The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Midcentury Modern may be hot in other areas, but as stylish as they may be, pens and pencils from the late 1940s to the early 1960s are still very affordable. Most of the items featured here came to us unused and fresh to the market, as a group.
15375: Eversharp Kimberly Pockette: burgundy with wide 1/20 14K gold filled band, 8.75 cm long, one pinprick to band, slight posting impression to body, otherwise like new. Refills available but not included.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: fine • SOLD
15374: Eversharp Kimberly Pockette: uncommon higher-end version with 1/20 14K gold filled cap and barrel, 8.6 cm long; posting wear to barrel, end ding, overall sound and attractive. Refills available but not included.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: VG • SOLD
15360: Eversharp Luxury Set: budget version of the Symphony, black lever-filler with gold plated cap, 13.9 cm long, nib is small but is a remarkable writer; original barrel stickers, slight overall roughness to clip plating.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $120
15359: Eversharp Symphony Deluxe: dark green lever-filler, 14.15 cm long, chrome plated asymmetrical "slipper" cap with wide gold filled band and clip, designed by Raymond Loewy, second generation model introduced December 1949; new old stock with barrel stickers, but plating losses to cap (see details).
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium rigid • $120
15357: Eversharp Symphony: dark green lever-filler, 14 cm long, chrome plated cap, gold filled trim.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $115
15361: Eversharp Retractable: burgundy ballpoint, 13.5 cm long, chrome plated trim, press button to extend tip, top of clip to retract.
DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: near mint • $35
15344: Eversharp Slim Ventura repeater pencil: gold filled cap and barrel, 13.1 cm long, original price tag on clip, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: mint • SOLD
15362: Eversharp Ventura: dark green lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, ribbed chrome plated cap with matching trim.
DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $95
15346: Eversharp Slim Ventura: gold filled cap and barrel, burgundy section, 13.1 cm long, original price band, squeeze-filler; top of the line model.
DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $175
15345: Eversharp ballpoint: large, all metal, 13.75 cm long, chrome plated with two black trim bands and somewhat worn United Air Lines name on side. Press button to extend tip, clip top to retract.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $60
15348: Parker Eversharp Teena pencil: unusual bright red model with triangular barrel, 12.7 cm long, chrome plated trim; uses .9 mm lead, appears to be new old stock.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: near mint • $80
15347: Parker Eversharp 10,000 ballpoint: black with gold plated trim, 11.7 cm long, press triangular button to extend tip, clip to retract.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: near mint • $45
15358: Parker Eversharp Tip-Wic: grey with chrome plated cap, 13.5 cm long, fiber tip version of the Big E, internally identical to Parker's original 45 fiber tip, with replaceable tip unit and utilizing standard Parker fountain pen refills or converter. Unused and unusual.
DATE: c. 1965 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $65
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15296: Conklin Jaxon: black chased hard rubber clipless screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.25 cm long, wide feed, warranted #3 nib writes like a flexible dip pen with much paper feel. Jaxon was a Conklin sub-brand; most were self-fillers, using a variant of the Conklin crescent-filling mechanism, eyedropper-fillers are rare. Clean imprints and chasing, excellent plus but for scratch at top of cap.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $295
15303: Conklin Jaxon: clipless black chased hard rubber stud-filler, 13.3 cm long, patented variant of Conklin's crescent-filler with a metal lock ring securing the filling stud against accidental actuation. Nearly all of these pens were sold under the Jaxon name, used by Conklin as a sub-brand. Nice clean #3-size, strong chasing and imprints, usual rust to lock ring.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub flex • $265
15304: Conklin Jaxon: clipless black chased hard rubber stud-filler, 13.5 cm long, nickel plated trim, patented variant of Conklin's crescent-filler with a metal lock ring securing the filling stud against accidental actuation. Nearly all of these pens were sold under the Jaxon name, used by Conklin as a sub-brand. #3-size is most often found, this is #4-size, and with a Jaxon-marked #4 nib (most Jaxons have warranted nibs). Well worn but mechanically sound, nib is a notable writer.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: G • NIB: extra-fine flex • $275
15440: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with full gold filled crisscross ribbon and scroll pattern overlay, 13.4 cm long, over-under feed with twisted sterling silver wire internal tail, nib with turned-up tip, Bard patent imprint underneath. Early New York production, Mabie Todd & Bard barrel imprint with full patent dates up to 1888, front part of section overlay has been replaced (this area is almost always found severely corroded from prolonged contact with acidic ink). Nib opens up at the slightest touch, not for those who write with a heavy hand. Barrel cartouche engraved "W.T. SHARP/11 GARRICK ST." identifying the original owner as W. Thornton Sharp, long-serving secretary of the Newspaper Press Fund of London, a charitable organization for the support of needy journalists and their next of kin.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $825
15438: Parker Duofold Senior "Big Bro" pencil: orange celluloid barrel, gold filled trim, 14.1 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; crisp imprint, long cap crown has one slight nick on the side, otherwise clean. Mechanism works but not smoothly, lead doesn't always retract fully.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine* • $150
15441: Parker Duofold Senior pencil: early pale green celluloid, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; good imprint, usage wear to trim but crown unusually ding-free. Mechanism a little balky, sometimes will not retract lead all the way if first extended unusually far.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine* • $150
15436: Parker Depression Pen: gold and green pearl button-filler, 11.55 cm long, gold filled trim, lovely color, scarce model.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $275
15439: Parker Classic ballpoint in box: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, button actuated, made in USA, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL", no date code, uses standard Parker refills. New old stock with original clip tag, metal foil label dated 1969, box has some rust to the edge of its metal trim. Several available.
DATE: c. 1969 • CONDITION: mint • $125
15432: Parker 75 Milleraies: fine parallel lines pattern in gold plate, made in France, "YC" date code, French-hallmarked 14K nib; includes old style metal converter.
DATE: 1986 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $265
15442: Parker Sonnet set: Laque Verdigris fountain pen and twist-action repeater pencil, subtle grey-green color, made in France, 18K gold nib, converter included, pencil uses .5 mm lead. New old stock with clip tags but no packaging, several sets available.
DATE: 2002 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $225
15429: Pilot FD in box: black lacquer with signed maki-e decoration of flying crane and clouds, 13.2 cm long, gold plated trim, 14K nib, squeeze-filler converter included.
DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $285
15427: Sheaffer PFM V set: oversize black Canadian-made Snorkel-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled cap and trim, inlaid 14K gold nib is an extremely smooth and fluent writer. Matching twist-action pencil uses .9 mm lead. White Dot on pencil has lost its dome, pen barrel has a skilfully repaired crack (see detail; looks like a scratch), cap top has initials lightly scratched; both are worn but mechanically sound, good attractive users.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: G-VG* • NIB: medium • $275
15428: Sheaffer PFM V set in box: oversize black Snorkel-filler, 13.55 cm long, gold filled cap and trim, inlaid 14K gold nib is extremely smooth and wet, matching pencil uses .9 mm lead. As new in box with instructions and guarantee certificate, mint but for light personal engravings on caps.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $495
15431: Wahl-Eversharp Oxford: rare subbrand, not to be confused with Wahl-Oxford; black and pearl ringtop lever-filler, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, three smooth cap bands with narrower center band, Oxford #5 nib is a notable writer. Identical to a top-line Gold Seal but for the trim and imprints, excellent color.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $285
15437: Waterman 3V: light red pearl vest-pocket lever-filler, 10.9 cm long, chrome plated trim, Tip Dip feed, fine and flexible nib offers excellent line contrast. Plating wear, strong imprints, fine but for incipient stress crack in shoulder of clip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
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