Flexible Nibs: D-O

13285: De La Rue Onoto: uncommon New York-made black hard rubber plunger-filler, 14.4 cm long, gold filled trefoil filigree overlay, over and under feed. Fully marked including 1906 USA patent date on section flange, barrel overlay is mounted on a chased and imprinted barrel. Onotos were made in the USA for only a short time, c. 1909-1912.

DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1100

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13465: De La Rue Onoto: long black hard rubber plunger-filler, gold filled barrel overlay, 15 cm long, responsive nib, French hallmarks on 1922 patent clip and overlay; brassing to clip but none to overlay, cap threads that connect upper and lower parts of cap have been repaired, and are now stronger than new.

DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine stub flex • $385

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13463: De La Rue Onoto in box: clipless black hard rubber plunger-filler, London-hallmarked sterling silver barleycorn overlay, 11.8 cm long, #3 nib with underfeed; shallow bumps to cap crown, otherwise clean with even honest wear.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium flex • $485

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11212: De La Rue Onoto set in box: black hard rubber plunger-filler, 14.85 cm long, gold filled barrel overlay, matching cap crown, both with French hallmarks; #3 Onoto nib is an unusual sharp-edged italic with considerable flexibility. Boxed with a De La Rue patent injector pencil that appears to use 1.1 mm lead, but requires repair; pencil has some brassing, and comes with a well-constructed lead holder of hard rubber with a gold filled overlay; box interior rather tattered.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine italic flex • $650

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11210: Dunhill Twopen: English-market version of the legendary Zerollo double-nibbed pen; helically-chased black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim. Crisp imprints, fully marked, both nibs very soft and flexible.

DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $4850

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13316: Eagle Correspondent: unusual end-joint black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, hard rubber is crisp and glossy, with strong imprints, excellent but for some scratching to the nib's surface; see this Pen Profile for more information.

DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $265

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8626: Eagle Rexall combination: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.3 cm long, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1913, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo; hard rubber is crisp and glossy, with clean imprints including "S15" on the cap top; unusual version made for the Rexall chain of drugstores, bearing no Eagle marks, though carrying a characteristic Eagle 14K nib (very flexible).

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $295

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13382: Edward Todd combination: smooth gold filled all-metal lever-filler, 14.25 cm long, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead, #3 Edward Todd nib is slightly upturned, a smooth and flexible writer. Interesting inscription on barrel for the Fort Pitt Spring & Manufacturing Co. of Pittsburgh. Excellent quality, solid construction.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $295

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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

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13597: Eversharp Doric: small black faceted plunger-filler, 11.65 cm long, gold filled trim, Eversharp #2 Signature nib has nice springy flex, ink shutoff valve seal has not been replaced, does not affect function. Even wear, good user, noting divot on cap above band (see detail).

DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD

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12582: Eversharp Skyline: dark burgundy lever-filler, 13.35 cm long, gold filled trim, doubly rare with ribbed sterling silver cap -- the rarest of all Skyline caps -- and Wahl markings instead of Eversharp (nib, top ring, and clip, with "W" logo in place of double check mark). It has been suggested that a small number of Skylines were so marked in order to maintain trademark protection for the Wahl name, but this is still speculation -- though the rarity of these pens is well-known.

DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $675

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11727: Eversharp Skyline: burgundy lever-filler with uncommon ribbed plastic cap, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, economy model, clip does not extend over the top of the derby; noteworthy nib is very fine, opens up easily with only slight pressure but only so far -- limited line width variation.

DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $120

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11347: Eversharp Skyline: black full-length lever-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, uncommon configuration with ribbed plastic cap; name on barrel.

DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $175

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11118: Eversharp Skyline Command Performance: 14K solid gold lever-filler, 13.35 cm long, less common blunt-ended barrel, long-tined nib is an effortlessly responsive writer.

DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $695

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12422: Eversharp Skyline set: uncommon "Dart" pattern lever-filler with 1/10 14K gold filled cap and barrel, 12.5 cm long, with matching 1.1 mm injector pencil; metal crisp on both, noting engraved name on center bands. Patch of plating wear-through next to barrel threads (see detail), nib is a real pleasure to use.

DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $325

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12255: Fairchild/Johnson dip pen: handsome gold filled barleycorn holder with pearl taper, 13.9 cm long, marked "FAIRCHILD" and "3", nib is an E.S. Johnson #2, unusually marked on the underside "14K". Nib is extremely flexible, requires a very light hand; nib slit slightly prolonged into top of imprint by short stable hairline crack. Fairchild and Johnson merged in 1898, but this nib and holder could have been put together earlier as well.

DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $175

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10532: Gold Bond combination: black and pearl lever-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent quality, Wahl-style pressure bar, toggled to catch-equipped lever; #4 warranted nib is generously-sized, smooth, and opens wide with light pressure, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; name on barrel.

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $225

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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

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11544: Hicks combination: sterling silver lever-filler and pencil, 11.9 cm long, unusual hand hammered finish over finely engine turned ground, 18K Hicks nib; identical to a Twinpoint combo, but marked only "STERLING". Initials in barrel escutcheon, uses 1.1 mm lead, nib gives wide line variation, not hallmarked for export so appears to be intended for jewelry store retail sale.

DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $650

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12256: Hicks dip pen: long unmarked mottled hard rubber holder, 20.1 cm long excluding uncommon V-vent Hicks #5 gold dip nib. Holder has a gouge and a short stable crack at the end (see detail), does not affect function, nib is a notable writer, nice sharp smooth italic, some marks from restraightening (someone pressed a bit too hard, as it flexes with very little pressure).

DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $175

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11102: Hicks The Quill: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with gold filled overlay, 14.3 cm long; crisp engine turning of unusual complexity, barrel overlay marked "W. S. HICKS NEW YORK", nib is marked "LONDON". Hicks had a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, concentrating on dip pens and pencils rather than fountain pens until the later 1920s. Early Hicks fountain pens are not at all common -- overlay examples even more so.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $895

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12691: John Holland 75: uncommon oversized black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated hatchet, wide gold filled cap band; originally clipless, came to us with a 1910-patent slip-on clip, included. Even fading and wear, imprints all legible, Holland #15 nib takes deliberate pressure to open up, more of a semiflex for ordinary use.

DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $475

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13583: John Holland dip pen in box: #6-size takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14.4 cm long excluding matching #6 John Holland gold nib. Flake missing from taper end (see detail), small stress crack in prolongation of the nib slit, appears stable.

DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265

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8667: Kaweco safety: unusual black chased hard rubber clipless model, 12.7 cm long, with a ventless Hicks New York 18K gold nib with French hallmarks; condition is like new, but the original barrel imprint of this French-market pen appears to have been polished away -- most likely out of WW1-era anti-German sentiment. Early production Kawecos often carried New York-made nibs, but most were from A. Morton.

DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $325

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13101: Kaweco Westminster 21: small jade green button-filler, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim, black hard rubber ends; strongly Kaweco in style and appearance, though Westminster has been listed as a Montblanc sub-brand -- may have been a retailer's house brand instead. #2 Montblanc nib, Montblanc notched feed, darkening to barrel, strong imprints, nick to cap lip and short barrel mouth hairline have been professionally sealed and are barely visible (see details).

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • $275

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11125: Laughlin doctor's pen: black chased hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, thermometer in compartment at end of barrel; 16.3 cm long, crisp and glossy, as new, never filled.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium stub superflex • $1600

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12936: Mabie Todd Swallow combination: black and cream lever-filler, 15.9 cm long, gold filled trim, New York production, fine color, good imprints, eraser under cap crown, uses 1.1 mm lead, smooth and responsive #2 M.T. & Co. nib. Strong imprints, some plating wear to lower cap band, pencil mechanism loose (lead will push back in use unless cone is held to prevent rotation).

DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $295

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11132: Mabie Todd Swan: hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with extremely rare Fleur-de-lys pattern gold filled high relief overlay; 13.5 cm long, full Mabie Todd & Bard imprint on barrel with 1880s patent dates, classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire "tail". Initial on cap, name on barrel, only a handful of examples of this design are currently known, with a silver specimen selling for over $11,000 on eBay in November 2013.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium stub flex • $4500

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11272: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with solid 18K gold barleycorn pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long, tool marks on posting end and on section overlay (see details), but pattern and imprints all sharp and clean. #2 New York nib is sharp-cut, with classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire feed tail.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine italic flex • $1600

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10741: Mabie Todd Swan Leverless: gold filled overlay twist-filler, 13.7 cm long, new old stock; made in England, crisp engine turned panels; overlaid section, #2 Swan nib opens up with light pressure for a broad, bold line.

DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium stub flex • $525

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12687: Montblanc 142: striated green pearl piston-filler, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, two-tone nib, uncommon export model with "MASTERPIECE" on cap band, excellent color though limited barrel transparency, barrel threads somewhat irregular, does not affect function; a fine writer, precise and elegant.

DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850

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13632: Montegrappa The Elmo Pen: early production black hard rubber safety, 12.75 cm long, smooth gold filled overlay, #2 Elmo nib, Moore-style one-piece shaft and feed; cap has engraved monogram, dings to crown, cap lip has been replaced. Nib has a crack from the vent hole, usable with a light hand. The Elmo Pen was one of Montegrappa's very first models, and an overlay example is unheard of.

DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $650

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13539: Moore Midget: smooth black hard rubber short vest pocket size safety, 9.15 cm long, good imprints, original surface glossy and unfaded, lively nib, intact safety post inside cap.

DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $225

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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

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13128: Namiki Pilot: black lacquered hard rubber plunger-filler, 12.5 cm long, gold filled trim, lacquered feed as well. From the Oakland Japantown hoard. New old stock, came to us without a nib, warranted nib is old but not original, piston seals have been replaced, original packing seals regreased.

DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $325

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13222: Osmia Supra Progress 196: large grey-green pearl pump-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual Vacumatic-style filling system, transparent barrel with web patterning, notable two-tone nib is an elegant writer. Overall condition is fine to excellent, but for heat shrinkage to marbled area at end of barrel.

DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $350

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