We'll be out of the shop from Thursday through Monday for the holiday weekend. All orders received will be shipped promptly on Tuesday. Thank you for your patience!


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


14892: Fairchild Unique: very early black chased hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.85 cm long, patent date of 1885 but advertised into the early 1890s; distinctive flat nib with slight dihedral, advertised as 16K gold. Hard rubber surface is rough and pitted from harsh cleaning, imprints worn but legible. A rare and historically significant model from one of the most prominent gold nib makers of the dip pen era, and the first supplier of gold nibs to Waterman.

DATE: c. 1888 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine flex • $325

ORDER

Click here for more images


15417: Gold Bond lever-filler in box: attractive and high-quality, woodgrain celluloid with yellow ends, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, strong imprints, name on barrel; pressure bar arrangement is similar to Wahl's, Gold Bond being a Montgomery Ward house brand. Nib is a fantastic writer, excellent springback and paper feel, though there is what appears to be a stable hairline at the base of the imprint. In original box with insert, guarantee certificate, and instructions.

DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265

ORDER

Click here for more images


15382: Good Service lever-filler: unusual transparent red ringtop, 11.4 cm long, gold plated trim, small warranted 14K nib; transparent silicone sac has been installed for maximum effect.

DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $165

ORDER

Click here for more images


15311: H. M. Smith dip pen in box: unmarked checkerboard pattern gold filled holder with celluloid taper, simulated ivory with real gold and silver inlay work on either side; 14.6 cm long overall excluding lovely long-tined #3 ventless gold nib -- a notably flexible and controllable writer. A couple of minor losses to the inlay, usual slight age warpage of the taper, excellent appearance.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $275

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


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 with some tooth.

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine flex • $150

ORDER

Click here for more images


15249: John Holland eyedropper-filler: unusually thick-barreled black hard rubber taper-cap, alternating dark and light pearl slabs, 14.9 cm long, patent split feed, Holland #13 nib has good tipping but has a crack from the vent hole, fine for use with a gentle touch, could easily be laser-welded for full durability..

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $675

ORDER

Click here for more images


15370: John Holland eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber taper-cap, 14.8 cm long, crisp chasing and imprints, hard rubber glossy and unfaded, appears never to have been filled, though there is a stress crack in the cap (from being squeezed, most likely, since it is in the middle and not at the mouth). Came to us without a nib, we have added a period-correct #4 Holland nib. Nib tipping is scant, worn away on one side, nib is still entirely usable though somewhat toothy with pressure.

DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $350

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


15276: John Holland 72: black chased hard rubber ringtop hatchet-filler, 11.4 cm long, gold filled cap crown; good clear imprints, Holland #12 nib is a good writer but has visibly been restraightened.

DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • $225

ORDER

Click here for more images


15100: Kaweco safety in box: black hard rubber with gold filled overlay, German made, retracting nib, 11 cm long, dents to cap, seal replaced, warranted nib opens with slightest pressure, to be used with a light touch, incipient stress line from vent hole (see detail). In retailer box from the Netherlands.

DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $565

ORDER

Click here for more images


15440: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with full gold filled crisscross ribbon and scroll pattern overlay, 13.4 cm long, over-under feed with twisted sterling silver wire internal tail, nib with turned-up tip, Bard patent imprint underneath. Early New York production, Mabie Todd & Bard barrel imprint with full patent dates up to 1888, front part of section overlay has been replaced (this area is almost always found severely corroded from prolonged contact with acidic ink). Nib opens up at the slightest touch, not for those who write with a heavy hand. Barrel cartouche engraved "W.T. SHARP/11 GARRICK ST." identifying the original owner as W. Thornton Sharp, long-serving secretary of the Newspaper Press Fund of London, a charitable organization for the support of needy journalists and their next of kin.

DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $825

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


15111: Mabie Todd Swan 2 Self Filler: rare black chased hard rubber slip-cap bulb-filler, 13.6 cm long, New York production, calligraphic #2 nib is very flexible, with gold overfeed. This short-lived design was Mabie Todd's first self-filling fountain pen, and incorporates an internal check valve inside the filler housing (a full discussion of this design can be found here).

DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $450

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


15418: Montblanc baby safety: iconic miniature in black hard rubber, just 8.35 cm long; like new but for a small abrasion over imprint of the "0" size Simplo nib. Casein star is glossy and unstained, hard rubber is unfaded with clean imprints, seal is ink-tight.

DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: fine stub flex • $1500

ORDER

Click here for more images


15195: Montblanc 149: early production, black celluloid with narrow sterling cap bands flanking wider gold filled band, 14.3 cm long, ivory-colored cap star, two-stage brass piston mechanism, less common "MEISTERSTUCK" on center cap band, "149" and "KM" on filler knob, early flat 139-style feed, newly-replaced cork piston seal; 18K tri-tone nib is a smooth writer, noting microscopic stress mark from vent hole (see detail). Line between ink window and barrel body slightly askew, a manufacturing slipup.

DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $2450

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


15312: Montgomery Ward extending dip pen in case: unmarked gold filled holder with unusually fancy mother of pearl taper, 12.1 cm long retracted, 13 cm extended excluding #2 Montgomery Ward marked nib; nib has scant tipping and has been restraightened, opens with very light pressure for dramatic line width variation, holder has small stress crack on bottom which does not affect function (see detail). Lovely box, hinged with patterned plush fabric covering.

DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $165

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


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

ORDER

Click here for more images


More pens with flexible nibs: A to C - P to Z - unmarked