The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
The dating of quill knives and erasers is necessarily approximate, as the same basic forms often remained in production through much of the 19th century -- and in some cases, even into the 20th. The heyday of the quill was over by the middle of century, however, so most old quill cutting tools found are now over 150 years old.
14303: Butler quill knife: made in England, 16.1 cm long, well-marked on wood handle including government Stationery Office stamp, tip of blade chipped.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG* • $65
14310: Manual Tool Co. quill knife: Sheffield-made, 17.1 cm long, well-marked on blocky wooden handle with queen's crown and "S.O." (Stationery Office) above "45-12", with maker's name; half of original case present, blade sound with some minor edge nicks at the heel.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG • $75
14304: Rodgers quill knife: 16.3 cm long, blade marked "CUTLERS/TO HIS/MAJESTY" and "SHEFFIELD/ENGLAND" at the heel, "SIMPLEX" on flat; with home-made wooden blade cover.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $95
14305: unmarked quill knife: folder, 10.9 cm long closed, 15.4 cm open, characteristically French, wooden handle with nickel silver fittings, name lightly scratched onto sides (not readily visible without raking light). Blade snaps open and closed, but only quite loosely, with sideways play as well.
DATE: c. 1840 • CONDITION: G • $120
14306: unmarked quill knife: slide-action, 11.6 cm long retracted, 16.1 cm extended, French manufacture, some damage to the handle but mechanically sound with a sharp and well-shaped blade.
DATE: c. 1850 • CONDITION: G* • $120
14302: unmarked ink eraser: 13.4 cm long, wood handle with fishtail end, double-edged spearhead blade.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: G • $45
14309: unmarked quill knife: light flat wooden handle, 17 cm long, sharp thin flat-ground blade, small chip from tip, handle marked "P.L.M", also small chip at end.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine* • $
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14254: A. A. Waterman twist-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap, rare and desirable hand-chased high-relief gold filled overlay, 14.25 cm long; #3 Modern New York nib has lost its tipping and has the beginning of a stress hairline extending from the right side of the vent hole. Condition is otherwise excellent -- a spectacular pen, with patent dates of 1899 and 1903.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium fine • $2450
14278: Eversharp injector pencil: unusual export model, full-length in black, 13.3 cm long, gold filled trim, wide barrel band with French hallmark.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • $60
14268: Parker 25 Click-Filler: extremely rare oversize hard rubber slip-cap self-filler, Parker's first (patent number 791,466); 15.3 cm long, good barrel imprint, #5 Lucky Curve nib has been retipped and is a wet and flexible writer, cap is an excellent replacement, an exact copy of an original example and indistinguishable without internal inspection. To fill, push front of nickel plated pressure bar with fingernail to unlock while depressing rear protrusion to flatten sac; pull same protrusion back to allow sac to reinflate and to relock the pressure bar with a "click". #5 was the largest size sold, and rarely seen.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium-broad flex • $1500
14289: Parker Vacumatic Major: black laminate, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, strong barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, matching date code on nib, fine barrel transparency.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $165
14288: Parker Vacumatic Major: unusual Canadian-made blue pearl laminate, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, clip of typically Canadian form with high Blue Diamond; bold deep barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code, matching date code on two-tone Arrow nib, notable barrel transparency.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $265
14290: Parker Duofold Maxima: oversize black Aerometric filler, 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim, made in England, large Arrow nib is a smooth writer; barrel imprint is worn but legible with 2nd quarter date code, replacement sac is opaque rather than transparent.
DATE: 1956 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • $165
14265: Sheaffer Snorkel Signature: late version dark burgundy pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, colored section, 14K solid gold cap band, two-tone M5 conical Triumph nib is a very smooth and wet writer; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead. Both are like new with gold bands engraved with a facsimile signature, pencil eraser unused, box includes foil clip tags and display card, instructions. An uncommon set in an uncommon color no trace of ink inside cap, overall appearance like new; solid gold trim is much less common on Snorkels in colors other than black, and this example is doubly uncommon, inasmuch as it is the much less common later and deeper burgundy.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $295
14266: Sheaffer Snorkel Triumph: pneumatic-filler, gold filled cap and barrel, 14.1 cm long, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph M5 nib is smooth and wet with just a bit of flex; crisp and like new with nib grade sticker on section, one tiny and easily overlooked bump right above the White Dot.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium • $295
14280: Wahl-Eversharp pencil: green gold filled ringtop in "Dart" pattern, 10.4 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; crisp with no brassing, but scratches to the surface (see details).
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine* • $40
14276: Wahl-Eversharp Coronet injector pencil: uncommon Art Deco classic in rhodium plate, 13.1 cm long, black inlaid celluloid trim, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • $120
14267: Waterman 622 in box: black hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper, 14.3 cm long, barrel with nicely colored pearl slabs; gold filled barrel bands, long-tailed early Spoon Feed. Nib has early imprint, tipping on one side is partially chipped, catches paper. Good cap imprint with 1884 patent dates, no globe, moderate even fading, box hinge loose. Ex-Tefft collection.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1250
14274: Waterman lever-filler set in box: red with chrome plated trim, 13.2 cm long, #5A nib, matching injector pencil uses .9 mm lead. Unused, slight age roughness to plating at rim of pen cap mouth.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine firm • $115
14273: Waterman Taperite set in box: economy-line model in black with chrome trim, hooded stainless steel nib, matching twist-action pencil uses .9 mm lead; both pieces retain original barrel stickers, box comes with outer sleeve and instructions. Original sac has not been replaced, can be replaced upon request.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $115
14272: Waterman Taperite set in box: economy-line model in red with chrome trim, hooded stainless steel nib, matching twist-action pencil uses .9 mm lead; both pieces retain original barrel stickers, box comes with outer sleeve and instructions. Original sac has not been replaced, can be replaced upon request.
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $115
14271: Waterman C/F: black cartridge-filler, chrome cap, gold plated clip, made in USA, stainless inlaid nib marked "44" writes a nicely shaded line; has been filled but retains chalk marks on barrel. Box has paperwork and four unused cartridges, which are dried out but which can be refilled with a syringe.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $85
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