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Silver-grey pearl celluloid must be one of the most beautiful pen materials, though being understated it often escapes special notice. In the 1930s Parker used it primarily on second-line models, such as the classic button-filling Challenger.
14704: Parker Challenger: silver-grey pearl and black marbled button-filler, 12.9 cm long, chrome plated trim, good barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, matching code on nib, a notably smooth writer.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • SOLD
14725: Parker button-filler: silver grey pearl and black marbled, 12.15 cm long, chrome plated trim, uncommon Depression-era model, like a Challenger but fancier, with colored ends and three narrow cap bands; good barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, matching code on nib.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium firm • $125
14706: Parker Challenger: silver-grey pearl and black marbled button-filler, 13 cm long, chrome plated trim, good barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, matching code on nib, a bold and wet writer.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium broad • SOLD
14663: Parker button-filler set: silver grey pearl and black marbled, 12 cm long, chrome plated trim, Depression-era model like a Challenger but with three narrow cap bands and generic Parker barrel imprint. Most unusually, the imprint on the pen is upside down; the date code is 1st quarter, while the matching pencil's is 3rd quarter ; good barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, matching code on nib.
DATE: 1939 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $225
14653: Parker Challenger: silver-grey pearl and black marbled button-filler, 13.1 cm long, chrome plated trim, section with ink window, bold imprint with 4th quarter date code, nib is of correct form and markings, but is slightly early with a 1938 date code.
DATE: 1940 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $165
14804: Cross magic pencil: gold filled ringtop, 6.2 cm long closed, 11.6 cm extended, fully marked, uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead, propels and retracts.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • $105
14803: Esterbrook M2: red squeeze-filler, 13.45 cm long, finely-ribbed chrome cap, Esterbook-imprinted clip and barrel, smooth #9556 nib unit; original black rubber sac has been replaced with a transparent PVC sac. Excellent but for a crack in the cap (liner is intact, so does not affect function).
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium • $45
14806: Sheaffer 3-25: jade green ringtop lever-filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, typical discoloration, slight heat distortion to top of cap, noteworthy nib has great paper feel, smooth and sharp-edged for an effortlessly calligraphic shaded line.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine italic • $125
14824: Sheaffer desk pens in box: five (5) brown No. 3 lever-fillers, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim, new old stock with original stickers and nib protectors, as shipped from the factory to a dealer. Originally six pens in the box, which has been roughly opened but is a rare survivor. Sacs have not been replaced, are still soft though not to be relied upon.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $250
14823: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Statesman set in box: "Persian Blue" plunger-filler, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph nib, section with ink window; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine • $220
14810: Sheaffer Touchdown Crest Deluxe set in box: large first-year pneumatic-filler, burgundy with gold filled cap, White Dot, large two-tone conical Triumph nib, section with ink window; condition is as new but for the typical slight swelling of the barrel end over the O-ring recess. Matching .9 mm pencil is mint. Pen retains original section sticker with nib grade and filling instructions, also foil clip tag; instruction sheet dated March 1951.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $225
14812: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel set in box: first-year burgundy pneumatic-filler, 14 cm long, stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph nib with narrow skirt, 14K solid gold Snorkel tube; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead, appears to have been used more than the pen. Early box and instructions dated October 1952, refer to the new pen not as a Snorkel but as the "TM* with the Snorkel".
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: near mint/fine-exc • NIB: broad • $275
14813: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel: burgundy pneumatic-filler, 14.1 cm long, stainless cap, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph F5 nib.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $145
14815: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman set in box: grey pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, palladium-silver alloy conical Triumph M4 nib. Pen is in excellent condition, matching .9 mm pencil has been used more and has a scratch at the front of the barrel and a small stress line from the clip mount (see details).
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc/fine • NIB: broad • $175
14811: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel in box: green pneumatic-filler, 14 cm long, stainless cap, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical 14K gold M5 Triumph nib, later production with colored section.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $150
14816: Sheaffer Snorkel Admiral set in box: blue pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, conventional 14K gold #5 M2 nib, matching .9 mm pencil. Original nib grade band on pen, box and instructions from very end of PFM and Snorkel production.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $165
14817: Tiffany dip pen: beautiful sterling silver holder, 16.7 cm long excluding steel nib, with finely-chased floral decoration with acanthus-bordered rings; fully marked, top-quality work, not to be confused with run-of-the-mill Tiffany-marked pens made by lesser subcontractors. Even wear, scattered shallow marks to the nib holder.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $695
14805: Wahl-Eversharp Match Thin pencil: smooth silver-plated miniature ringtop, 7.85 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, short-lived and scarce model, with the silver version especially uncommon, appearing only in the 1924 catalog. Also sold as the "Tiny Eversharp". Appears to be new old stock, came to us with remains of original clear lacquer protective coating, now cleaned off.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: near mint • $95
14807: Waterman 452½V Filigree: black hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 9.55 cm long, sterling silver overlay; initials HRH elegantly engraved on barrel, light bumps to posting end, #2 nib opens readily with normal writing pressure, tip is a bit wavy from restraightening (see detail).
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $225
14818: unmarked desk pencil: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; fine quality, English or American.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • SOLD