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Parker's Jack-Knife Safety was one of the most popular and influential fountain pen designs of all time -- though by far most commonly found under its eventual rebranding as the Duofold. The original Jack-Knife Safeties came in a much broader range of sizes and variations, and almost always carried notably flexible nibs. This group includes some of the scarcest and most desirable examples of the series that we have ever had, including an excellent selection of pens with transparent Bakelite barrels -- the original see-through demonstrators.
15326: Parker 23 Jack-Knife Safety: clipless black hard rubber screw-cap vest pocket eyedropper-filler, 10.1 cm long, fancy gold filled cap band, imprints on cap and barrel are worn but fully legible, intact Lucky Curve feed, responsive #3 nib, early production with angular section profile, wide barrel threads, slightly domed cap crown. Cap lip has been invisibly restored.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: G-VG* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
15363: Parker Jack-Knife Safety: rare baby Bakelite-barreled ringtop eyedropper-filler, black hard rubber, 8 cm long, gold filled trim; good barrel transparency, cap imprint light at top but fully legible, Lucky Curve feed intact, #2 Lucky Curve nib is ridiculously flexible, stress line visible by "P" of imprint. Cap lip slightly shortened.
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine superflex • SOLD
15321: Parker 25 Jack-Knife Safety: rare large black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with transparent Bakelite barrel, 12.8 cm long, nickel plated trim, good cap imprint with 1912 patent date, barrel imprint strong, includes "BAKELITE" lower line; #5 Lucky Curve nib has springy action, intact Lucky Curve feed.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1250
15335: Parker 24 Jack-Knife Safety: rare black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with transparent Bakelite barrel, 12.8 cm long, nickel plated trim, good cap imprint with 1912 patent date, barrel imprint strong, includes "BAKELITE" lower line; some tool marks to sides of crown, #4 Lucky Curve nib is notably long-tined and flexible, intact Lucky Curve feed.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine superflex • SOLD
15325: Parker 28 Jack-Knife Safety: oversize black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with transparent Bakelite barrel, 13.5 cm long, nickel plated trim; in Parker's catalog, second only to the Black Giant in size, and the largest model offered with a Bakelite barrel; good cap imprint with 1912 patent date, barrel imprint clean, includes "BAKELITE" lower line; some minor scuffs to the cap, tool marks to sides of crown, big #8 Lucky Curve nib, intact Lucky Curve feed.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $3250
15320: Parker Jack-Knife Safety 25½ Trench Pen: an iconic rarity, especially rare in such a large size -- black chased hard rubber screw-cap ink-pellet eyedropper-filler, 14.7 cm long, chasing and imprints are good, with a bit more wear and dulling on the cap; intact Lucky Curve feed, #5 nib has a teardrop vent and the banner imprint. Extra-long end cap imprinted with model number, tool marks to threads underneath.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium flex • $1950
15465: Diamond Point lever-filler: olive green celluloid oversize flat-top with inlaid red trim bands at ends, 13.9 cm long, gold filled trim, original warranted nib is not large but is an excellent writer, smooth and flexible.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $285
15447: Esterbrook Visumaster: blue pearl lever-filler, 12.7 cm long, stainless steel trim with chrome plated Esterbrook logo metal cap crown, section with ink window, original "starburst" 3550 nib with excellent tipping; one of the scarcest and most attractive Esterbrooks. Strong barrel imprint, some barrel staining (blue ink from a broken sac, it appears).
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $350
15462: Esterbrook J: black lever-filler, 12.35 cm long, stainless steel trim, early production with flat barrel end, three-ribbed cap jewel, gold-plated Morriset nib has been installed in an Esterbrook screw-in nib assembly, writes a smooth and fluid line.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $95
15463: Esterbrook J: copper pearl lever-filler, 12.5 cm long, stainless steel trim, earlier production with flat barrel end, round cap jewel, contemporary #2314-F nib unit with old partially finned round-bottomed feed.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: broad oblique • $145
15454: Esterbrook LJ: uncommon very late production lever-filler, 13.2 cm long, chrome plated trim, metallic blue "icicle" pattern, notably fine #2550 nib is a smooth writer.
DATE: c. 1962 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: needlepoint • $150
15464: Mabie Todd Blackbird: late production lever-filler, green marble with engine-turned "Azgold" cap, 12.8 cm long, gold plated trim; short-lived model, especially uncommon with cap in decent condition. Barrel material very likely casein rather than celluloid, so not to be put in water.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium flex • $265
15456: Parker Vacumatic Slender: long slender Golden Web (scarcest model of an uncommon and desirable pattern), 12.85 cm long, gold filled trim, black section and jewels, metal lockdown filler, clean imprint with 2nd quarter date code, barrel transparency like new, two-way arrow nib with slightly upturned tip and matching date code. Plating on blind cap tassie ring a bit rough, otherwise like new.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $450
15453: Parker Duofold Ingenue: black striped blue and silver pearl Vac-filler, 12.1 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, good imprint with 1st quarter date code, filler plunger with diamond imprint, fine barrel transparency, V-imprint nib is a responsive writer; typical slight swelling at end of barrel over filler unit, scratch on blind cap (see detail).
DATE: 1943 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $195
15455: Parker Duofold Senior: red and silver pearl Vac-filler with black stripes, 13.6 cm long, gold filled over silver trim, Blue Diamond clip, geometric patterned cap band, largest size, much scarcer than contemporary Vacumatics; good imprint with 3rd quarter date code, fine barrel transparency, wartime "V" for victory nib.
DATE: 1943 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $285
15461: Parker 51: grey Aerometric filler, frosty Lustraloy cap with narrow polishing rim band, chrome plated trim, sac transparency excellent.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine • $165
15459: Parker 180 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, 13.25 cm long, US-made cartridge-filler; "X/M" designation on 14K gold 2-way triangular nib (medium on one side, extra-fine on the other -- though more of a fine). As new, no packaging.
DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine/medium • $165
15460: Parker 180 Grain d'Orge: fine barleycorn pattern in gold plate, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; two-way triangular gold nib, feed marked X/M, writes extra-fine on one side, medium on the other; as new, no packaging.
DATE: c. 1983 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $225
15452: Pelikan 400 and 450 pencil in pouch: green striated piston-filler, black cap and filling knob, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, early production, nib marked "OB", piston seal has been replaced, barrel transparency excellent. Matching repeater pencil is early thick-barreled model, first version with eraserless end button, uses 1.1 mm lead. In green leather zipper carrier with original instructions for both pen and pencil, plus another for ink.
DATE: c. 1951 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad oblique italic semiflex • SOLD
15458: Wahl-Eversharp purse pen: vest pocket size lever-filler in jade green, 11.25 cm long, Equi-Poised profile, gold filled trim, small clasp clip, silicone sac has been installed to preserve color, #2 Signature nib is notably fine and flexible.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: needlepoint flex • $225
15457: unmarked Dwarf Ink Pencil in box: red hard rubber English-made American-retailed stylographic pen, 10 cm long, excellent condition but for corroded tip and needle. A fine display piece, or restoration candidate.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine* • $65