13285: De La Rue Onoto: uncommon New York-made black hard rubber plunger-filler, 14.4 cm long, gold filled trefoil filigree overlay, over and under feed. Fully marked including 1906 USA patent date on section flange, barrel overlay is mounted on a chased and imprinted barrel. Onotos were made in the USA for only a short time, c. 1909-1912.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1100
13465: De La Rue Onoto: long black hard rubber plunger-filler, gold filled barrel overlay, 15 cm long, responsive nib, French hallmarks on 1922 patent clip and overlay; brassing to clip but none to overlay, cap threads that connect upper and lower parts of cap have been repaired, and are now stronger than new.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine stub flex • $385
11212: De La Rue Onoto set in box: black hard rubber plunger-filler, 14.85 cm long, gold filled barrel overlay, matching cap crown, both with French hallmarks; #3 Onoto nib is an unusual sharp-edged italic with considerable flexibility. Boxed with a De La Rue patent injector pencil that appears to use 1.1 mm lead, but requires repair; pencil has some brassing, and comes with a well-constructed lead holder of hard rubber with a gold filled overlay; box interior rather tattered.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine italic flex • $650
11210: Dunhill Twopen: English-market version of the legendary Zerollo double-nibbed pen; helically-chased black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim. Crisp imprints, fully marked, both nibs very soft and flexible.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $3850
13382: Edward Todd combination: smooth gold filled all-metal lever-filler, 14.25 cm long, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead, #3 Edward Todd nib is slightly upturned, a smooth and flexible writer. Interesting inscription on barrel for the Fort Pitt Spring & Manufacturing Co. of Pittsburgh. Excellent quality, solid construction.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $295
14108: Edward Todd lever-filler: gold filled ringtop, 10.65 cm long, all metal construction with hard rubber section, initials on barrel, an attractive user with an outstanding nib; condition would be fine to excellent but for pinch marks on opposite sides of the cap and missing metal on sides of the heel of the nib (nib has been set more deeply into the section to provide proper support, now fully functional).
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: G-VG* • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $85
12582: Eversharp Skyline: dark burgundy lever-filler, 13.35 cm long, gold filled trim, doubly rare with ribbed sterling silver cap -- the rarest of all Skyline caps -- and Wahl markings instead of Eversharp (nib, top ring, and clip, with "W" logo in place of double check mark). It has been suggested that a small number of Skylines were so marked in order to maintain trademark protection for the Wahl name, but this is still speculation -- though the rarity of these pens is well-known.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $675
11347: Eversharp Skyline: black full-length lever-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, uncommon configuration with ribbed plastic cap; name on barrel.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $145
10532: Gold Bond combination: black and pearl lever-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent quality, Wahl-style pressure bar, toggled to catch-equipped lever; #4 warranted nib is generously-sized, smooth, and opens wide with light pressure, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; name on barrel.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $195
13421: Gold Starry (?) No. 3: large black chased hard rubber clipless French safety, 13 cm long, 18K warranted nib; barrel imprint worn and largely illegible below the first line which reads "HACHETTE'S" -- surely a retailer's imprint, for the famous Paris publisher and stationer; comparable in girth to a Waterman 45.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $225
11544: Hicks combination: sterling silver lever-filler and pencil, 11.9 cm long, unusual hand hammered finish over finely engine turned ground, 18K Hicks nib; identical to a Twinpoint combo, but marked only "STERLING". Initials in barrel escutcheon, uses 1.1 mm lead, nib gives wide line variation, not hallmarked for export so appears to be intended for jewelry store retail sale.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $595
11102: Hicks The Quill: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with gold filled overlay, 14.3 cm long; crisp engine turning of unusual complexity, barrel overlay marked "W. S. HICKS NEW YORK", nib is marked "LONDON". Hicks had a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, concentrating on dip pens and pencils rather than fountain pens until the later 1920s. Early Hicks fountain pens are not at all common -- overlay examples even more so.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $850
12691: John Holland 75: uncommon oversized black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated hatchet, wide gold filled cap band; originally clipless, came to us with a 1910-patent slip-on clip, included. Even fading and wear, imprints all legible, Holland #15 nib takes deliberate pressure to open up, more of a semiflex for ordinary use.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $475
13583: John Holland dip pen in box: #6-size takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14.4 cm long excluding matching #6 John Holland gold nib. Flake missing from taper end (see detail), small stress crack in prolongation of the nib slit, appears stable.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
13101: Kaweco Westminster 21: small jade green button-filler, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim, black hard rubber ends; strongly Kaweco in style and appearance, though Westminster has been listed as a Montblanc sub-brand -- may have been a retailer's house brand instead. #2 Montblanc nib, Montblanc notched feed, darkening to barrel, strong imprints, nick to cap lip and short barrel mouth hairline have been professionally sealed and are barely visible (see details).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • $275
12936: Mabie Todd Swallow combination: black and cream lever-filler, 15.9 cm long, gold filled trim, New York production, fine color, good imprints, eraser under cap crown, uses 1.1 mm lead, smooth and responsive #2 M.T. & Co. nib. Strong imprints, some plating wear to lower cap band, pencil mechanism loose (lead will push back in use unless cone is held to prevent rotation).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $295
11272: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with solid 18K gold barleycorn pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long, tool marks on posting end and on section overlay (see details), but pattern and imprints all sharp and clean. #2 New York nib is sharp-cut, with classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire feed tail.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine italic flex • $1250
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
14056: Mabie Todd Swan Leverless 4461: full-size black hard rubber twist-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, strong imprints, responsive #4 Swan nib. Hard to see hairline in cap lip (see detail) does not affect function, condition otherwise excellent. Celluloid stock was in short supply after WW2, hence the return to hard rubber for this pen.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium flex • $165
10461: Mabie Todd Swan Military Safety: rare screw-cap black hard rubber ink-tablet eyedropper-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled overlay. New York production, imprints and chasing crisp, some erosion around cap vent holes, feed shows signs of having been overheated during nib setting, but the pen is otherwise like new -- was found as part of a group of mostly new old stock Swans. Plain black hard rubber Swan Militaries are uncommon; examples with overlays are rare.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1450
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
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
13222: Osmia Supra Progress 196: large grey-green pearl pump-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual Vacumatic-style filling system, transparent barrel with web patterning, notable two-tone nib is an elegant writer. Overall condition is fine to excellent, but for heat shrinkage to marbled area at end of barrel.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $350