The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Silver-grey pearl celluloid must be one of the most beautiful pen materials, though being understated it often escapes special notice. In the 1930s Parker used it primarily on second-line models, such as the classic button-filling Challenger.
14704: Parker Challenger: silver-grey pearl and black marbled button-filler, 12.9 cm long, chrome plated trim, good barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, matching code on nib, a notably smooth writer.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • SOLD
14725: Parker button-filler: silver grey pearl and black marbled, 12.15 cm long, chrome plated trim, uncommon Depression-era model, like a Challenger but fancier, with colored ends and three narrow cap bands; good barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, matching code on nib.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium firm • $125
14706: Parker Challenger: silver-grey pearl and black marbled button-filler, 13 cm long, chrome plated trim, good barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, matching code on nib, a bold and wet writer.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium broad • SOLD
14663: Parker button-filler set: silver grey pearl and black marbled, 12 cm long, chrome plated trim, Depression-era model like a Challenger but with three narrow cap bands and generic Parker barrel imprint. Most unusually, the imprint on the pen is upside down; the date code is 1st quarter, while the matching pencil's is 3rd quarter ; good barrel imprint with 2nd quarter date code, matching code on nib.
DATE: 1939 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $225
14653: Parker Challenger: silver-grey pearl and black marbled button-filler, 13.1 cm long, chrome plated trim, section with ink window, bold imprint with 4th quarter date code, nib is of correct form and markings, but is slightly early with a 1938 date code.
DATE: 1940 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $165
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14804: Cross magic pencil: gold filled ringtop, 6.2 cm long closed, 11.6 cm extended, fully marked, uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead, propels and retracts.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • $105
14790: Esterbrook J: black lever-filler, 12.4 cm long, stainless steel trim, earlier production with flat barrel end, round screw-in cap jewel; contemporary #2668 nib unit with flat-bottomed feed, writes a nicely shaded line.
DATE: c. 1947 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $85
14799: Esterbrook M2: dark blue squeeze-filler, 13.4 cm long, finely-ribbed chrome cap, smooth clip, Esterbrook imprints on cap rim and barrel, #2556 nib unit; original black rubber sac has been replaced with a transparent PVC sac.
DATE: c. 1957 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $50
14803: Esterbrook M2: red squeeze-filler, 13.45 cm long, finely-ribbed chrome cap, Esterbook-imprinted clip and barrel, smooth #9556 nib unit; original black rubber sac has been replaced with a transparent PVC sac. Excellent but for a crack in the cap (liner is intact, so does not affect function).
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium • $45
14801: Esterbrook CA101: black cartridge-filler, 13.25 cm long, stainless steel trim, #1555 Gregg nib unit, comes with new modern piston-style converter.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine • $50
14802: Esterbrook Safari: black cartridge-filler, 13.75 cm long, chrome plated cap and trim, #2668 nib, flamboyant barrel personalization, patch of plating loss next to end of clip (see detail). Comes with two empty Esterbrook cartridges, which can be refilled and reused.
DATE: c. 1960 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium • $40
14794: Eversharp pencil: rare early production model with trowel clip, predating Wahl's takeover; 13.2 cm long, nickel plated/nickel silver, smooth pattern; marked "PATENTED" and "EVER SHARP"; even wear, no dings, fully functional, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG • $120
14792: Parker Raven: late production slender black streamline button-filler, 12.5 cm long, gold filled trim with unusual wide solid 14K gold cap band; celluloid ends, Vac-style comb feed with "A" imprint, logical configuration given the clear 2nd quarter 1944 date code on the barrel, even though the pen would otherwise appear to be from the early 1930s. Nib is a notably smooth writer, can flex with pressure but does not open predictably -- really made for responsive feel rather than line width variation.
DATE: 1944 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine • $265
14806: Sheaffer 3-25: jade green ringtop lever-filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled trim, typical discoloration, slight heat distortion to top of cap, noteworthy nib has great paper feel, smooth and sharp-edged for an effortlessly calligraphic shaded line.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine italic • $125
14824: Sheaffer desk pens in box: five (5) brown No. 3 lever-fillers, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim, new old stock with original stickers and nib protectors, as shipped from the factory to a dealer. Originally six pens in the box, which has been roughly opened but is a rare survivor. Sacs have not been replaced, are still soft though not to be relied upon.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $250
14812: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel set in box: first-year burgundy pneumatic-filler, 14 cm long, stainless steel cap, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph nib with narrow skirt, 14K solid gold Snorkel tube; matching pencil uses .9 mm lead, appears to have been used more than the pen. Early box and instructions dated October 1952, refer to the new pen not as a Snorkel but as the "TM* with the Snorkel".
DATE: c. 1952 • CONDITION: near mint/fine-exc • NIB: broad • $275
14815: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman set in box: grey pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, palladium-silver alloy conical Triumph M4 nib. Pen is in excellent condition, matching .9 mm pencil has been used more and has a scratch at the front of the barrel and a small stress line from the clip mount (see details).
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: exc/fine • NIB: broad • $175
14813: Sheaffer Snorkel Sentinel: burgundy pneumatic-filler, 14.1 cm long, stainless cap, gold filled trim, White Dot, two-tone conical Triumph F5 nib.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $145
14817: Tiffany dip pen: beautiful sterling silver holder, 16.7 cm long excluding steel nib, with finely-chased floral decoration with acanthus-bordered rings; fully marked, top-quality work, not to be confused with run-of-the-mill Tiffany-marked pens made by lesser subcontractors. Even wear, scattered shallow marks to the nib holder.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $695
14805: Wahl-Eversharp Match Thin pencil: smooth silver-plated miniature ringtop, 7.85 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, short-lived and scarce model, with the silver version especially uncommon, appearing only in the 1924 catalog. Also sold as the "Tiny Eversharp". Appears to be new old stock, came to us with remains of original clear lacquer protective coating, now cleaned off.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: near mint • $95
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