The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
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 • SOLD
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 • SOLD
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 • SOLD
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
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13469: Cartier desk pen: smooth solid 14K gold, 19.4 cm long, bulb-filler with transparent celluloid internal reservoir. Made by Hicks, the pocket pen version of this design turns up with some regularity, but this is the first example we have seen of a desk pen. #5 warranted nib is a contemporary replacement, and is extremely flexible, opening wide with minimal pressure.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine superflex • 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
13497: Eagle lever-filler: large orange flat-top with black ends, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, small warranted #8 nib; unusual cap bands are likely not factory original. Fine overall appearance, but with heat shrinkage to cap barrel above the cap bands (see detail).
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium semiflex • $105
13502: Esterbrook A: slender "Dollar Pen", grey pearl lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim, later #1550 nib unit with round-bottomed feed.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $85
13503: Esterbrook B: full-size "Dollar Pen", black lever-filler, 12.2 cm long, stainless steel trim, #9550 nib unit.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $90
13504: Esterbrook J: silver pearl full-size lever-filler, 12.8 cm long, stainless steel trim, #2668 nib unit.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $60
13508: Parker The Mysterious Yangtze: privately printed hardbound travelog by company founder George S. Parker, nice clean copy, light pencil mark on front cover.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $80
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
13494: Sheaffer Feathertouch Defender: striated brown pearl lever-filler with over-the-top military clip, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window, two-tone Feathertouch #5 nib; patch of brassing to cap band, name mostly polished off the barrel.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium • $95
13498: Sheaffer Lifetime Feathertouch Valiant: black lever-filler with over-the-top military clip, 13.2 cm long, gold filled over silver wartime trim, White Dot, section with ink window, two-tone Lifetime nib with unusually fine tip; some plating wear to nib, posting mark on barrel.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: needlepoint • $125
13501: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel set in box: "Peacock Blue" pneumatic-filler with matching .9 mm pencil, patterned stainless steel caps, gold filled trim; pen has two-tone conical F5 nib, crisp barrel imprints, pencil shows a bit more use, with chips to White Dot edges. In earlier box with instructions dated 1954.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $285
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