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

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15540: De La Rue Onoto set in box: fully covered gold filled lever-filler, 12.3 cm long, matching twist-action pencil uses 1.1 mm lead. Notably calligraphic nib.

DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $485

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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

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15688: Eagle glass cartridge pen: black lacquered brass, 11.95 cm long, one of the earliest cartridge pens made; barrel imprinted "PATENTED", untipped plated brass nib is flexible but toothy. An historic relic, not currently in working condition, original glass cartridge damaged at mouth, rubber section seal is age-hardened.

DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $95

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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15658: John Holland Fountagraph: smooth black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.75 cm long, #2 size with number on barrel end, original #2 warranted nib with oval vent hole is a fine flexible writer. A high quality Holland subbrand product, unusual early screw cap version with raised narrow barrel threads, inner cap.

DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $165

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15552: John Holland 72: long black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler with solid 14K gold cap band; 14.5 cm long, even wear and fading, slender #12 nib and narrow feed, chip missing from cap lip (see details) does not affect function, lip could readily be invisibly restored if desired.

DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: G-VG* • NIB: medium fine flex • $325

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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