The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Waterman is surely our favorite maker, and this selection spans their heyday of the first decades of the 20th century.
14890: Waterman 13: scarce #3-size mottled hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, early form with domical ends, #3 New York nib imprint also early with circular layout; crisp patent imprints on feed, strong barrel imprint with 1884 patent dates.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $450
14933: Waterman pencil: large, woodgrain hard rubber, 14.05 cm long, gold filled trim, would match 55 or 56 fountain pen; interesting imprint "10TH ANNIVERSARY/WALTERS RUBBER CO. INC./1916-1926". Imprint with 1924 patent date, uses 1.1mm lead, clip ball has been somewhat awkwardly reattached, barrel band has wear and marks, tip of hard rubber nose cone has been slightly shortened, does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: G-VG* • $80
14932: Waterman 52: red and black woodgrain hard rubber lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim, long-tined nib opens easily for dramatic line width variation; fine imprints and color, but clip plating has flaking losses (see details), appearance otherwise excellent -- and a notable writer.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
14935: Waterman 52½V: black hard rubber clipless vest pocket lever-filler, 11.1 cm long, seven-sided 9K solid gold London-hallmarked engine turned overlay with enamel-inlaid perpetual calendar. Initials "P.S" engraved on cap top, date letter for 1930/31. A very rare and characteristically English model in notably clean condition.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: broad oblique • $2950
15011: Waterman JiF glass-cartridge pen: scarce high Art Deco classic, made in France, black celluloid with full sterling silver overlay, 12.5 cm long, includes original (empty) glass cartridge, can be refilled with syringe and reused indefinitely; Waterman 18K gold #2 nib is responsive and flexible. A few small dings and a patch of wear to the barrel engine turning, overall appearance is excellent and condition is far better than the norm for this iconic model.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
15019: Waterman Commando: black celluloid lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, gold filled over silver war-era trim, smooth-writing #5 nib, responsive medium flex with semistub tip; strong barrel imprint, clean trim plating.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • SOLD
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15096: Aikin Lambert sleeve-filler: black hard rubber self-filler, gold filled overlay, 13.6 cm long, barrel sleeve rotates to provide access to pressure bar (Waterman's first sleeve-filler patent of 1905, but used only on subbrand pens and Aikin Lamberts, after Waterman's takeover of Aikin Lambert c. 1907); #3 nib is very flexible, noting the beginnings of a stress crack from the vent hole (see detail). Elegantly engraved monogram on sleeve, very clean with only trace brassing at the edge of the cap top, a high quality pen with an unusual filling mechanism and excellent overall appearance, especially uncommon with a plain smooth overlay.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $865
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
15082: Aurora 88P in box: black piston-filler, gold plated cap and trim, 13.4 cm long; barrel ink window transparency as new, seals replaced; late production with no serial number. Marks on right tine of nib do not affect function, appear to be from use of pliers for nib adjustment. With box, outer sleeve, and guarantee certificate.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $275
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
15091: Eagle glass cartridge pen: nickel-plated brass, 12.1 cm long, cable twist pattern, one of the earliest cartridge pens made; barrel is fully imprinted with patent date of 1890; untipped plated brass nib, glass cartridge is fully intact with original cork plug still in place. Rubber section seal is hardened, can be used with a cut off Sheaffer plastic cartridge if desired. New old stock, unused but some handling or age wear to the plating in spots.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $120
15090: Faber dip pen: aluminum with bold twist pattern, blue painted wood taper, 14 cm long excluding brass nib, taper marked "E. Faber" and "PAT.DEC 1.1891". Scattered marks and spots of paint loss, otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $80
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
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
15083: Pelikan 450 repeater pencil: green pearl stripes and black, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, early thick-barreled model, first version with eraserless end button, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: exc • $125
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
15087: Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant: green pneumatic-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph nib; very crisp imprint, unusually fine nib is a precise writer. Mysterious light imprint "VOGT" at end of barrel next to filler knob.
DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $145
15085: Sheaffer Snorkel Special: green pneumatic-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, open palladium-silver M6 nib; new old stock, no price tag or box but original nib grade sticker, seals have been replaced.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $120
15084: Sheaffer Snorkel Valiant set in box: scarce and desirable Peacock Blue pneumatic-filler (a vivid aqua blue, not to be confused with the earlier and much more common Pastel Blue), 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical nib marked lightly "F5". Unused with original nib grade sticker, original seals and sac have not been replaced, appear to be sound but not guaranteed for use. Matching pencil uses .9 mm lead, both pieces have original metal foil clip tags, the pen's tag with some damage (see details).
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine • $350
15089: Wahl lever-filler: early production black hard rubber ringtop, 9.5 cm long, full gold filled overlay, "Grecian Border' pattern, side of the lever is imprinted with the patent date for the sprung pressure bar used for a short time under licence from Sheaffer; overlay marked only "18 1/8" -- also an early feature held over from Boston and Tempoint manufacture -- nib grind slightly irregular on top of tip, still an excellent and responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $205
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
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