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True factory demonstrator pens were not made for general sale, and in most cases vintage examples are rare indeed. This group comprises some especially unusual models -- some of which are the only ones we have seen in decades of dealing and collecting.
15119: Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filling cutaway demonstrator barrel: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 9.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, New York production, shows classic Swan locking lever action.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc • $95
15157: Parker Vacumatic Junior demonstrator: black pump-filler with transparency barrel, 12.15 cm long, gold filled trim, marked "DEMONSTRATOR/NOT FOR SALE". Sharp imprint with 4th quarter date code, nib slightly later with early 1936 date stamp. Some scratches to inside of barrel, fine transparency.
DATE: 1934 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $600
15116: Parker 51 demonstrator: rare second-year model, black with transparent hood, red collector, barrel marked "DEMONSTRATOR". Rhodium-plated coin silver cap in grouped parallel lines pattern, gold filled Blue Diamond clip, good 1st quarter one-line barrel imprint, early plastic filler plunger with diamond on end. Scattered marks to cap, otherwise clean. Due to wartime constraints, 1942 demonstrators are even scarcer than first-year examples.
DATE: 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • SOLD
15102: Sheaffer PFM III demonstrator: rare transparent dealer-only version of Sheaffer's oversize Snorkel-filler; 13.65 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, black nib-hood assembly is original and correct, as clean an example as we have ever handled, one barely visible stress mark on back of cap (see detail). This example appears to be the only one discovered to date for the Australian market, carrying an Australian-marked nib though the cap bears a USA stamp (there is still much to be determined regarding the extent of Sheaffer manufacturing in Australia). Sac and seals have not been replaced.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: fine • SOLD
15155: Sheaffer PFM or Imperial ballpoint demonstrator: transparent clip-actuated, 13.35 cm long with tip extended, gold filled trim, White Dot, some scratches visible inside cap but no cracks, otherwise like new; uses standard refills, matches PFM III or corresponding Imperial.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: fine • SOLD
15112: Waterman 14 PSF: smooth black hard rubber cutaway demonstrator, 13.85 cm long, nickel plated trim, factory production with nonstandard imprint placement to avoid cutouts, section not of usual Waterman form, no nib. Sac is hardened, has not been replaced.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine • SOLD
15077: Waterman Ink-Vue demonstrator: transparent celluloid with black ends, 12.75 cm long, clipless version without end globe or cap band specially furnished for use with Signagraph check-signing machine; not much used, but cap is cracked, original sac has not been replaced, ink residue inside barrel has not been cleaned out.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • SOLD
15163: Bezalel Works Tribes of Israel ballpoint: sterling silver with chrome plated trim, 13.1 cm long, relief work with colored highlights, vintage souvenir item made in Israel, "GLOBUS" on clip; one patch of plating loss on nose cone, otherwise excellent, uses standard refills (one new refill included).
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: fine • $60
15160: Esterbrook 3968 Renew-Point: early, scarce, and desirable "sunburst" imprint screw-in nib unit with osmiridium tipping; dip-tested, writes a nice smooth line.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $65
15162: Esterbrook 3556 Renew-Point nib unit: scarce "sunburst" imprint nib with red collar and black flat-bottomed comb feed; new old stock, but crack in collar (this should not affect functionality once nib unit is screwed into a pen's section).
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine* • $50
15152: Esterbrook J: red pearl full-size lever-filler, 12.5 cm long, stainless steel trim, shallow oblique cut Relief #2314M nib has rounded tip, not an italic.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium oblique • $85
15154: Esterbrook LJ: black lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, stainless steel trim, desirable #9788 nib, medium flex.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium flex • $95
15159: Montblanc 46 pencil: short and thick octagonal twist-action, 8 cm long, uses 2.5 mm lead; blue casein nose cone, crisp imprints and crown milling.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: exc • $350
15145: Parker Vest Pocket Duofold Deluxe: scarce miniature ringtop button-filler, jade celluloid, 9 cm long, gold filled trim, triple cap band, clean condition with better than average color, sharp imprints; nib has the very beginning of a stress line from the vent hole, should be stable with normal use.
DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine • $250
15147: Parker Vacumatic Major: golden pearl laminate, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip is wartime gold over silver, crisp barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code, near perfect barrel transparency, only slight darkening over diaphragm; appears to have been new old stock, came to us with no signs of having been filled though with one tiny nick to the cap band (see detail).
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $195
15156: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, scarce and desirable first model with metal section threads, flat end buttons, top button with cutout for clip (only first four to six months of production), very early feed with number 67 imprinted on concave slope. US-made, section with nib angle indicator marks, "0" at center, cap marked "STERLING SILVER"; includes old-style convertor with fresh sac.
DATE: 1964 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium • $575
15161: Parker 75 ballpoint in box: sterling silver grid pattern, cap actuated, gold plated trim, marked "STERLING SILVER", made in USA, no date code, uses standard Parker refills.
DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: near mint • $175
15150: Sheaffer Lifetime: oversize jade green flat-top lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, solid 14K gold clip and cap band, White Dot on cap top; initials engraved on band, discoloration to both cap and barrel. Massive Lifetime nib is a firm and precise writer. Big flat-tops with solid gold trim are not common.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine firm • $325
15151: Sheaffer Lifetime Vigilant: green striated plunger-filler with military clip, 12.9 cm long, gold filled over silver trim, White Dot, fine barrel transparency, precise two-tone Lifetime nib. Some marks to filler knob, edge wear to nib plating. Green was not one of the initial color options of this short-lived WW2-era model.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $150
15169: Stoddard Briggs marking pen in case: glass dip pen in wooden case with label noting patent date of 1867, New York address canceled so after c. 1873; case is 15.3 cm long. F. H. Stoddard & Co. was dissolved at the end of 1884 or early in 1885.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $80
15146: Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal: oversize jade green "Deco Band" lever-filler with rare and enigmatic "X-Seal" above clip, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim; nib is an old replacement of excellent quality from the fabled Singer Pen Shop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, section is not the Personal Point screw-in type, indicating that this was likely a late closeout pen originally sold with a warranted rather than a Gold Seal nib. Jeweler's scratched-in service code visible on bottom of feed on close inspection (see detail), could allow dating of nib installation. Trim excellent with no brassing, imprints strong, typical discoloration to celluloid.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium flex • SOLD
15143: unmarked eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap, 13.6 cm long, gold filled Art Nouveau filigree overlay has not a trace of brassing (was sold to us as tested as 14K, but more likely top quality very thick gold laminate). Closely resembles a Waterman, similar quality but parts do not interchange. #2 warranted nib is a notable writer, only slightest fading to hard rubber.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $425