3 cm extended, shield-shaped moonstone seal stone, unusual with extra section of telescoping hexagonal shaft. Uses 1.05 mm "M" lead, fully functional noting nick to nozzle tip, small stress crack at front of slider slot, and absence of one of the two pins securing the sliding collar.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $80

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10656: unmarked extending pencil: slender, 8.1 cm long, 10.3 cm extended, yellow seal stone has chip on rim, metal crisp, noting short area of seam opening at front of slider slot; nozzle marked for "H" lead, appears to be English manufacture though not hallmarked, and of solid gold with no sign of wear-through.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine* • $65

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9877: unmarked eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber straight-cap, 11.65 cm long, overlay marked "18K" on both cap and barrel, but appears to be gold filled. Excellent quality, like new condition, warrnted nib somewhat toothy.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine flex • $275

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11815: unmarked figural pencil: a rare and desirable American-made ringtop magic pencil in the form of an owl, 3.3 cm long retracted, 6.1 cm extended, gold filled trim, lapis blue celluloid body, red (ruby?) eyes; excellent detail and workmanship, probably Fairchild or Aikin Lambert, uses standard 1.1 mm lead. Action is a bit sticky but mechanism fully functional, usual age shrinkage to body has led to the side seam opening on one side and partially opening on the other (see details).

DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: VG* • $600

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10726: unmarked glass dip pen: hollow clear golden brown handle, clear twisted nib, about 17 cm long, hand-made; part of a hoard found in central Europe, several available.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $25

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10951: unmarked Graf Zeppelin dip pen: rare figural holder, made to commemorate the Graf Zeppelin's visit to Estonia in 1930; .875 fine silver, Estonian hallmarks, 14.8 cm long excluding nib, nicely detailed, excellent quality; discreet engraving on top, fine example lacking the usual deep nicks and dings.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $800

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12703: unmarked ink eraser: elegant slender scraper, mother of pearl handle with inlaid abalone, 14 cm long, probably French but not marked.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $65

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12296: unmarked magic pencil: small gold filled ringtop, 4.6 cm long closed, 8 cm open, uses standard 1.1 mm lead; black chased barrel sleeve is celluloid, has cracks from age shrinkage (see details), mechanism works smoothly and securely.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $45

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11537: unmarked magic pencil: small ringtop, gold filled trim, 4.8 cm long closed, 8.5 cm extended, uses "M" (1.05 mm) lead, some age speckling to the plating, mechanism works smoothly, could be Fairchild manufacture.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $160

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12230: unmarked magic pencil: gold filled ringtop, hexagonal red and white marbled celluloid barrel, 4.75 cm long closed, 9.2 cm extended, uses 1.05 mm lead; usual seam openings to celluloid from age shrinkage, otherwise good clean condition.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $80

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12856: unmarked magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.1 cm long retracted, 11.6 extended, high quality American manufacture, uses standard 2mm thick lead, hefty silver relief work, dings visible on shaft when pulled out.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG • $145

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10747: unmarked magic pencil: large gold filled ringtop, 5.7 cm long closed, 11.2 cm extended, elaborate twist pattern barrel is thick and substantial; uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead, smooth mechanism, possibly made by Hicks.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • $265

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10651: unmarked magic pencil: gold filled, with suspension sheath with hand engraved floral decoration, 7.2 cm closed, 12.3 cm extended, uses standard 2mm lead; very substantial, smooth action, initials on barrel, probably made by Hicks.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • $200

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9700: unmarked middle-joint eyedropper-filler: clipless black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 13.65 cm long, no maker's name but could be A. A. Waterman or Sterling, cap marked "PAT.APPLD. FOR"; narrow feed, #3 warranted nib of fine quality, good writer with plenty of line variation though a bit draggy; owner's name on barrel, surface slightly granular on close inspection due to chemical reblackening. For more on middle-joint eyedropper-fillers, see our Pen Profile.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium flex • $165

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10895: unmarked miniature safety set in box: beautiful ensemble, German manufacture, purple transparent enamel over silver. Black hard rubber safety pen is 7.2 cm long, fully functional, and appears never to have been used (we have replaced its cork seal and repaired a small crack in the internal spiral). The magic pencil is 5.25 cm long and bears an 835 silver content stamp on its ring; shaft and nozzle are gold-plated, and it uses standard 1.1 mm lead. The enamel is intact on pen and pencil, but is damaged on one side of the matching wax seal (see detail). Box is marked "Joyeria Zerbino", a retailer in Montevideo.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine • $825

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11907: unmarked mummy pencil: gold plated ringtop, 4.2 cm long retracted, 7.9 cm extended, inlaid colored enamel, mechanism works smoothly; uses standard 1.1 mm lead.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG • $250

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11906: unmarked novelty dip pen and pencil: wooden souvenir in the form of an umbrella, 28.2 cm long, shaft pulls out to reveal dip pen, tip of umbrella covers clutch pencil nozzle, uses 2 mm lead; fabric cover to body, shaft hand-carved "WASHINGTON D. C.", painted papier-mache cherries attached.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $120

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12681: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass and celluloid, in the form of an antique pistol, 5.1 cm long, 6.1 cm with nozzle extended; barrel twists to extend nozzle, lead propels and retracts, uses standard 1.1 mm lead, celluloid "stock" has one small chip at the back, material very likely of German manufacture.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • $125

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10602: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass, 9.6 cm long, in the form of a large screw; the head turns to extend and retract the lead. Uses standard 2.0 mm drafting lead, Cross made similar pencils, but could also be English.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $85

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12295: unmarked novelty pencil: nickel plated brass, 6.7 cm long, in the form of a screw; the head turns to extend and retract the lead. Uses standard 2.0 mm drafting lead, Cross made similar pencils, but could also be English. One small stress crack near front of threads.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • $45

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12721: unmarked Parker 51 counterfeit: black with metal cap marked "14KR GOLD FILLED" but with only a very thin gold wash; fully marked in imitation of a real 51, sac hardened, will need to be replaced; plated nib, cap jewel is opaque silver in color. Probably made in Japan, quality is low but much historical interest. Unused with shop wear, eight available.

DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine • $45

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11943: unmarked pencil: slender, barleycorn pattern with what appear to be traces of gilding (material appears to be solid silver and not plate), 9.3 cm long, uses 1.4 mm lead, probably American.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • $70

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11024: unmarked pencil and pencil topper: small sterling silver ringtop, uses standard 2 mm lead, 6.6 cm long, with similarly marked silver topper for a wooden pencil -- chased sleeve slides up to hide eraser, has some roughness and a small split at the top edge (see details). Both pieces probably New York manufacture.

DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $80

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13013: unmarked retracting dip pen: gold filled with ebonized wood taper, #6 size, 7.9 cm long retracted, 12.7 cm long excluding plated nib; crisp with little wear, but crimping to end of barrel (see detail), otherwise excellent.

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • $60

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9970: unmarked safety: miniature black hard rubber retracting-nib German safety, 8.35 cm long, engine-turned silver overlay marked only "900" at the center of the cap crown; despite size, a fully functional pen, cork has been replaced, 14K gold warranted nib has considerably flex, but due to dimensions line width variation is limited.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $400

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10568: unmarked safety: black hard rubber, small and slender with silver overlay; 9.45 cm long, French made, 18K warranted nib is serviceable but toothy, tipping scant.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $225

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12155: unmarked safety: black chased hard rubber, clipless, 13.3 cm long, good quality German manufacture, 14K nib is long-tined and opens up wide with very light pressure.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $295

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10566: unmarked safety: black hard rubber, vest pocket size with silver overlay with grouped parallel lines pattern; 10 cm long, French made, small 18K warranted nib is smooth and opens up with the slightest pressure; a couple of small dings to the top edge of the cap overlay, internal spiral has been repaired.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $265

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11555: unmarked safety pen: clipless black chased hard rubber European retracting-nib eyedropper-filler, 12.5 cm long, fine quality, notable bold smooth nib.

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-broad oblique • $265

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9785: unmarked scraper: erasing knife, blade marked on base "AVE/MARIA"; handle slightly bent to side, doubles as a paper knife; 15.7 cm long.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120

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12229: unmarked sheath pencil: white metal, 10 cm long, Egyptian-themed enameled badges applied on each side; dings overall, corrosion hole in holder (see details).

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: G* • $45

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10439: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.3 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "SAN MIGUEL CHURCH IN 1872, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO." Image is nice and clean, some rust on ferrule.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $80

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10438: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.1 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "THE OLD MISSION - SANTA BARBARA/CALIFORNIA." Image is nice and clean, unusual California subject.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • $90

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10437: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.4 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "THE OLD MISSION - SAN LUIS REY/CALIFORNIA." Image is nice and clean, a little rust inside ferrule, unusual California subject.

DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • $90

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10443: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.4 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "HOLY ROSARY CHURCH/INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA ." Good clean image.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • $60

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10442: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 16.9 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "SHRINE CHURCH, OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION/CAREY, OHIO." Good clean image.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • $60

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10441: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.2 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "ST ANN'S CHURCH, VIDA, MONTANA/BUILT IN 1933 WITH THE AID OF/EXTENSION SOCIETY, CHICAGO ILL ." Good clean image, some rust to ferrule.

DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine • $60

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