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Though our primary focus is vintage and antique writing equipment, we do sell more recent items. Our post-1975 offerings are listed below, with further listings on our Specials page. We are known for our careful restoration work on older pens, including nib adjustment and smoothing. We provide the same attention to our modern offerings, so you can be sure that all pens listed below with writing samples have had their nibs professionally checked and tuned.


13250: Cartier d'Exception ballpoint with watch in box: limited edition of only 2000 pieces, grey lacquer with platinum finish, mother of pearl dial, full packaging including outer box, matching numbered certificate, other accessories. Watch may require battery replacement.

DATE: c. 2006 • CONDITION: mint • $2800

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11872: D. J. Kennedy pencil: Morrison (?) pencil with rhodium-plated sterling silver overlay from the 1930s, elaborated upon in gold and cast silver, including two snakes, a scimitar, and a mermaid; in contrast to the metal pens Kennedy sold through Neiman Marcus, pens and pencils of this kind were typically given or traded to D.J.'s friends in the pen collecting community. Unsigned, missing a cabochon.

DATE: c. 1996 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $275

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12693: Montblanc 75th Anniversary 161 ballpoint in box: hard to find limited edition, very low number 83 of only 1924 pieces, rose gold trim, inlaid diamond above clip, mother of pearl star; condition perfect, but in a regular Montblanc box, not original limited edition packaging.

DATE: 1999 • CONDITION: near mint • $950

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12747: Montblanc Alexandre Dumas set: complete three-piece limited edition ensemble with matching serial numbers, fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil; only 5000 sets made, plus this is the first version with the wrong signature (the son's rather than the father's) which was recalled, making it doubly scarce. Perfect unused condition, but no boxes or papers.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2000

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12600: Namiki Bald Eagle: Yukari maki-e series, number 90 out of a limited edition of 700, 18K gold #10 nib, Japanese medium, complete with all original packaging including matching inkwell with eagle cap, inner lacquered box, gold-dusted outer box, and all paperwork, all in pristine condition.

DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $2650

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12625: Namiki White Tiger: the first of the Yukari maki-e series, limited edition of only 300 pens, artist Kyusai Yoshida; 18K gold #10 nib, Japanese medium, perfect condition but lacking original box and packaging.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $4500

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13666: OMAS Paragon: large black facetted piston-filler, 14.2 cm long, rhodium plated trim, roller clip, 18K white gold nib is a smooth writer; a few scratches on the cap, some plating wear.

DATE: c. 1995 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $400

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13522: Parker 180: textured red prototype finish, gold plated trim, "UC" date code, triangular nib marked only "F" on feed.

DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $450

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12586: Parker 180: gold-plated basketweave pattern, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; some roughness to plating of collar at end of section, otherwise as new; includes convertor.

DATE: c. 1982 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $250

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12350: Parker 180: prototype smooth frosted finish, appears to be aluminum, gold plated trim, Brazilian manufacture; stainless steel two-way nib, feed marked "F". Name and date engraved on barrel, pen has been inked and there are a couple of fleabites to the ends, but overall like new.

DATE: c. 1982 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $300

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11670: Parker 180: gold-plated basketweave pattern, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; some usage marks at ends, includes convertor.

DATE: c. 1985 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $195

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7552: Parker 180 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, US-made, includes Aerometric-style slender convertor, 14K gold two-way triangular nib (offers two nib grades in one, with a thinner line when the nib is used inverted); new old stock with original clip tag, several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad/fine • $135

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12308: Parker 180 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, US-made, includes Aerometric-style slender convertor; later production with "M" designation only on stainless steel triangular nib, metal-covered overfeed; pen appears unused, but no packaging or price tags.

DATE: c. 1984 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $165

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7357: Parker 180 Guirland: gold-plated, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; new old stock, includes convertor.

DATE: c. 1982 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $350

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11547: Parker 180 Laque: beautiful "Lapis" lacquer finish, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; triangular 14K gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; no date code.

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium/extra-fine • $275

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11551: Parker 180 Laque: beautiful "Thuya" lacquer finish, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; hallmarked triangular 14K gold nib, feed marked "F"; "UI" date code.

DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine/extra-fine • $250

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13195: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band with roped edges, 13.1 cm long, designed by Emilio Pucci. Made in USA, takes standard Parker refills; with original leatherette case.

DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $105

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13194: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band with roped edges, 13.1 cm long, designed by Emilio Pucci. Made in USA, takes standard Parker refills; as new, with original leatherette case but no other packaging.

DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: mint • $125

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13192: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band with roped edges, 13.1 cm long, date code "QC", designed by Emilio Pucci. Made in USA, takes standard Parker refills; as new, with original leatherette case but no other packaging.

DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $125

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13521: Parker 35: attractive speckled blue prototype lacquer finish, gold plated trim, made in France, "YE" date code, 18K nib, slender metal squeeze-filling converter; flat barrel tassie is typical of Flighters, not of standard production Laque series 35s.

DATE: 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $600

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13379: Parker 45 Harlequin: "Circlet" pattern, brushed stainless steel, chrome plated trim, 13.5 cm long, made in England, date code "QI", correct steel nib, feed marked "M", includes converter; as new, no packaging.

DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $135

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13391: Parker 4-color Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long with tip out, 13.6 with tip in, gold plated trim, 45-style clip; uncommon model, made in German, color selected by holding pen level with matching colored arrow upwards when operating cap mechanism; uses standard mini refills. Clip mark on cap, otherwise like new.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: exc • $195

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12605: Parker 4-color Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long with tip out, 13.6 with tip in, gold plated trim, 45-style clip; uncommon model, made in France, color selected by holding pen level with matching colored arrow upwards when operating cap mechanism; uses standard mini refills.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $175

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12630: Parker 85 Florence set: short-lived and scarce high-end 75 derivative, 13.5 cm long, gold plated, made in France, 14K French-hallmarked nib, matching rollerball comes with adaptor to use ballpoint refills; a few light marks on the back of the fountain pen's cap, flake of plating loss on bottom end of rollerball, otherwise near mint. Both pieces very solid and hefty.

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $450

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12825: Parker Duofold Centennial set in box: early production set in black, made in UK; fountain pen has "IN" date code, ballpoint has "IE"; pen has been dip-tested. Packaging is later, for a different Duofold model.

DATE: 1988/89 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: medium • $525

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12564: Parker Duofold International set in box: green marble, cartridge/converter (converter included), 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, made in England, notable factory italic nib came to us very scratchy, has been tuned and smoothed, now wonderfully calligraphic; pen has 1st quarter 1996 date code, matching 0.7 mm pencil has slightly later "E" date code. In original inner and outer boxes, with guarantee and instructions.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-broad italic • $695

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6567: Parker Israel's 50th Duofold Centennial: numbered limited edition of only 500 pieces, in a cherrywood box with inset bronze commemorative medal with matching number; complete with all original packaging and paperwork; we were fortunate enough to acquire a small cache of these very scarce Duofolds, including some with sequential numbers.

DATE: 1998 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $795

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12643: Parker Premier Chinese Laque set: fountain pen with speckled lacquer finish, gold plated trim, 13.5 cm long, onyx disks inset into ends; made in France, 18K French-hallmarked nib, section bears low "TD 4105" serial number imprint; as new, but no packaging, matching twist-action ballpoint uses standard Parker refills.

DATE: c. 1983 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad • $425

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10949: Parker Wood Pen: rare German-made limited edition cartridge/converter filler (slender metal-bodied squeeze-filler converter included), 14.3 cm long, gold plated trim, redwood cap and barrel, section band bears number 883, original sticker on back of cap. Cap is not made to post on the barrel end. Reportedly production of this pen was soon halted by Parker USA, well before the intended 2000 were made.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad semiflex • $895

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11980: Parker Wood Pen in box: rare German-made limited edition cartridge/converter filler (slender metal-bodied squeeze-filler converter included), 14.3 cm long, gold plated trim, cap and barrel in briar, section band bears number 904. Cap is not made to post on the barrel end. Reportedly production of this pen was halted by Parker USA before the intended 2000 were made. This is one of the less common of the eight different woods used, and is unusual in being accompanied by the special Wood Pen box, which appears to be made from redwood.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad • $1100

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12694: Pelikan M200 demonstrator: transparent piston-filler, 12.7 cm long, gold plated trim, plated screw-in nib, scarce model marked "W. GERMANY", predating Pelikan's mass release of transparent models at the end of the 1990s; mint with sticker, no original packaging.

DATE: c. 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $350

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13265: Pilot Capless/Vanishing Point in box: glossy black, facetted barrel, 14K nib, new old stock, hang tag on clip, still sealed in plastic, in box with instructions, outer sleeve.

DATE: c. 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $275

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13249: Pilot Capless/Vanishing Point in box: cordovan, scarce non-USA market color, facetted barrel, 14K nib, new old stock, hang tag on clip, still sealed in plastic, in box with outer sleeve.

DATE: c. 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $395

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13260: Pilot Capless/Vanishing Point in box: cordovan, scarce non-USA market color, facetted barrel, 14K nib, new old stock, hang tag on clip, in box with instructions, outer sleeve, does not include converter.

DATE: 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $350

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13261: Pilot Custom set in box: black cartridge-filler, 13.45 cm long, gold plated trim, with matching ballpoint and 0.5 mm mechanical pencil; new old stock, fountain pen retains sticker on barrel; 14K nib, box with outer sleeve.

DATE: 1976 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $195

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13253: Pilot FD in box: black lacquer with signed maki-e decoration of flying crane and clouds, 13.2 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K nib, squeeze-filler converter included; new old stock in box with outer sleeve.

DATE: 1979 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $450

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13269: Pilot FD in box: black lacquer with signed maki-e decoration of phoenix, 13.2 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K nib, squeeze-filler converter included; new old stock in box with outer sleeve.

DATE: 1979 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $395

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13266: Pilot FD in box: black lacquer with signed maki-e decoration of plum blossoms, 13.4 cm long, gold plated trim, 14K nib, squeeze-filler converter included; new old stock in box.

DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $395

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13264: Pilot Grandee in box: smooth sterling silver cartridge-filler, 13.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, squeeze-filler converter included, 14K white gold nib, new old stock, in Art Craft box with instructions, spare cartridges, outer sleeve.

DATE: 1991 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $325

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13246: Pilot Grandee in box: smooth sterling silver cartridge-filler, 13.3 cm long, squeeze converter included, 14K white gold nib, in Art Craft box with instructions, spare ink cartridge, outer sleeve; new old stock, light tarnish.

DATE: 1991 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $325

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12854: Platinum Sharp commemorative Ever Sharp pencil in box: specially made for the Sharp Electronics Corporation, to commemorate one of founder Hayakawa Tokuji's first products; injector pencil uses .5 mm lead, chrome plated trim with applied spiral pattern; in gift-wrapped original packaging.

DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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9862: Reform 1745: German-made piston-filler, 13 cm long, gold plated trim, green barrel with black cap and filler knob. Pelikan-style screw-in interchangeable nib unit, two-tone plated steel nib, blue-tinted ink window. New old stock, with sticker -- several available. Please note that at this price, we cannot test and tune nibs as we do for our regular stock items: we are selling these as found, from the factory.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $20

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13422: Sheaffer Crest Black Laque: black lacquered cartridge-filler, gold plated cap, 14.25 cm long, 18K gold two-tone conical nib.

DATE: c. 1997 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $150

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9829: Sheaffer Imperial pencil: sterling silver, 12.7 cm long, crosshatch pattern, gold plated trim, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead; new old stock, several available, original price stickers on back may vary from that shown in photo.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $85

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8076: Sheaffer Imperial Sovereign pencil: 14K gold filled, 12.75 cm long, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead, new old stock, original price sticker on back; several available.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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12532: Sheaffer Nostalgia: retro cartridge-filler, 13.4 cm long, black plastic with vermeil (gold plated sterling silver) filigree overlay, White Dot, smooth 14K gold nib; some shallow bumps to barrel end (see detail).

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium • $450

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7780: Sheaffer Targa ballpoint: sterling silver, 13.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, White Dot, twist-action to extend and retract tip; new old stock but without packaging; several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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7806: Sheaffer Targa ballpoint: sterling silver, 13.3 cm long, gold plated trim, White Dot, twist-action to extend and retract tip; new old stock but without packaging; several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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Here are some articles from our Vintage Pens FAQ that are equally applicable to modern fountain pens:

What do vintage pens offer that new pens don't?
What kind of pen is best for lefties?
Why are old pens lighter than new pens?
What about flying with my pen?
How do I care for a vintage pen?
What kind of ink should I use?
Are 18K nibs better than 14K?
What are flexible nibs all about?
What can be done about a scratchy nib?
Troubleshooting basics


While eBay can be a good source for new and recent fountain pens, watch out for low-feedback sellers offering deals that look too good to be true.  Chinese-made fakes -- especially pseudo-Montblancs -- are an ongoing problem, as are fraudsters who "borrow" pictures to offer pens that they do not even own.

Here is an article on fake Parker Sonnets and how to identify them; more on identification of other counterfeits here It pays to buy widely-counterfeited items from an established retailer.



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