The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
We've long taken a special interest in pens with unusual design features, especially odd filling mechanisms. This group exemplifies the inventive spirit present in the early days of American fountain pen manufacture around the last turn of the century. Many are notable writers as well.
15778: A. A. Waterman Uncle Sam's Fountain Pen: unusual black chased hard rubber lever-filler made for export, 12.7 cm long, maker's marks limited to the clip and the "91M/2" model number stamp on the barrel. Peculiar lever box with solid bottom from pivot point back -- we've not seen another. Condition of hard rubber is excellent as a whole, but wear and pitting to metal trim surfaces, scratches to barrel end.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
15788: American Fountain Pen Co. sleeve-filler: rare and peculiar, black chased hard rubber, 12.6 cm long, to all external appearances a standard Moore safety, but instead the barrel sleeve must be unscrewed to reveal the opening in the barrel and the pressure bar. Bar is imprinted "LICENSED UNDER/PATENT 781.649" -- Robert A. Hamilton's US patent of 1905. Overall condition would be excellent plus, but for now-repaired cracks in both the sleeve and barrel, surely due to rough handling as they are not in locations normally subject to much stress..
DATE: c. 1914 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $365
15759: Autofiller lever-filler: unusual black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 13.95 cm long, nickel plated trim, hard rubber crisp and glossy, odd imprint with 1903 patent date for Schaaf's US patent 732117 for a twist-filler, appropriate for most Autofillers but not this one. Slip-cap lever-fillers by any maker are uncommon.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine stub flex • SOLD
15754: Franklin syringe-filler: long clipless black chased hard rubber slip-cap self-filler, 14.65 cm long, made in Philadelphia, new seal, clever design allows user to adjust pressure on and thus tightness of the piston seal by turning the nut at the end of the plunger; imprint with patent date of 1892, #2 Franklin nib is a notable writer.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine superflex • SOLD
15774: Salz Army and Navy: WW1-era black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler in the form of a .30-06 US service rifle cartridge, 10.35 cm long, strong imprint, Salz #2 nib has rather scant tipping but is still fully usable; cap lip has been well repaired, sealed cracks if anything less visible that the scratches left on the cap by a now-gone slip-on clip.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
15757: Sterling sleeve-filler: black chased hard rubber, 13.6 cm long, made in Boston, good Davidson Rubber imprint with patent dates of 1899 and 1900, warranted nib is a high quality smooth writing replacement; raised barrel threads are an early feature, even moderate fading to hard rubber. Sterling is best known for their middle-joint dropper-filling pens, which this closely resembles when closed.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $275
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15785: Hicks magic pencil: large, 14K gold filled, with sheath carrying suspension ring; 11.6 cm long extended, 7 cm retracted, uses .075 inch lead, propels and retracts; fully marked, mechanism works perfectly, no dents.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: exc • $195
15768: Moore lever-filler: economy model but in lovely striped celluloid, 12.7 cm long, trim has lost almost all of its thin gold plating, as has the steel "Duo-Tip" nib -- which is nonetheless a smooth writer which gives and extra-fine line when inverted, as advertised.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine • $95
15776: Parker 49 Jack-Knife Safety: black hard rubber ringtop button-filler, gold filled overlay, 11.4 cm long, teardrop-vent #2 Lucky Curve nib is notably long-tined and flexible, crack at base hidden inside section does not affect function; earlier production with prominent barrel threads, blind cap imprinted "102".
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $250
15773: Parker 92 Jack-Knife Safety: rare full-length black hard rubber button-filler with full gold filled scroll-engraved overlay, 13.3 cm long; beautiful workmanship, elegant monogram in barrel cartouche, blind cap is a later replacement, #3 Lucky Curve nib has been retipped and is a smooth and responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • $1100
15798: Parker Duofold Senior: red hard rubber bandless button-filler, 13.95 cm long, gold filled trim, large imprint, correct early nib and feed, "6" imprint on blind cap. A nice clean example with typical marks of wear and usage but no cracks or damage.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $1200
15709: Parker button-filler: black chased hard rubber "Black Line" ringtop, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp imprints and chasing, ends with sharp milling, Lucky Curve #3 nib has a rounded oblique nib, a wet writer that needs to be canted correctly for best results.
DATE: c. 1928/1937 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium broad oblique semiflex • $200
15781: Parker 51: grey Aerometric filler, frosty two-tone Lustraloy cap, new old stock with barrel sticker, factory new noting minor rubbing on clutch ring from taking off cap; barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code.
DATE: 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $250
15770: Parker 75 Insignia: fine crosshatch pattern, early USA model with flat ends, marked "14K G.F," (gold filled, not gold plated as were later 75s), section with angle indicator, 14K nib with "66" on feed. Uses standard Parker cartridges or converter (metal squeeze converter included).
DATE: c. 1967 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $265
15771: Parker 75 Insignia: fine crosshatch pattern, dished ends, marked "14K G.F. CAP & BARREL U.S.A." (gold filled, not gold plated like later 75s), with metal convertor, section with angle indicator, 14K US-made "F" nib.
DATE: c. 1973 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine • $250
15764: Parker Premier in box: sterling silver "Ciselé" pattern, gold plated trim, 13.5 cm long, made in France, French-hallmarked smooth-writing 18K gold nib with "F" on feed, black onyx disks set into ends. Wear to packaging, outer box label is for a Laque, but pen itself is as new with clip hang tag, minor handling marks on section, otherwise mint.
DATE: c. 1983 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $395
15767: Parker 75 Laque set: gold plated trim, black lacquer finish, made in France, "TE" date code, 14K French-made nib, piston-style converter included; matching repeater pencil has "IIN" date code, uses .5 mm lead.
DATE: 1985, 1989 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $295
15752: Parker 75 Prince de Galles: rare variant with ribless end buttons, featherless arrow clip; gold plated, made in France, late section with gold plated trim ring, uncommon 14K French-made factory broad italic nib with feed marked "BI".
DATE: c. 1985 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad italic • $450
15782: Parker Premier: silver plated fine barleycorn (Grain d'Orge) pattern, gold plated trim, 13.45 cm long, black onyx end inserts, made in France, 18K French-hallmarked nib is a responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1985 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $295
15772: Waterman 0542½ Etched in box: black hard rubber retracting-nib safety with full 18K gold filled hand-engraved overlay, 13 cm long; long-tined New York #2 nib is smooth and flexible, overall appearance is excellent noting dents in packing housing overlay and rim bumps to cap crown. The "Etched" pattern is one of Waterman's most attractive, but normally only found on smaller ringtop models.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $785
15769: unmarked dip pen: copper-plated brass holder in the shape of a quill, 23.5 cm long excluding steel nib, engraved "Ausstellung Mannheim.1907/Louis Markert". The Mannheim exhibition of 1907 was devoted to art and horticulture.
DATE: c. 1907 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120
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