13010: American Fountain Pen Co. Moore's Non-Leakable: rare early model retracting-nib safety with short cap and slotted sleeve, 14.65 cm long, gold filled high relief floral filigree barrel overlay with monogram engraved in cartouche; #2 nib is extremely flexible but has a hairline from the vent hole (see detail), condition of pen is otherwise notable, hard rubber crisp and glossy, some scratches on barrel from rubbing of sleeve, safety post inside cap missing.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $1200
15788: American Fountain Pen Co. sleeve-filler: rare and peculiar, black chased hard rubber, 12.6 cm long, to all external appearances a standard Moore safety, but instead the barrel sleeve must be unscrewed to reveal the opening in the barrel and the pressure bar. Bar is imprinted "LICENSED UNDER/PATENT 781.649" -- Robert A. Hamilton's US patent of 1905. Overall condition would be excellent plus, but for now-repaired cracks in both the sleeve and barrel, surely due to rough handling as they are not in locations normally subject to much stress..
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $365
15992: American Fountain Pen Co. Moore's Non-Leakable: black chased hard rubber retracting-nib safety, 11.9 cm long, posting end marked "1" and (weakly) "2.50", 1903 patent cap imprint. Some subtle fading, #2 American Fountain Pen nib is flexible and responsive.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $225
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
15962: Moore L-93: long slender "Tuscan" red-brown celluloid lever-filler, 13.85 cm long, gold filled trim, responsive Maniflex nib, sharp imprints.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $295
15768: Moore lever-filler: economy model but in lovely striped celluloid, 12.7 cm long, trim has lost almost all of its thin gold plating, as has the steel "Duo-Tip" nib -- which is nonetheless a smooth writer which gives and extra-fine line when inverted, as advertised.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine • $95
16228: Moore 94-A: striated silver pearl lever-filler, 12.8 cm long, wartime gold over silver trim, nib is a quality vintage replacement by Walker Davidson, another Massachusetts company.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: firm fine • $95
15665: Moore Fingertip 96-B: striated "Autumn Pearl" lever-filler, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, earlier production, distinctive inlaid nib in stainless nose cone housing is a smooth and wet writer with a turned-up tip, perfect for writing at steep angles. Good imprint on barrel, personalized with name. Fingertips are uncommon, but examples in patterned celluloid are truly rare.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $595
15941: Moore Fingertip 76-B: small burgundy slip-cap lever-filler with stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, 11.7 cm long, distinctive stainless nose cone with inset gold nib. Typical slight heat swelling to barrel ends, cracks at end of barrel also typical, result of manufacture from tube stock (see detail).
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $165