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The first decade or so of the 20th century saw the production of some of the most beautiful and iconic fountain pens of all time -- veritable jewels of pendom.
14992: Carey eyedropper-filler: slender black hard rubber straight-cap, hand-engraved heavy green gold filled overlay with scrolling floral vines, 13.3 cm long, fully marked on the barrel, closely similar to contemporary Aikin Lambert and Fairchild products; Carey nib opens easily, a wet writer with plenty of line width variation, name engraved in barrel cartouche.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $965
15023: John Holland eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber taper-cap, sterling silver barrel overlay in finely chased scroll pattern; 15.1 cm long, overlay marked "STERLING" with monogram engraved in barrel cartouche, Holland #12 nib allows for dip pen level line width variation, patent split feed boldly imprinted.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
15042: Parker 15: spectacular black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with gold filled filigree cap, corrugated alternating abalone and mother of pearl barrel slabs; 12.8 cm long, fully marked, #3 Lucky Curve nib with keyhole vent. An extraordinarily clean example, with notably rich depth and patterning to the barrel slabs.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
15048: Parker 14: classic black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, sterling silver filigree overlay, 13.3 cm long, fully and strongly marked, earlier production with Heath "H" marks on both cap and barrel. Lucky Curve feed is intact, #3 nib with "lazy S" imprint is a smooth writer with a semistub tip, appears to have been recently professionally retipped. Even moderate fading to the hard rubber, we have left the silver unpolished for those who prefer patina.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $875
15052: Parker 45 Jack-Knife Safety: spectacular black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 10.9 cm long, gold filled trim, alternating corrugated abalone and mother of pearl barrel slabs; faceted red glass cap crown stone, early "hourglass" section, intact Lucky Curve feed, later Lucky Curve #2 nib is an excellent writer.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $1600
15068: Waterman 0512 Majestic: black hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, gold filled overlay, 13.5 cm long, "Majestic" is one of the scarcest and most desirable patterns, with hand-chased floral repousse work against a finely stippled background. Elegantly engraved monogram in the barrel cartouche, #2 nib is a factory stub with early imprint, matching imprinted feed.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine italic • $3450
15067: Williamson eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber with fluted mother of pearl slabs on the barrel, gold filled filigree overlay on the cap, 13.45 cm long, Williamson #3 nib has an unusual deliberate downwards angle at the tip, "AUTO" imprint on patented feed; pen is not otherwise marked, which is typical, other than nib and feed, it is nearly identical to a Parker 15 (Parker and Williamson were closely connected, with overlapping ownership and management). A lovely pen, pearl shows much more color than appears in the photos, only a few tiny chips to the narrow raised ridges, "Lucile" engraved on cap.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1450
15078: Aikin Lambert lever-filler: black hard rubber ringtop, full gold filled overlay, 9.5 cm long; unusual and interesting, as this is identical to a Waterman 0552 1/2V Sheraton but for the nib, feed, lever, and complete absence of overlay imprints. In this era Waterman used Aikin Lambert as a sub-brand, often finishing Waterman pens as Aikin Lamberts in order to use up surplus or slightly defective parts. This pen, however, is the first of its kind that we have seen, and appears to be first-quality throughout. The overlay is crisp and unbrassed, but the nib isn't the smoothest, and has a near-invisible hairline at its base.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine flex • $275
15027: Conklin lever-filler: small black chased hard rubber ringtop, 10.6 cm long, gold filled trim, nice clean example noting ding to cap band (see detail), slight waviness to nib from restraightening.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $145
15074: Diamond Point (?) pencil: coral ringtop, 10.9 cm long, gold filled trim, unmarked but distinctive with double barrel bands and flared top. Uses 1.1 mm lead, barrel slightly bent.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $45
15079: Esterbrook Mammoth Falcon dip pen: oversize no. 340 nib and holder, 21 cm long, black lacquered wood taper, nickel plated ferrule with blued steel nib holding spring fingers; new old stock with a few spots of age dulling to the plating, an uncommon nib, matching oversize holder hard to find.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $115
15070: Morrison Black Beauty: black chased celluloid ringtop lever-filler, 11 cm long, attractive ivory-colored celluloid cap crown banding, gold plated trim, stainless steel nib has lost most of its original gold wash finish, pen is otherwise in excellent condition noting band of posting wear to end of barrel (see details).
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium • $95
15071: Parker Duofold Junior: Burgundy (red pearl and black) streamline button-filler, 11.95 cm long, gold filled trim, later production with three-piece pressure bar, no patent date on clip, Duofold nib with serial number, comb feed. A nice clean example, hairline crack in barrel threads has been nearly invisibly repaired, barrel mouth now lined with brass and is stronger than new.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $250
15076: Parker Vacumatic Sub-Debutante: silver pearl laminate, 12 cm long, nickel plated trim, strong barrel imprint slightly double-struck, with 2nd quarter date code; near mint barrel transparency.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $175
15066: Sheaffer 3 Self-Filling: early black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, nickel plated trim, first block imprint, narrow feed, #3 Self Filling nib offers considerable line width variation, noting hairline beginning from vent hole. Hard rubber is evenly faded and worn.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $145
14649: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Crest set in box: black lever-filler, 1/10 14K gold filled cap, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot on end of barrel, section with ink window, massive conical two-tone nib is a smooth write. Pen is like new, matching model 600 pencil more worn, including a small bump to the cap crown, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: near mint/fine • NIB: fine firm • SOLD
14646: Sheaffer Lifetime Triumph Sentinel DeLuxe Threesome set in box: black lever-filler, polished stainless steel cap with gold filled trim, 13.4 cm long, big two-tone conical Triumph nib, section with ink window; matching twist-action .9 mm pencil and Stratowriter ballpoint, all three pieces have the White Dot attached to their caps with a gold filled eyelet -- a very short-lived transitional feature, used only for a few months. Ballpoint retains its original barrel sticker, pencil is as new, fountain pen lightly used, very slight swelling over lever retaining C-spring.
DATE: 1948 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: medium firm • $350
14939: Wahl-Eversharp oversize pencil: mottled hard rubber barrel, gold filled trim, 13.4 cm long, uncommon thick-lead model uses .075 inch (1.9 mm) lead.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine • $120
15022: Waterman 52½V: black chased hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 11.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, good chasing and imprints, only slight even fading to hard rubber, classic New York #2 nib is smooth and responsive with easy line width variation.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra fine flex • $175
15075: Waterman 92V: golden pearl snakeskin lever-filler, 10.9 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Canada; scarce and desirable pattern, good imprints, clip has been reattached at some point, a couple of pitted patches next to the lower barrel band (see details), notably calligraphic Canadian #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: broad oblique italic flex • $285
15025: Weidlich Star: black chased hard rubber ringtop lever-filler, 11 cm long, gold filled ringtop fitting may be an old addition, as lever is nickel; some fading including the shadow of a slip-on clip on the cap, chasing and imprints good, high quality Weidlich #2 nib writes a nicely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $120
15080: Wirt eyedropper-filler: early black chased hard rubber straight-cap, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, two-line barrel imprint with 1882 and 1885 patent dates, used between 1888 and 1903, Stone patent overfeed with long paddle tail; hard rubber is crisp and glossy, pen shows no signs of having been filled, with machining dust still present in the threads and interior. Basically a mint pen, with only minor wear marks from taking the cap off.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD