The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
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
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13541: Aikin Lambert dip pen: sterling silver, 15.7 cm long excluding nib, unusual pattern combining typical relief scrollwork with a fluted hexagonal center section; light dings and marks, #3 Aikin Lambert ventless gold nib is in excellent condition, springy but not soft.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
13554: Brown & Bigelow dip pen: aluminum, 16 cm long excluding plated nib, an advertising item marked for the Hotel Sutter in San Francisco. Brown & Bigelow were later known as the makers of the Redipoint mechanical pencil, but they had previously had a long history of making aluminum promotional items of all sorts.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $80
13579: Conklin S6: oversize black hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, 13.6 cm long, uncommon #6 size, nib has flex but is missing tipping on one side, early narrow feed, unmarked crescent. Imprints are worn but legible, even fading to cap and barrel, lock ring is a darker and less faded replacement, original Conklin manufacture.
DATE: c. 1906 • CONDITION: G* • $295
13510: Conklin 3: black hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler with gold filled trefoil filigree overlay, 13.3 cm long, notable easy-opening #3 nib with narrow feed, engraved monogram in cap cartouche, shallow bumps to cap crown, overlay otherwise nice and clean.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850
13578: Conklin crescent-filler: black hard rubber with iconic "stars and stripes" gold filled overlay, 13.2 cm long, #2 nib with earlier narrow feed, no brassing to clip, only minor mars to the overlay, engraved name in cap cartouche. Repaired crack in raised barrel threads, properly sleeved for strength.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $950
13455: Conklin lever-filler: small green gold filled all-metal ringtop, 9.5 cm long, chevron pattern, #2 nib opens with light pressure, semistub tip. Metal clean, noting blister bump on lever end tab (see detail).
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $165
13509: Conklin crescent-filler: red hard rubber #40-size, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim, #4 nib, mottled hard rubber section, rare and fragile model catalogued for only one year; sound and attractive example, minor trim brassing, barrel imprints worn but legible.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $1200
13490: Conklin 2: black hard rubber ringtop crescent-filler, gold filled trefoil filigree overlay, 11.3 cm long, initials engraved in cap cartouche, #2 nib has easy flex.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $420
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
13543: Parker Duofold Junior: red hard rubber bandless button-filler, 11.75 cm long, gold filled trim, strong large barrel imprint.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium firm • $650
13560: Parker pencil: so-called "Depression" series model in uncommon material, light blue pearl and black marble, 12.2 cm long, good imprints and color, thin gold wash plating largely worn off barrel band and clip; uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: VG • $60
13561: Parker Challenger: small grey pearl marbled button-filler, 12.1 cm long, chrome plated trim, some age dulling to cap band, but clip unusually bright, deep bold barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, notable nib with matching date code.
DATE: 1935 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $150
13568: Sheaffer oversize Lifetime Balance: striated red pearl lever-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, inlaid White Dot, section with ink window, big two-tone Lifetime nib; crisp imprints, no trim brassing, minor wear to nib plating on sides from rubbing against inner cap.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine firm • $465
13489: Tiffany dip pen: low-relief patinated bronze, 16.4 cm long excluding plated nib. From Tiffany's Zodiac pattern of desk accessories; decoration includes an image of the sign of Libra. While other Tiffany desk accessories are easy to find, the dip pens are quite rare.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • $600
13574: Waterman Lady Patricia pencil: Moss Agate celluloid, 10.8 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent color, deep imprints, some scratches to nose cone; uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • $50
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