The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
The late 1920s and early 1930s were the apogee of American fountain pen design, with some of the most iconic designs from Wahl Eversharp. This group is small but select. The later 1920s saw the triumph of colorful celluloids in the market, so while we can now appreciate the formal elegance of glossy black chased hard rubber, it was seen as old fashioned at the time -- making it one of the least-chosen material options of the Gold Seal line, and truly rare today in top condition.
15625: Wahl-Eversharp Signature: smooth red hard rubber lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim with roller clip, Wahl #3 nib has only scant iridium but is a notably good writer with smooth and easy flexibility. Barrel mouth crack has been repaired nearly invisibly -- there are usage scratches on the barrel that are far more visible -- and the mouth is now lined with aluminum.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • $450
15612: Wahl-Eversharp Signature: oversize jade flat-top lever-filler, 14.4 cm long, gold filled trim, roller clip, largest pre-Gold Seal model and markedly longer than its successor, the oversize "Deco Band". Massive #6 Wahl nib is firm but smooth, trim is unbrassed and cap imprint is crisp. Cap color is excellent, barrel has moderate even discoloration.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine firm • $650
15623: Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal set: rare black chased hard rubber oversize lever-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, roller clip, Personal Point nib unit with manifold nib; made in Canada, while the matching pencil is Chicago production. The pen came to us with an old replacement "WAHL EVERSHARP"-marked clip matching the long clip on the pencil, though a wear spot showed that the original clip was the shorter "WAHL" clip used earlier in Deco Band production. We have installed an original early-style clip, though it is USA production and can move slightly from side to side. Hard rubber is very unusual in this series, as buyers strongly preferred the colorful celluloid options at the time.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine firm • $1250
15615: Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal set in box: full size lever-filler in Greek key chased black hard rubber, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim with roller clip, section has screw-in Personal Point nib unit, nib is responsive and flexible. Pen as new, appears never to have been filled (see photo showing original sac found inside) matching pencil shows light usage, nick in top edge and bump to adjacent trim ring (see details). Uncommon material for this model, truly rare in such pristine condition.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $850
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15624: Conklin pencil in box: gold filled, crisp chevron pattern engine turning, 13.5 cm long, new but for a spot of corrosion at the very tip; uses 1.1 mm lead, imprint with 1920 patent date.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: near mint • $110
15603: Mordan three-color pencil: unusually large sterling silver ringtop, 10.2 cm long retracted, 11.9 cm extended, some minor bruises to colored enamel on sliders, nozzles marked "W", use 2.0 mm lead. Only blue nozzle propels lead properly, other two need attention to internal mechanisms. Overall condition otherwise fine or better.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $465
15604: Mordan writing compendium: sterling silver, barleycorn pattern, 7.55 cm long closed, sliders extend dip pen, pencil, and silver paper knife. Pencil nozzle takes 1.5 mm VS lead, maker's mark on knife blade, an unusual form in notably clean condition.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $695
15605: Mordan three-color pencil: large sterling silver twist-pattern ringtop, 7.15 cm long closed, 9.4 cm extended. Most unusually, the maker's mark is placed under the red transparent enamel of one of the color-coded sliders. Nozzles marked "W", take 2.0 mm lead. One small ding towards the front of the barrel (see detail).
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • $450
15638: Parker Duofold Senior: classic oversize "Big Red" button-filler, single raised cap band, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, small Lucky Curve barrel imprint, spearhead feed, massive Duofold nib has semistub tip. Nice clean example, one small scratch on cap band (see detail).
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium • $495
15610: Parker Duofold ink: new old stock 2 oz. bottle with box, ink dried out, some storage wear overall. A very scarce bottle in any condition.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • $165
15585: Parker Vacumatic Major: early long single-jewel in golden pearl laminate, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, 1st quarter 1942 date code on both barrel imprint and nib, good example of anomalous early wartime production with two-tone nib, filler with plastic and plated metal instead of aluminum parts, sterling silver breather tube. Clip without Blue Diamond is also likely original, as the pen came to us long untouched. Fine barrel transparency, trim excellent, some plating wear on nib.
DATE: 1942 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $285
15591: Parker VS: red-brown button-filler, frosty Lustraloy cap with polished rim band, chrome plated clip, clear Lucite comb feed, bold barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, stickers on barrel; original synthetic sac has not been replaced but appears to be sound. A distinctive short-lived model.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $205
15595: Parker 61 Custom ballpoint: "Rage Red", later USA production, 13.4 cm long, 1/10 12K gold filled cap with grouped parallel lines pattern, no halo logo. Uses standard Parker refills, original price sticker on barrel, as new but for slight rub marks from cap operation.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: near mint • $95
15577: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, solid vermeil end buttons, short-feathered arrow clip, section with nib angle indicator marks; 14K US-made "M" nib; cap marked "STERLING/SILVER", early large metal squeeze-filler convertor has a freshly-replaced transparent PVC sac.
DATE: c. 1971 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $285
15640: Parker 75 in box: vermeil grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, 14K gold over solid sterling silver, marked "STERLING VERMEIL CAP & BARREL"; dished ends, section with angle indicator and center "0", French 18K #94 nib is a notable factory italic, sharp-edged but smooth, later piston-action converter included.
DATE: c. 1974 • CONDITION: near mint • $395
15642: Sheaffer Lifetime Sentinel DeLuxe triple set in box: large black lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, brushed stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, White Dot at end of barrel, big two-tone conical Triumph nib, section with ink window. Matching twist-action pencil uses .9 mm lead, ballpoint retains original refill (replacements no longer made but adaptors are available). This first model of the Sentinel was only produced for around a year, as the cap was changed to a bright polished finish in 1948.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine firm • $295
15584: Waterman 412: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, early pattern .999 fine silver Art Nouveau filigree overlay, 13 cm long, early narrow feed, matching narrow New York nib; overlay imprints worn, with traces of 1884 patent dates on barrel along with the fine silver stamp. Hard rubber has been reblackened, even wear, no damage, cap posts securely on barrel but possibly further than originally due to barrel wear.
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium • $785
15620: unmarked Arm & Hammer advertising glass dip pen in holder: clear glass, 12.9 cm long, hollow handle with printed paper insert sealed inside. Tip is chipped but can still be used (though only if held at certain angles), case is blow-molded hard rubber and resembles a large fountain pen, prominently imprinted "ARM & HAMMER BRAND SODA PEN" and "COMPLIMENTS OF CHURCH & CO.".
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine • $125
15581: unmarked novelty stylographic pen: large brown hard rubber eyedropper-filler in the form of an artillery shell, 10.95 cm long, sprung needle is intact, no sign of the pen ever having been filled. Tool marks to section, however, especially to the milled flange (see details). Red-brown color is original, not faded black, likely made in England.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine • $195
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