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The first ten or fifteen years of the 20th century saw some of the most beautiful and innovative fountain pen designs of all time. No wonder pens from this era have among been the most highly esteemed by advanced collectors for as long as pens have been collected.
13457: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber taper cap with full gold filled filigree overlay, 15.4 cm long, narrow #1 nib with vent hole behind slit, plain narrow feed; interesting dated inscription on barrel cartouche may postdate pen's manufacture by some years, metal is crisp and clean, but with a slight dent where the very end of the cap was pinched, also cracking the hard rubber underneath (see detail; stable, does not affect function) -- condition otherwise fine to excellent.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $895
13456: Conklin 416: large early straight-cap crescent-filler, 14.8 cm long, gold filled trim, flexible #4 Conklin nib, narrow feed; barrel imprint good but heat-weakened towards the front.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $1200
13447: Parker 025: rare large black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 14.1 cm long, very flexible #5 Lucky Curve nib. Well used but sound, even fading and wear, no cap imprint visible, barrel imprint about half present, no model number on convex barrel end, some tool marks to nib end of barrel. Jointless pens are nearly always found in #2 size -- example as large as #5-size are seldom seen in any condition.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine flex • $650
13446: Parker 020: rare early mottled hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, good color, strong imprints, very flexible narrow teardrop-vent #2 nib has a slightly wavy upper surface; early Lucky Curve feed without side cuts. Tool marks to nib end of barrel, nib collar plug is an accurate reproduction in original material. Jointless pens in black are hard enough to find, but are several times more common than mottled examples.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
13448: Parker 16: black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, gold filled filigree overlay, 13.9 cm long, fully marked, #3 keyhole-vent Lucky Curve nib, intact Lucky Curve feed; an unusually clean example, hard rubber has not been reblackened, interesting dated presentation inscription on barrel cartouche.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $695
13464: Waterman Remex in box: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.6 cm long, bold imprints, moderate even fading, Remex nib has lots of flex, but should be used with restraint as there is a hairline visible through the imprint; with a contemporary slip-on Mercantile clip, some repairs to box.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
13480: Conway Stewart pen pocket: blackened steel, 12 cm long, made to carry clipless pens; nearly identical to the Mabie Todd version, but much less common. Made in England.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • $40
13476: Conway Stewart 85L: red herringbone lever-filler, 13.55 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, excellent example, name on barrel, #3 nib is a pleasant writer.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $245
13477: Conway Stewart 85L: black lever-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, excellent example, name on barrel, #3 nib is a lively writer.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $150
13478: Conway Stewart 12: gold-veined red pearl marbled lever-filler, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England; cap and barrel are casein-based, do not soak!.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $150
13492: Esterbrook SJ: green pearl lever-filler, 12 cm long, stainless steel trim, #1555 Gregg nib; clean example, noting some tool marks to the section (see detail).
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine • $40
13493: Esterbrook J: red pearl full-size lever-filler, 12.7 cm long, stainless steel trim, premium #9460 nib unit is a smooth writer; excellent overall appearance, but scratches visible on close inspection.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $45
13483: Eversharp Skyline Executive: scarce oversize lever-filler, brown with striated golden brown and pearl cap, 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • SOLD
13466: Eversharp Skyline Command Performance: 14K solid gold lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, less common blunt-ended barrel, smooth nib with semistub tip.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium broad • $695
13467: Eversharp Skyline Gold Award: uncommon version with full 1/10 14K yellow gold filled ribbed cap and barrel, 13.6 cm long, lever-filler, striking Machine Age design, two areas of stress cracks in barrel overlay (material probably made too hard), does not affect function, priced accordingly -- otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine • $150
13432: Eversharp pump-filler: unusual black French-market model, 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim; the only parts at all in common with USA-production Eversharps are the Skyline-style feed and nib. The nib, however, is 18K gold and French-hallmarked, and the filling system with the accordion sac is characteristically French.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $225
13431: Gold Starry button-filler: small burgundy model, 10.75 cm long, gold filled trim, 18K gold nib, made in France.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine • $125
13488: Parker 75 Écossais: gold plated, made in France, dished ends, section with angle indicator, 14K USA-made nib with feed marked "F", uses cartridges or converter (not included).
DATE: c. 1977 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $295
13486: Parker 75 Florence: two-tone vermeil, gold over solid sterling silver, cabochon in clip top; made in France for export, USA 14K nib, section ring with angle indicator lines, old-style slender metal squeeze convertor. Excellent condition but for spots of pitting in the exposed silver lines on one side of the barrel, probably from contact with a rubber band (see detail).
DATE: c. 1983 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium • $695
13433: Unic Plextyl: large black button-filler, made in France, 14.3 cm long, gold filled trim, stainless steel Unic #6 nib; crisp imprints, clip is a replacement and of different design from the original.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $120
13481: Waterman Hundred Year: elegant black Lucite lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, gold filled with Ideal globe logo on clip rivet, hard to find superfine tipped Hundred Year #17 nib; name lightly and unobtrusively imprinted on barrel.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: needlepoint • $265