13641: A. A. Waterman 70: rare oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap twist-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated trim, #7 Modern nib with characteristic trefoil vent hole, opens wide with minimal pressure. Good chasing and strong imprints, including the infamous "NOT CONNECTED WITH/THE L. E. WATERMAN CO." disclaimer. Hard rubber has been professionally dye-reblackened.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $695
13802: Artbrown safety: unusual and interesting mix of styles, Vac-like end jewels, cap like an early 1940s Waterman Emblem Pen; 11.7 cm long, gold plated trim, nib is gold plated stainless steel, cap and barrel appear to be lacquered hard rubber. Internal spiral has been repaired, seals replaced. Japanese-made safety pens are uncommon.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $265
12754: Carey eyedropper-filler in box: black hard rubber straight-cap, gold filled chased pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long, nearly identical to a contemporary Aikin Lambert, narrow feed, #2 Carey nib has been retipped, is extremely soft and should be used with a light touch; "Cecilia" engraved on barrel cartouche, cap crown disk bumped askew from dings to cap top bead (see detail); fancy box is clean with full Carey markings on the interior.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $895
12957: Century eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber taper-cap, 15 cm long, over and under feed, imprint with 1893 patent date. Moderate even fading, imprints and chasing are sharp except where heat-softened towards front of barrel, nib is usable as is but has lost its tipping. An early pen of excellent quality, from a company closely tied to Parker.
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $250
9415: Conklin 10 Special: black hard rubber #1-size slip-cap crescent-filler, 12.9 cm long, nickel plated trim, imprints clear and strong; a rare and elusive model, to our knowledge not documented in any surviving catalog or advertisement -- many Conklin collectors are not even aware that Conklin made a #1-size pen.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium italic flex • $450
14015: Conklin S8: rare oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, gold filled trim, 15.1 cm long, noteworthy #8 nib is a smooth flex italic; minimal wear to barrel, cap is as new and appears to be a near-perfect reproduction made by Lynn Sorgatz several years ago, using original material with an original chasing machine (since destroyed in a fire).
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium broad italic flex • $895
14136: Conklin 75: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.5 cm long, gold filled trim, #7 nib, sharp chevron pattern chasing, strong imprints, hard rubber black and glossy, no brassing to trim; near mint but for a tiny chunk from the front edge of the crescent opening (see detail). Largest production crescent-filler made, hard to find in any condition.
DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $895
14313: Eagle Capitol: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.8 cm long, original gold-filled imprint for W. H. Sample & Sons, a prominent Albany, New York cutlery and sporting goods firm. Very clean with excellent color, a small rough spot on the cap lip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $195
13736: Eagle combination: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1911, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo. Good sound example of later production with clip, moderate fading, imprints and chasing all good, notably precise and responsively calligraphic nib.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $275
13747: Esterbrook Relief 314: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, fully Esterbrook-marked, manufactured by Wirt. Characteristic bottom-vented Wirt feed, pen shows no sign of ever having been filled, ventless gold Esterbrook-marked nib has one superficial nick or tool mark on the top right tine (see detail).
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium oblique italic • $950
14153: LeBoeuf sleeve-filler: black and pearl ringtop, 11.7 cm long, black ends, gold filled trim, barrel end unscrews, can accommodate a taper to convert to a desk pen (not included); #4 size, with a notable sharp-edged but smooth-writing factory italic nib. Some plating wear to lowest cap band, factory crimp marks on all three bands (typical for LeBoeuf, for some reason), pressure bar is a modern replacement, excellent function and appearance.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine italic • $175
11132: Mabie Todd Swan: hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with extremely rare Fleur-de-lys pattern gold filled high relief overlay; 13.5 cm long, full Mabie Todd & Bard imprint on barrel with 1880s patent dates, classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire "tail". Initial on cap, name on barrel, only a handful of examples of this design are currently known, with a silver specimen selling for over $11,000 on eBay in November 2013.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium stub flex • $4500
13813: Mabie Todd Swan Military Safety: uncommon screw-cap black chased hard rubber ink-tablet eyedropper-filler, 14.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, New York production but bearing retail imprint on cap top of Mark Cross of London; even fading, imprints legible, marked "PAT. APPL'D FOR", typical flakes off very end of ink compartment knob (see detail).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium broad stub flex • $495
12717: Mabie Todd Swan in box: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with full heavy 18K solid gold overlay, checkerboard pattern engine turning, 13.1 cm long, in extra-fancy original box with instructions, dropper still below pad, though bulb is hardened and broken. Pen is US-made, for the English market, slip-on clip is added and appears to be solid gold as well, total pen weight is 21g. Metal is undinged and with full London hallmarks, excellent but for what appears to be a polished-out inscription on the barrel.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $1100
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
13425: Moore Non-Leakable: black hard rubber retracting-nib safety with smooth gold filled overlay, 12.1 cm long, Moore #2 nib; one shallow ding and some pinprick marks to the cap, small patch of corrosion at front of barrel overlay (see details), safety post inside cap is absent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $650
14731: Moore L-72: black chased hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 11.3 cm long, gold filled trim, fancy cap top banding, #2 nib is a notably smooth factory italic with flex, hard rubber only slightly and very evenly faded.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium italic flex • $165
13523: OMAS T2 Paragon 75th Anniversary in box: limited edition of 750, solid milled titanium, 14.25 cm long, gold plated trim, with inner and outer boxes, instructions and other paperwork; doubly rare with factory stub nib.
DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad stub semiflex • $1950
13647: Parker 25 Click-Filler: extremely rare oversize hard rubber slip-cap self-filler, Parker's first (patent number 791,466); 15.4 cm long, imprints worn but present, #5 Lucky Curve keyhole vent nib is a notably elegant writer. Cap lip crack has been repaired and is virtually invisible from the outside, even under magnification. To fill, push front of nickel plated pressure bar with fingernail to unlock while depressing rear protrusion to flatten sac; pull same protrusion back to allow sac to reinflate and to relock the pressure bar with a "click". This is only the second Parker click-filler we have offered in the past 20 years in any size. #5 was the largest size sold, and rarely seen.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $1200
13552: Parker 018: rare black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, spearhead Lucky Curve feed, barrel imprint heavily worn, no visible cap imprint, hairline from vent hole of teardrop-vent Lucky Curve nib should be repaired if pen is to be used extensively, otherwise usable as is.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $250
10935: Parker Black Giant: oversize black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.75 cm long, worn but sound, #12 Lucky Curve nib with downwards-bent tip writes a finely shaded line. A rare pen with a special provenance: its barrel is engraved "W. W. Vautsmeier/U. S. Army" -- Major Walter W. Vautsmeier, a flight instructor during WW1 who died in 1922 in the crash of the Roma, an Italian-made semi-rigid dirigible and the last US military airship to be filled with hydrogen (more background here).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $2850
13753: Parker Duofold Junior: rare and unusual Canadian button-filler in orange Permanite (celluloid) but with giant barrel imprint normally seen only on early hard rubber pens; 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, single raised cap band, nib is notably calligraphic.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $495
13620: Parker button-filler: uncommon Depression-era model, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, like a Deluxe Challenger but different trim, colored rather than black ends; 2nd quarter date codes on both barrel and nib.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine stub • $165
14205: Parker 65 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated clip and end jewels, 13.45 cm long; uses cartridge or converter (included), made in England, not sold in the USA. Usual slight shrinkage and clutch marks on section.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine stub • $185
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
14806: Sheaffer 3-25: jade green ringtop lever-filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, typical discoloration, slight heat distortion to top of cap, noteworthy nib has great paper feel, smooth and sharp-edged for an effortlessly calligraphic shaded line.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine italic • $125
14342: Summit S.130: black chased celluloid lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, chrome plated trim, over the top clip, chasing and imprints sharp, correct 14K warranted nib has a crack from the vent hole (see details), but as the nib is firm it appears stable and fully functional.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium italic • $145
11211: Unic Duocolor: French-market version of Zerollo's famous two-nibbed fountain pen, boldly patterned red and black hard rubber, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, bold imprints with patent number and both Unic and Zerollo names, crisp knurling at cap top. Condition is like new, noting a tiny nick to the cap lip (see detail; very common on these pens). Unusually, the nibs are different in tip width, one being more calligraphic and the other more suitable for note-taking.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium stub flex/fine semiflex • $5685
14071: Wahl Tempoint: early green gold filled lever-filler ringtop, 9.7 cm long, no Wahl marks on metal, only Boston Safety patent dates and "18 1/8"; crisp "Grecian Border" pattern, early Sheaffer-licensed sprung lever mechanism, #2 Tempoint nib.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $225
14043: Waterman 414: early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with .999 fine silver filigree Art Nouveau overlay; 13.1 cm long, #4 nib is a notable writer, early imprint, stable base crack; imprints on the silver are clean and legible, hard rubber has been professionally chemically reblackened. #4-size fine silver overlays are much less common than #2-size.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium stub • $875
10903: Waterman 402: slender black hard rubber straight cap eyedropper-filler, sterling silver overlay in fine barleycorn pattern, full London hallmarks with date letter for 1904/5; 14.35 cm long, Waterman globe logo on posting end nice and legible, "Eva" engraved in barrel cartouche. Patent date imprint on narrow spoon feed, unusual nib with very wide factory italic tip.
DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad italic • $985
13614: Waterman Remex: smooth black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.8 cm long, a Waterman sub-brand model made specifically for the Royster Guano Company and so imprinted; moderate even fading, nib has a stress line from the vent hole. An unusual but known model, we have seen a few examples over the years.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $245
8403: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.1 cm long, a rare but catalogued factory model most often found in France and England (a version appears on p. 53 of Waterman's 1908 USA catalog under "Special Mountings" as Emerald End Special Fluted, priced at $50 -- more than three times the cost of a full sterling silver Snake); London hallmarks are worn but mostly legible, one ding to the side of the cap, #4 nib with unusual turnup grind at tip; the smooth silver version of this pen is several times rarer than the fluted version in gold, which is itself quite hard to find.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium oblique • $1950
9184: Waterman 442½V in box: black hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.6 cm long, smooth sterling silver overlay with hard to find telescoping outer cap; metal clean, imprints on hard rubber strong, initials "M.W.D." on barrel. Patent imprints on feed, responsive nib.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $465
14586: Waterman 55: large black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 14 cm long, nickel plated trim, clip with large rivets, 1905 and 1910 patent dates, notable calligraphic #5 New York nib, sharp-edged but smooth. Honest wear, moderate even fading, a handsome pen that wears its age proudly.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: broad italic semiflex • $325
14767: Waterman 52½: slender clipless black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, original price band, New York #2 nib is an uncommon factory stub.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad stub flex • $275
8907: Waterman 472: uncommon black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay; 13.1 cm long, London hallmarks, number at barrel end is simply "72" with no hundreds column digit, as is typical for English-market Watermans; 1925-dated presentation inscription, nice stub #2 nib has an incipient hairline from the vent hole, but should be stable if used without excessive writing pressure; even wear, light marks to metal, one tiny stress crack where barrel overlay crimped in place (see detail; for some reason these are extremely common in English-market Waterman overlays).
DATE: 1920 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $565
10883: Waterman 58 Cardinal: giant red hard rubber lever-filler, 15.5 cm long, 18K gold filled trim, a fine example of a very scarce pen, all imprints clearly legible, #8 nib is a smooth and responsive writer; 3 mm long hairline at bottom of section mouth hard to see, does not go all the way through (see details), does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine stub flex • $2285
14782: Waterman 94 Ripple: Olive Ripple hard rubber lever-filler, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim; overall appearance is excellent, but barrel imprints extremely faint and only traces still visible, barrel mouth crack has been sealed and repaired with a brass internal sleeve, now stronger than new (see detail). Old replacement nib from the early 1940s is a notably smooth and sharp-edged italic.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: broad italic • $395
14092: Waterman Crusader Taperite: dark blue lever-filler, 11.5 cm long, frosted aluminum cap, hooded nib.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine stub • $105
13532: Webster Four Star: striated silver-grey pearl twist-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, section with transparent ink window, Four Star nib with turnup tip, over the top military clip; a true twist-filler directly descended from A. A. Waterman, here made for retail by Sears as an own-brand pen of excellent quality.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine stub semiflex • $145