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
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
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
14857: Eagle combination: rare late-production example of one of the first mass-produced combos, in woodgrain celluloid rather than the usual hard rubber, but retaining the original eyedropper-filler design; 15.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, hard rubber pencil nozzle uses 2 mm lead, Eagle nib is a precise and responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450
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
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
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, though with a smaller nib. To be used with a light touch, as the nib is very soft and easily sprung.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $205
14701: Ingersoll twist-filler: oversize black celluloid, 14.35 cm long, gold filled trim, white trim band at cap top, short-lived higher quality mogel with blind cap over filling knob, 14K nib is small but flexible.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $175
14702: Ingersoll twist-filler: black Bakelite, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, original price band with filling instructions, barrel has a brass liner, so hairline in Bakelite from age shrinkage at front of barrel does not affect structural integrity (see detail); 14K nib is small but flexible.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine flex • $150
13727: John Holland eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber straight-cap with unusual and attractive gold filled overlay, 13.45 cm long, scroll and floral decoration with notably elaborate framing including faceted panels -- only one other example known to us, in silver. Well worn, with tool marks on the posting end and on the section, patent imprints on feed and section, nib is intact but tipping scant.
DATE: c. 1906 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine flex • $950
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 • $395
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
14877: Mabie Todd retracting dip pen: gold filled body, marked "MABIE TODD & CO. No. 1", pearl taper, 11 cm long closed, 13.75 cm extended including ventless gold Mabie Todd #1 nib. Splits to the collar of the nib holder (see details) do not affect function, the nib is still held securely. Nib has good springback, is not soft.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $120
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
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
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
14321: Montblanc 234½G: black celluloid piston-filler, 12.2 cm long, 14K gold nib, flat-bottomed feed, ivory-colored casein star. A pseudo-demonstrator, as the original black celluloid lacquer barrel coating has worn away, leaving the barrel transparent.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $425
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
14698: Omas Milord T2 in box: full-size facetted piston-filler, 13.5 cm long, rhodium-plated trim, cap and barrel machined from solid titanium, elegant matte finish, responsive titanium nib has been professionally smoothed and tuned; short-lived model of the highest quality and refinement, with all original packaging and instructions.
DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $1250