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Fountain pens as jewelry are epitomized by the precious metal ringtops of the late 'teens and 1920s. Most often sold as ladies' pens, they were also used by men, attached to the chain of a pocket watch.
14919: Mabie Todd Swan: yellow gold filled ringtop lever-filler, 10.1 cm long, elegantly engine turned, #2 nib gives considerable line width variation; initials on barrel, shallow bumps to the section overlay.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
14916: Moore lever-filler: black hard rubber ringtop, full 18K yellow gold filled overlay, 9.75 cm long, crisp chevron pattern engine turning, "PAT. PEN." imprints, responsive nib with easy flexibility. Losses to cap liner at cap lip, does not affect posting or functionality (see detail), extenal appearance as new.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
14920: Wahl Tempoint: early gold filled lever-filler ringtop, 9.4 cm long, no Wahl marks on metal, only Boston Safety patent dates and "14 1/8"; crisp "Colonial" pattern, early Sheaffer-licensed sprung lever mechanism, bold italic #2 Tempoint nib has tipping wear, still a notable writer; scratch on section (see detail).
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: broad italic flex • $250
14921: Wahl Tempoint: early green gold filled lever-filler ringtop, 9.85 cm long, no Wahl marks on metal, only Boston Safety patent dates and "14 1/8"; crisp "Grecian Border" pattern, early Sheaffer-licensed sprung lever mechanism, #2 Tempoint nib; some loss of hard rubber liner at cap mouth, does not affect posting or function.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $250
14918: Wahl lever-filler: gold filled #2-size "all metal barrel" lever-filler ringtop, 9.5 cm long, "Check" pattern; hard rubber section, slight marring by one cap vent hole (see detail). #2 nib has nice flex, can write a very fine line with a light touch.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
14929: Wahl lever-filler: gold filled #2-size "all metal barrel" lever-filler ringtop, 9.5 cm long, "Ripple" pattern; chasing nice and crisp but flaking on cap along seam (see detail), tool marks on section, otherwise like new. Distinctive shaping of nib tipping, like an architect's grind.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
14928: Wahl lever-filler: gold filled "all metal barrel" miniature ringtop, 8.4 cm long, "Colonial" pattern, #0 nib gives nice line width variation, springy not soft.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • SOLD
14917: Waterman 452½V Hand Engraved Vine: black hard rubber ringtop lever-filler with full sterling silver overlay, 9.5 cm long, one of Waterman's most expensive deluxe patterns. Notably snappy and responsive #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
14953: Aikin Lambert Magazine pencil: sterling silver, 12.65 cm long, clip with 1905 Waterman patent date, holds standard 2 mm thick lead with a clutch mechanism actived by turning the crown (the lead is not propelled, only gripped); engine turning is crisp, but there is a patch of pitting on one side of the front third of the barrel, and initials engraved on the crown (see details).
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine* • $120
14886: Conklin 4 cutaway demonstrator: early mottled hard rubber slip-cap barrel assembly, 10.65 cm long, nickel-plated unmarked crescent, flat profile lock ring, 1903 latest patent date in imprint; appears to have been made from a factory reject barrel -- note that the "4" was stamped too hard and too close to the end of the barrel, breaking away some of the material (see detail).
DATE: c. 1906 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $225
14962: Conway Stewart Scribe 330: black chased hard rubber clipless lever-filler, 13.3 cm long, nickel plated trim; barrel end threaded, cap screws on to post.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium oblique semiflex • $175
14950: Diamond Point Fill-E-Z: red hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 10.85 cm long, black ends, gold filled trim, correct original warranted #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $120
14898: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.15 cm long, extends to 32.3 cm; square body ruled to 4 1/2 inches, 12 inches extended. Older production version has hand-engraved numbers, full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm lead, mechanism propels only, does not retract lead. Name engraved on side, some light marks, nozzle tip somewhat out of round, stress line does not affect function (see details).
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $250
14960: Miller Brothers scraper: 12.4 cm long eraser knife, bone handle has crack but is functionally sound; American-made, in Meriden, Connecticut.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: G* • $60
14952: Parker Vacumatic Major pencil: silver pearl laminate, 12.85 cm long, nickel plated trim, good imprint with 4th quarter date code, overall condition fine+ but for deep circumferential scratches below barrel band (see details, not so obtrusive due to the direction of the pattern). Uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $50
14946: Parker Vacumatic Major: black laminate, 12.7 cm long, wartime production with gold filled over silver trim, Blue Diamond clip, filler plunger with diamond imprinted on end. Good barrel transparency, imprint with 2nd quarter date code, nib correct but slightly later with a 1945 date code.
DATE: 1943 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • SOLD
14961: Parker 21 set in box: red Aerometric filler with Octanium nib, matching twist-action .9 mm pencil, frosty Lustraloy caps with bright polished rims, both retain original barrel stickers (some of the sticker gum has moved around the pen's barrel, can be easily cleaned off with mineral oil). Instruction card dated 1953, some minor scuffs to box exterior.
DATE: c. 1953 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $175
14936: Parker 75 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, 12.8 cm long, made in USA, no date code, section with angle indicator, "F" nib, uses standard cartridges or converter (included).
DATE: c. 1976 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $165
14959: Parker Duofold International pencil in box: green marble (scarce color, difficult to photograph accurately), 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, made in England, uses 0.7 mm lead, "E" date code. As new, eraser unused, box lacks instruction sheet.
DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: near mint • $225
14934: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Statesman set in box: golden pearl striated plunger-filler, 12.7 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone Triumph nib, barrel transparency as new; with matching .9 mm twist-action pencil.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium firm • $245
14899: Sheaffer 500: blue "Dolphin" cartridge-filler, 13.3 cm long, brushed stainless steel cap, distinctive inlaid nib in white metal (palladium silver?) is a smooth writer.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $80
14927: Wahl-Eversharp pencil: gold filled, uncommon version with matching engine turned internal mechanism, 13.3 cm long, "Grecian Border" pattern, clip with raised rib, uses 1.1 mm lead, name elegantly engraved on barrel.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $95
14954: Wahl-Eversharp Signature pencil: uncommon short black and pearl model with roller clip, 10.6 cm long, gold filled trim, no brassing, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc • $75