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We've always been drawn to the interesting and the unusual, so we've set aside for this featured update several pens and pencils that are, in various ways, out of the ordinary. Though not expensive, they are all items that could take a good long time to find offered again.
13570: Day pencil: smooth black hard rubber, 11.5 cm long, barrel end is turned to propel thick 3.5 mm lead; marked only "DAY 1852", barrel slightly bent, with pinhole void towards front (apparently a manufacturing flaw -- see detail).
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG* • SOLD
12136: Dunhill cigarette holder pencil: large, black hard rubber, 13.9 cm long, rhodium plated nose cone, Dunhill's white spot inlaid on barrel and on the barrel of the folding cigarette holder housed within; top quality English manufacture, appears virtually unused, bold imprints pencil mechanism propels and retracts 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: near mint • SOLD
13629: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 11.3 cm long, square body ruled to 3 5/8 inches, extends to 32.5 cm to measure a full 12 inches; hand-engraved numbers, 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm thick lead. Early production, unusual size, only example we have handled that is three-draw, rather than two. Ringtop attachment appears to have been resoldered in the past (see detail).
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • $350
13563: Eversharp CA ballpoint demonstrator: transparent barrel, brushed stainless steel cap and barrel end cap, gold filled clip, 13.1 cm long, maroon nose cone, original refill is intact but nonfunctional.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: exc • $225
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
13628: Parker 45 demonstrator in box: transparent barrel and shell, brushed stainless cap, gold plated trim, made in USA, "M" marked 14K gold screw-in nib unit. Black barrel imprinted "DEMONSTRATOR", includes slender metal squeeze converter. No sign of having been inked, minor handling wear to the cap. An uncommon demonstrator, seen much less often than 51 or Snorkel demonstrators.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • SOLD
13565: Pelikan 60 pencil: dark green, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim; singular "Knickebein" mechanism advances lead when pencil is "bent" between the fingers (see video here); a real conversation piece, quite scarce and desirable, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc • $325
13546: Record safety: miniature ringtop, black hard rubber with 18K gold filled octagonal overlay, 8.2 cm long, excellent but for one small ding to the side of the cap. "Record" pens were made by Cavaliere of Milan, the leading producer of metal overlays in Italy and supplier to Waterman, Montblanc, Astoria, and others.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $265
13555: Ruxton Multi-Vider slide rule pencil: black bakelite with silver-filled trim, 16.5 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, lead reservoir revealed by sliding open the body; some plating wear, used but not abused, fully functional. Instructions and further info here..
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: VG • $150
13571: Sheaffer Gregg Balance set in box: full-length slender striated golden pearl lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp bold imprints, section with ink window, #3 nib, Gregg shorthand symbol on barrel; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead. Condition as new but for very slight polishing wear to pen's lever.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine • $275
13545: Sheaffer Lifetime Balance: unusual full-size Canadian lever-filler, striated silver pearl, 13.85 cm long, gold filled "reverse" trim, tiny inlaid celluloid White Dot, WASP Clipper-style clip, section with ink window, two-tone Canadian nib with turnup tip, strong barrel imprint.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine firm • $295
13594: Aurora 88: classic Nizzoli-designed Italian piston-filler, black with gold filled cap, 13.6 cm long, nickel plated barrel trim rings; piston seal has been replaced, responsive hooded nib, low serial number indicates early production.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $250
13608: Diamond Medal Standard: black and pearl flat-top lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends with white trim rings, Wahl-style pressure bar toggled to the lever and held by a keeper at the end of the barrel; made for sale by Sears, part of the so-called National Pen Co. of Chicago group, excellent quality; name on cap, barrel ambered more than cap, but good color balance, strong barrel imprint, smooth Diamond Medal #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $145
13609: Esterbrook B: full-size "Dollar Pen", green pearl lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim, later #9550 nib with round-bottomed feed.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine firm • $115
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
13604: Moore 96: scarce oversize lever-filler, bronze and black, gold filled trim, 13.1 cm long, small Maniflex nib has slight bend to upper surface, does not affect writing quality.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $295
13630: Parker Duofold Senior: black English Aerometric-filler, gold filled trim, 14 cm long, good filler transparency.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $150
13633: Parker 75 Godron ballpoint: gold plated, early production with 20 micron mark, made in France; sound working condition, usage marks including scratches at the tip and a small blister on the barrel (see details).
DATE: c. 1971 • CONDITION: VG • $80
13638: Parker Classic injector pencil: sterling silver, grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, uses .5 mm lead; new old stock, no packaging, some tarnish.
DATE: 1992 • CONDITION: mint • $120
13627: Pilot Custom in box: black cartridge-filler, 13.45 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K nib.
DATE: 1974 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $150
13637: Sheaffer Self-Filling: black hard rubber lever-filler, gold filled filigree overlay, 13.75 cm long, narrow feed, #2 Self-Filling nib. Fancy monogram in barrel cartouche, hard rubber under overlay has been professionally reblackened. Early Sheaffer overlay pens are rare, and usually found with considerably more wear.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $800
13601: Sheaffer Lifetime: oversize black flat-top lever-filler, 13.45 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot on cap top; celluloid section with ink window and fine-finned feed are later Sheaffer replacement parts but from the original working lifetime of the pen (late 1930s/1940s, most likely). Good imprints, name on barrel.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine firm • $225
13592: Waterman C/F pencil: light blue, twist-action, 13.4 cm long, brushed stainless steel cap, chrome plated trim, made in USA, uses .9mm lead.
DATE: c. 1956 • CONDITION: exc • $35
13591: Waterman C/F ballpoint: black with gold filled cap and trim, 13.35 cm long with tip extended; made in France, twist-action mechanism.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: fine • $45
13593: Waterman C/F: black cartridge-filler, 13.6 cm long, chrome plated cap and trim, made in England, 18K gold nib, some plating roughness on barrel end button.
DATE: c. 1965 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $65
13610: Wilrite set in box: gold plated lever-filler, 12.4 cm long, checkerboard pattern, 14K warranted nib, with matching pencil, uses 1.1 mm lead; shallow dent next to lever, spot of solder on pencil clip; economy-line set.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium • $120