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
15836: A. A. Waterman (?) eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with full Art Nouveau fine silver filigree overlay, 13.1 cm long, marked only "30" at the end of the barrel and "STERLING" on the overlay, narrow feed of distinctive inner construction, all suggesting A. A. Waterman manufacture. Initials scratched onto barrel cartouche, pitting at top of cap surely from original manufacturing method of electrodeposition. Nib tipping is somewhat scant but a good writer, boldly calligraphic.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: broad italic flex • $375
15863: Aikin Lambert Mercantile: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.3 cm long, excellent color and imprints, ribbed section, narrow feed, #2 nib is a lively and responsive writer, the very beginning of an axial stress hairline visible next to the vent hole under magnification. Cap mouth has been sleeved with black hard rubber to repair a small crack, traces now visible only on closest inspection.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $265
15305: Aikin Lambert dip pen, pencil, and manicure set in box: a most unusual presentation set, all in sterling silver, the three pieces engraved "M.M.", "to", and "Maiza". The reversible dip pen carries a ventless gold #4 Aikin Lambert nib, while the pencil uses .075 inch lead and extends and retracts. Some small dings here and there (see details), faceted colored glass end stones. Pencil is 12 cm long, other two pieces are 9.3 cm long, closed.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $650
15745: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler in box: black hard rubber taper-cap with full gold filled filigree overlay, 14.8 cm long, narrow feed, #1 Aikin Lambert nib is an excellent writer but has a hairline crack under the section and coming up through the imprint which should be repaired if the nib is to be used extensively. Monogram on barrel cartouche, overlay on cap has shifted slightly (vent holes on overlay and liner do not line up perfectly), one small sealed hairline in hard rubber looks like a scratch. Overall excellent appearance, hard rubber has not been reblackened. Box hinge has been repaired.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $950
15096: Aikin Lambert sleeve-filler: black hard rubber self-filler, gold filled overlay, 13.6 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 very flexible, noting the beginnings of a stress crack from the vent hole (see detail). Elegantly engraved monogram on sleeve, very clean with only trace brassing at the edge of the cap top, a high quality pen with an unusual filling mechanism and excellent overall appearance, especially uncommon with a plain smooth overlay.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $865
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
15985: Aikin Lambert Mercantile: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.6 cm long, nickel plated trim, made a good 20 years after Waterman acquired Aikin and essentially the same as a Waterman 52 but with different lever, clip, and feed (and markings). Even wear and fading, mechanically perfect and with a truly notable earlier #2 Aikin nib with excellent snapback and hairline-thin strokes without pressure.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine flex • $225
15078: Aikin Lambert lever-filler: black hard rubber ringtop, full gold filled overlay, 9.5 cm long; unusual and interesting, as this is identical to a Waterman 0552 1/2V Sheraton but for the nib, feed, lever, and complete absence of overlay imprints. In this era Waterman used Aikin Lambert as a sub-brand, often finishing Waterman pens as Aikin Lamberts in order to use up surplus or slightly defective parts. This pen, however, is the first of its kind that we have seen, and appears to be first-quality throughout. The overlay is crisp and unbrassed, but the nib isn't the smoothest, and has a near-invisible hairline at its base.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine flex • $275
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
15988: Camel button-filler: cream-veined copper pearl marble, 12.4 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends -- an uncommon color and a later production version without the built-in ink-pellet recess in the filler button. Sharp Camel barrel imprint, nib has a turn-up tip with smooth and soft rather than springy action, tines very slightly wavy from restraightening, condition otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium flex • $275
14992: Carey eyedropper-filler: slender black hard rubber straight-cap, hand-engraved heavy green gold filled overlay with scrolling floral vines, 13.3 cm long, fully marked on the barrel, closely similar to contemporary Aikin Lambert and Fairchild products; Carey nib opens easily, a wet writer with plenty of line width variation, name engraved in barrel cartouche.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $965
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
15295: Chilton Seth Sears Crocker: black pneumatic-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, cap imprint for LaSalle and Koch (a Toledo, Ohio department store), hole-less end knob with inner valve, 1933 patent number on barrel, warranted nib is correct, has semistub tip one fin missing from feed; a scarce model from a breakaway Chilton family member.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $385
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
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
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
15856: Conklin 2: black hard rubber ringtop crescent-filler with sterling silver Art Nouveau filigree overlay; 11.4 cm long, long-tined #2 nib is a notable writer with a semistub tip and great line width variation.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $695
15303: Conklin Jaxon: clipless black chased hard rubber stud-filler, 13.3 cm long, patented variant of Conklin's crescent-filler with a metal lock ring securing the filling stud against accidental actuation. Nearly all of these pens were sold under the Jaxon name, used by Conklin as a sub-brand. Nice clean #3-size, strong chasing and imprints, usual rust to lock ring.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $265
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 • SOLD
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
15659: Conklin Ensemble in box: pen-pencil combination, green veined pearl lever-filler, 14.7 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent color preservation in this material that is so prone to discoloration; bold imprints, plating excellent, some light toothmarks visible on cap on close inspection, 1.1 mm lead pencil nozzle has a hairline crack that does not affect function, looks like a scratch, otherwise excellent condition. Noteworthy nib.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $595
15720: Conway Stewart Le Tigre: vest pocket size black hard rubber lever-filler with 18K gold filled overlay, 9.2 cm long, uncommon export brand for the continental European market. Fully marked, nib tipping scant but still functional, brassing to lever and barrel end.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $275
15543: Conway Stewart 550 Dinkie set in box: gold-veined red pearl miniature lever-filler, 10.3 cm long, gold plated trim, matching twist-action 25 pencil uses 1.1 mm lead. Nib opens with only slight pressure, not for the heavy-handed. Lovely material is casein-based, should be kept away from water.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium flex • $225
15302: Crown dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled holder, knobby branchiform mother of pearl taper, 14 cm long overall excluding ventless gold Crown #2 nib. Pen in excellent condition, but hinged box is rather rough, wood core has shrunk so will not close and latch. Crown was a Chicago company.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $150
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