11926: A. A. Waterman twist-filler: gold filled filigree slip-cap, 14.6 cm long, hard rubber glossy and unfaded with strong imprints, only slight posting scratches, metal crisp and unbrassed, monogram skilfully engraved in indicia; #2 nib with distinctive three-lobed vent hole.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $850
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
14876: Aikin Lambert dip pen in box: unmarked rose gold filled holder with imitation ivory celluloid taper, 14.6 cm long excluding ventless gold Aikin Lambert #1 nib, lovely gold filled and silver inlay piquet work on both sides of taper. Taper is slightly bent and has a subtle molding ridge, guaranteeing identification of material.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $220
9987: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with lattice-like floral gold filled overlay in relief; 13.3 cm long, unusual but characteristically Aikin #1 nib with round vent hole behind but not connected to the slit, ribbed section; barrel engraved "A/AND/C", metal very clean with no brassing, only a few shallow flat spots on cap crown, hard rubber nice and dark.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450
14101: Aikin Lambert sleeve-filler: black hard rubber self-filler, gold filled hand engraved overlay, 13.8 cm long, barrel sleeve rotates to provide access to pressure bar (Waterman's first sleeve-filler patent of 1905, but used only on subbrand pens and Aikin Lamberts, after Waterman's takeover of Aikin Lambert c. 1907); #3 nib is responsive and smooth, one ding to the sleeve (see detail), condition otherwise fine; a high quality pen with an unusual filling mechanism and excellent overall appearance.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $950
14487: Aikin Lambert Capitol Cabinet: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp and glossy, bold imprints, largely identical to a Waterman 52 (Aikin Lambert was a Waterman subsidiary at this time). Earlier production with imprint on cap, narrow lever, patent date on clip. Nib is a toothy but enjoyable writer.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $220
13137: Aikin Lambert Mercantile: rare black chased hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.3 cm long, gold filled trim, identical to a Waterman 42˝V but for imprints, nib, and feed; nib has semistub tip. Waterman acquired Aikin Lambert around 1907.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium flex • $245
13943: Aikin Lambert Mercantile: unusual red hard rubber lever-filler, 14.05 cm long, gold filled trim, with a #2 Aikin Lambert nib, but the pen itself is the size of a Waterman 55 and was likely made using Waterman reject parts (both cap and barrel have tiny black specks and surface pits); name on barrel, condition otherwise factory new, came to us clearly never filled.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450
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
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
11527: Century eyedropper-filler: slender black hard rubber slip-cap with full gold filled overlay, 13.5 cm long, over and under feed; despite Century's close ties to Parker, this pen most closely resembles a Waterman of the era -- the overlay likely coming from a common source, Heath. Sound overall condition, noting trace plating wear to high edges and more severe wear to the barrel's posting end (see details).
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: fine flex • $650
9848: Chilton pneumatic-filler: black chased hard rubber ringtop, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, moderate fading, imprint light but fully legible, smooth and responsive Chilton nib has the beginnings of a hairline from the vent hole, but should cause no problems unless used with a heavy hand.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $165
14553: Chilton pneumatic filler: jade green Boston-made ringtop, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, strong imprints, fine color, long-tined nib is responsive but requires some pressure to flex.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $275
9839: Chilton Golden Quill: black pneumatic filler, 13.9 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window; rare late minimalist design, elegantly understated detailing on clip, crest, and applied cap escutcheon. Name on barrel, replacement warranted nib is smooth and responsive.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium flex • $500
14032: Conklin 2: extremely early crescent-filler in mottled hard rubber, 13.7 cm long, good clean cap imprint with 1891 and 1901 patent dates, short-lived design with flat ends and trim grooves on both barrel and cap seen only at beginning of production, this example predates the mid-1902 adoption of lock ring of graduated thickness (US patent 745,481). An important Conklin rarity, only a handful of surviving examples known.
DATE: c. 1901 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1600
12240: Conklin S3: mottled hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, 13.4 cm long, nickel plated trim; narrow "keel" feed, #3 Conklin nib is toothy, like a steel dip pen, crack from vent hole should be stable if not flexed; even wear, imprints worn but present.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine 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
14879: Conklin Jaxon: black chased hard rubber clipless screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, wide feed, warranted #3 nib is a soft wet writer with some paper feel. Jaxon was a Conklin sub-brand; most were self-fillers, using a variant of the Conklin crescent-filling mechanism, eyedropper-fillers are rare. Clean imprints and chasing, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium flex • $265
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
12443: Conklin 75: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim, big #7 nib is a responsive writer; more wear to the barrel than to the cap, nice sound example of the largest model of crescent-filler Conklin ever offered.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $895
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
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
10946: Conklin Nozac: rare vest pocket size piston-filler, 11.4 cm long, black with gold filled trim, original price sticker, perfect barrel transparency with herringbone pattern; mechanism in excellent working order, original piston seal has not been replaced and is probably not ink tight.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $595
11686: Conklin Nozac: black veined grey-green pearl marbled piston-filler, 12-sided fluted cap and barrel, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, inlaid gold glitter crescent logo above clip, 5000-word "Word Gauge" scale on barrel; nib opens with light writing pressure, but not far -- nice shading, not full flex.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $450
14741: Conklin Nozac: green pearl striated faceted piston-filler, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, "Penline" series; clean trim, excellent barrel transparency, strong imprints, excellent but for tool marks at barrel end (see details).
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450