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Though our primary focus is vintage and antique writing equipment, we do sell more recent items. Our post-1975 offerings are listed below, with further listings on our Specials page. We are known for our careful restoration work on older pens, including nib adjustment and smoothing. We provide the same attention to our modern offerings, so you can be sure that all pens listed below with writing samples have had their nibs professionally checked and tuned.


13947: Ancora 80th Anniversary Grand Complication Silver Demonstrator in box: limited edition of only 33, transparent with complex retracting nib mechanism, sterling silver trim, 14.8 cm long, 18K white-plated nib, in elaborate transparent display box with all accessories and papers, outer box.

DATE: 1999 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2500

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13949: Ancora Cielo demonstrator in box: limited edition of 500, large transparent pale blue piston-filler, 14.4 cm long, gold-plated sterling silver vermeil trim, 18K gold nib; original packaging includes ink bottle, no outer sleeve.

DATE: 1998 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $650

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13948: Ancora demonstrator in box: limited edition of 200, large transparent green piston-filler, 14.8 cm long, gold-plated sterling silver vermeil trim, 18K gold nib; original packaging including outer sleeve.

DATE: c. 1998 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $795

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13958: Ancora Raphael demonstrator in box: limited edition of 88, oversize transparent piston-filler, 13.75 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K gold nib, in large elegant wooden box, with outer cardboard box; new and unfilled, noting some age deterioration to the synthetic lining of the box.

DATE: 2010 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $695

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13951: Aurora Carlo Goldoni in box: limited edition of 1793, piston filler with engine turned sterling silver cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K gold nib; boxed with papers.

DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $850

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13885: Aurora Optima 75th Anniversary in box: limited edition of 7500, red marbled piston-filler, 12.5 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K nib, boxed with all paperwork, special ink bottle; crease in cover of instructions (standard booklet, not special to this edition).

DATE: 1994 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $650

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13956: Aurora Optima demonstrator in box: limited edition of 1936, transparent piston-filler, 12.7 cm long, chrome plated trim, 18K gold nib, with all original packaging; internal stress marks visible in the barrel around the filler unit (see detail), do not affect function, may be covered under Aurora's guarantee.

DATE: c. 2008 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine • $500

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13960: Aurora Optima Sketch Pencil demonstrator in box: limited edition of 936, transparent clutch-action thick (5.6 mm) lead holder, 11 cm long, chrome plated trim, 18K gold nib, with all original packaging including transparent desk base and leather carrier; has been lightly used, but appearance as new noting internal stress marks visible in the barrel (see detail), which do not affect function, may be covered under Aurora's guarantee.

DATE: c. 2008 • CONDITION: near mint* • $350

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13950: Aurora Sole set in box: limited edition of 7500, orange marbled piston-filler, 12.7 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K nib, with ballpoint pen, all matching numbers; boxed with special ink bottle.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $850

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13900: Bexley Blue Sky set in boxes: limited edition of only 100 fountain pens and 50 Multi-Max sets, exclusively for Regina Martini; matching numbers, transparent pale blue with silver streaks, fountain pen is 13.3 cm long, piston-filler with 18K white gold nib, solid 6K white gold clip and matching trim, Multi-Max can use thick graphite, ballpoint, or highlighter refills. All boxed, with instructions.

DATE: 2004 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $650

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13250: Cartier d'Exception ballpoint with watch in box: limited edition of only 2000 pieces, grey lacquer with platinum finish, mother of pearl dial, full packaging including outer box, matching numbered certificate, other accessories. Watch may require battery replacement.

DATE: c. 2006 • CONDITION: mint • $1800

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11872: D. J. Kennedy pencil: Morrison (?) pencil with rhodium-plated sterling silver overlay from the 1930s, elaborated upon in gold and cast silver, including two snakes, a scimitar, and a mermaid; in contrast to the metal pens Kennedy sold through Neiman Marcus, pens and pencils of this kind were typically given or traded to D.J.'s friends in the pen collecting community. Unsigned, missing a cabochon.

DATE: c. 1996 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $275

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13896: Montblanc 166 document marker: oversize, black with gold plated trim, 14.5 cm long.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: exc • $225

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12693: Montblanc 75th Anniversary 161 ballpoint in box: hard to find limited edition, very low number 83 of only 1924 pieces, rose gold trim, inlaid diamond above clip, mother of pearl star; condition perfect, but in a regular Montblanc box, not original limited edition packaging.

DATE: 1999 • CONDITION: near mint • $950

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13942: Montblanc Agatha Christie: limited edition of 30,000 fountain pens, black piston-filler with sterling silver trim, all original packaging, broad stublike nib.

DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad • $2200

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13941: Montblanc Agatha Christie: limited edition of 30,000 fountain pens, black piston-filler with sterling silver trim, all original packaging.

DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $1995

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12747: Montblanc Alexandre Dumas set: complete three-piece limited edition ensemble with matching serial numbers, fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil; only 5000 sets made, plus this is the first version with the wrong signature (the son's rather than the father's) which was recalled, making it doubly scarce. Perfect unused condition, but no boxes or papers.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2000

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13939: Montblanc Franz Kafka ballpoint: limited edition of 12,000 pieces plus 4,500 sets; as new, noting rubs to a couple of the book-shaped box's corners, no outer sleeve.

DATE: 2004 • CONDITION: mint • $500

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13932: Montblanc Louis XIV: limited edition of 4810 pieces, original packaging minus white outer sleeve.

DATE: 1994 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2250

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13940: Montblanc Octavian: limited edition of 4810 pieces, lightly used, with all original packaging.

DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $2950

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13934: Montblanc Oscar Wilde: limited edition of 20,000. Original packaging, box has not been opened, seals are unbroken.

DATE: 1994 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $1250

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13918: Montblanc Oscar Wilde set: complete three-piece limited edition ensemble (only 5000 made) comprising fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil. Original packaging, box has not been opened, seals are unbroken.

DATE: 1994 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2500

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13936: Montblanc Prince Regent: limited edition of 4810 pieces, unopened package with shrink-wrapping intact.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2600

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13920: Montblanc Prince Regent: limited edition of 4810 pieces, complete with all original packaging.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2500

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13937: Montblanc Prince Regent: limited edition of 4810 pieces, unusually low number; complete with all original packaging except outer sleeve.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2600

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13938: Montblanc Prince Regent: limited edition of 4810 pieces, unopened package with shrink-wrapping intact.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2600

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13935: Montblanc Semiramis: limited edition of 4810 pieces, unopened package with shrink-wrapping intact.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2600

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13917: Montblanc Voltaire set: complete three-piece limited edition ensemble (only 5000 made) comprising fountain pen, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil. Original packaging, box has not been opened, seals are unbroken.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $2200

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12600: Namiki Bald Eagle: Yukari maki-e series, number 90 out of a limited edition of 700, 18K gold #10 nib, Japanese medium, complete with all original packaging including matching inkwell with eagle cap, inner lacquered box, gold-dusted outer box, and all paperwork, all in pristine condition.

DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $2650

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13959: OMAS 360 Vintage in box: limited edition of 360 pieces, transparent blue piston-filler, 15 cm long, rose gold plated trim, 18K nib; mint in box with ink bottle, all papers, outer sleeve, the first of OMAS's 360 Vintage series; two available.

DATE: 2011 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $1200

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13867: OMAS 360 Vision in box: limiited edition (1000 fountain pens) transparent cotton resin piston-filler, 15 cm long, rhodium-plated trim, 18K nib, has been filled but as new, only sign of ink exposure is on the screw head inside the cap.

DATE: c. 2003 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $895

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13868: OMAS Cristoforo Colombo II in box: limited edition, faceted briarwood piston-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold plated trim, two-tone 18K nib, with inner and outer boxes, instructions and semicircular papers. Tiny abraded rough spot on nib immediately behind tip (see detail).

DATE: 1992 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine • $950

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13964: OMAS Marconi 100 Anni di Radio in box: limited edition of 340, 18K solid gold cap and barrel, 13.8 cm long, with all original packaging. Over 55 grams of 18K gold in this pen, original retail price was $4800.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $2500

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13965: OMAS Marconi 100 Anni di Radio in box: limited edition of 154 pieces, charcoal grey with rolled gold banding, 13.8 cm long, 18K gold nib, very scarce version dedicated to the Italian Navy cruiser Carlo Alberto, used by Marconi for his early radio experiments; with all original packaging.

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $1600

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13963: OMAS Marconi 100 Anni di Radio in box: limited edition of 2800 pieces, sterling silver with rolled gold trim, 13.8 cm long, 18K gold nib; with all original packaging, some warpage to box (see details).

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: fine • $950

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13666: OMAS Paragon: large black facetted piston-filler, 14.2 cm long, rhodium plated trim, roller clip, 18K white gold nib is a smooth writer; a few scratches on the cap, some plating wear.

DATE: c. 1995 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $400

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13522: Parker 180: textured red prototype finish, gold plated trim, "UC" date code, triangular nib marked only "F" on feed.

DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $450

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12350: Parker 180: prototype smooth frosted finish, appears to be aluminum, gold plated trim, Brazilian manufacture; stainless steel two-way nib, feed marked "F". Name and date engraved on barrel, pen has been inked and there are a couple of fleabites to the ends, but overall like new.

DATE: c. 1982 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $300

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12586: Parker 180: gold-plated basketweave pattern, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; some roughness to plating of collar at end of section, otherwise as new; includes convertor.

DATE: c. 1982 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $250

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11670: Parker 180: gold-plated basketweave pattern, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; some usage marks at ends, includes convertor.

DATE: c. 1985 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $195

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13926: Parker 180 Écorce: gold plated, simulated bark finish engine turning, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; two-way triangular gold nib, feed marked "X/M", writes extra-fine on one side, medium on the other; appears to be new old stock, no packaging.

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $265

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14021: Parker 180 Black Pearl: rare and beautiful lustrous gunmetal finish, gold plated trim, "UE" date code, no indication of country of origin (presumably USA), two-way nib with feed marked "X/M"; as new, no packaging.

DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $495

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7552: Parker 180 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, US-made, includes Aerometric-style slender convertor, 14K gold two-way triangular nib (offers two nib grades in one, with a thinner line when the nib is used inverted); new old stock with original clip tag, several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad/fine • $150

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12308: Parker 180 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, US-made, includes Aerometric-style slender convertor; later production with "M" designation only on stainless steel triangular nib, metal-covered overfeed; pen appears unused, but no packaging or price tags.

DATE: c. 1984 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $165

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7357: Parker 180 Guirland: gold-plated, made in France, two-way flat gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; one of the less common patterns of one of Parker's lower-production pens; new old stock, includes convertor.

DATE: c. 1982 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $250

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14022: Parker 180 Laque: early French production pen with Chinese character signature on back of cap, especially scarce in plain dark blue lacquer finish; gold plated trim, 14K triangular X/M two-way nib, writes medium on one side, extra-fine on the other; uses cartridges or convertor (included), some minor chips to the lacquer (see details).

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $250

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11547: Parker 180 Laque: beautiful "Lapis" lacquer finish, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; triangular 14K gold nib, feed marked "X/M"; no date code.

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium/extra-fine • $275

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11551: Parker 180 Laque: beautiful "Thuya" lacquer finish, uses cartridge or convertor (included), made in France; hallmarked triangular 14K gold nib, feed marked "F"; "UI" date code.

DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine/extra-fine • $250

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13194: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band with roped edges, 13.1 cm long, designed by Emilio Pucci. Made in USA, takes standard Parker refills; as new, with original leatherette case but no other packaging.

DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: mint • $125

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13195: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band with roped edges, 13.1 cm long, designed by Emilio Pucci. Made in USA, takes standard Parker refills; with original leatherette case.

DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $105

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13192: Parker 180 Ms. Parker rollerball: brushed stainless steel with gold plated trim, bold barrel band with roped edges, 13.1 cm long, date code "QC", designed by Emilio Pucci. Made in USA, takes standard Parker refills; as new, with original leatherette case but no other packaging.

DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $125

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14023: Parker 180 Retirement Pen: special model, never sold to the public, for presentation to retiring Parker employees; finish is similar to that of the RMS Queen Elizabeth limited edition, stippled gold plated bronze with gold plated trim, cap plaque with facsimile signature of George Parker. Includes converter, appears unused, cap band with usual engraving of recipient's name (Roy L. Coyle, who retired at the end of May 1978 after 25 years of service).

DATE: c. 1978 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: extra-fine/medium • $650

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13521: Parker 35: attractive speckled blue prototype lacquer finish, gold plated trim, made in France, "YE" date code, 18K nib, slender metal squeeze-filling converter; flat barrel tassie is typical of Flighters, not of standard production Laque series 35s.

DATE: 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $600

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13379: Parker 45 Harlequin: "Circlet" pattern, brushed stainless steel, chrome plated trim, 13.5 cm long, made in England, date code "QI", correct steel nib, feed marked "M", includes converter; as new, no packaging.

DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $135

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14198: Parker 4-color Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long with tip out, 13.6 with tip in, gold plated trim, 45-style clip; uncommon model, made in Germany, color selected by holding pen level with matching colored arrow upwards when operating cap mechanism; uses standard mini refills, as new.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: near mint • $195

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13391: Parker 4-color Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long with tip out, 13.6 with tip in, gold plated trim, 45-style clip; uncommon model, made in Germany, color selected by holding pen level with matching colored arrow upwards when operating cap mechanism; uses standard mini refills. Clip mark on cap, otherwise like new.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: exc • $175

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12630: Parker 85 Florence set: short-lived and scarce high-end 75 derivative, 13.5 cm long, gold plated, made in France, 14K French-hallmarked nib, matching rollerball comes with adaptor to use ballpoint refills; a few light marks on the back of the fountain pen's cap, flake of plating loss on bottom end of rollerball, otherwise near mint. Both pieces very solid and hefty.

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium • $450

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12825: Parker Duofold Centennial set in box: early production set in black, made in UK; fountain pen has "IN" date code, ballpoint has "IE"; pen has been dip-tested. Packaging is later, for a different Duofold model.

DATE: 1988/89 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: medium • $525

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13858: Parker Duofold Douglas MacArthur in box: limited edition of 1945 pens, Centennial size, cartridge or converter (included); in box with guarantee and all packaging including outer shipping box; one small dig to box top (see detail).

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $1100

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12564: Parker Duofold International set in box: green marble, cartridge/converter (converter included), 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, made in England, notable factory italic nib came to us very scratchy, has been tuned and smoothed, now wonderfully calligraphic; pen has 1st quarter 1996 date code, matching 0.7 mm pencil has slightly later "E" date code. In original inner and outer boxes, with guarantee and instructions.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-broad italic • $695

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13860: Parker Duofold Mandarin Yellow in box: limited edition of 10,000 pens, Centennial size, 18K nib, cartridge or converter (included); in box with guarantee and all packaging, matching numbers; minor crease on bottom part of inner box (see details).

DATE: 1995 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $950

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6567: Parker Israel's 50th Duofold Centennial: numbered limited edition of only 500 pieces, in a cherrywood box with inset bronze commemorative medal with matching number; complete with all original packaging and paperwork; we were fortunate enough to acquire a small cache of these very scarce Duofolds, including some with sequential numbers.

DATE: 1998 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $795

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13871: Parker Jotter demonstrator: transparent ballpoint, brushed stainless steel cap, gold plated trim, made in USA, "Y" date code, uses standard Parker refills, stress line at front of barrel does not affect function.

DATE: 1986 • CONDITION: exc* • $125

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13870: Parker Jotter demonstrator with injector pencil converter: transparent ballpoint, brushed stainless steel cap, chrome plated trim, made in England, "LI" date code, can be used with standard Parker ballpoint refills, or as a repeating pencil with included 1.0 mm drop-in converter.

DATE: 1983 • CONDITION: exc • $125

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12643: Parker Premier Chinese Laque set: fountain pen with speckled lacquer finish, gold plated trim, 13.5 cm long, onyx disks inset into ends; made in France, 18K French-hallmarked nib, section bears low "TD 4105" serial number imprint; as new, but no packaging, matching twist-action ballpoint uses standard Parker refills.

DATE: c. 1983 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad • $425

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10949: Parker Wood Pen: rare German-made limited edition cartridge/converter filler (slender metal-bodied squeeze-filler converter included), 14.3 cm long, gold plated trim, redwood cap and barrel, section band bears number 883, original sticker on back of cap. Cap is not made to post on the barrel end. Reportedly production of this pen was soon halted by Parker USA, well before the intended 2000 were made.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad semiflex • $750

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11980: Parker Wood Pen in box: rare German-made limited edition cartridge/converter filler (slender metal-bodied squeeze-filler converter included), 14.3 cm long, gold plated trim, cap and barrel in briar, section band bears number 904. Cap is not made to post on the barrel end. Reportedly production of this pen was halted by Parker USA before the intended 2000 were made. This is one of the less common of the eight different woods used, and is unusual in being accompanied by the special Wood Pen box, which appears to be made from redwood.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad • $985

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13914: Parker/Kullock 51 demonstrator: a customized transparent pen using modern acrylic with Parker parts from the 1940s; 13.8 cm long, chrome plated trim, modern metal clip jewel, nib is from a Parker 61.

DATE: c. 2000/1948 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $250

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13879: Pelikan K800 in box: transparent green "Green Ocean" Collector's Edition oversize ballpoint pen, 14.2 cm long with point extended, twist-action mechanism, gold plated trim, marked "GERMANY", with signed 1994-dated certification of number of limited edition (648 pens for North America)..

DATE: c. 1993 • CONDITION: mint • $365

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13865: Pelikan M800 Concerto in box: limited edition of 4000, oversize piston-filler, 14.1 cm long, blue with gold plated trim, unused with all original packaging.

DATE: 1996 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $995

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13881: Pelikan M800 demonstrator in box: transparent green "Green Ocean" Collector's Edition oversize piston-filler, 14.1 cm long, two-tone 18K nib, gold plated trim, marked "W. GERMANY", with signed 1995-dated certification of number of limited edition (3000 pens for North America)..

DATE: c. 1992 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $750

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13882: Pelikan M800 demonstrator in box: transparent green "Green Ocean" Collector's Edition oversize piston-filler, 14.1 cm long, two-tone 18K nib, gold plated trim, marked "GERMANY", with signed 1992-dated certification of number of limited edition (3000 pens for North America). No outer sleeve or barrel sticker, has been dipped but otherwise as new.

DATE: c. 1992 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $650

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13880: Pelikan M800 demonstrator in box: transparent green "Green Ocean" Collector's Edition oversize piston-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold plated trim, marked "W. GERMANY", with signed 1995-dated certification of number of limited edition (3000 pens for North America)..

DATE: c. 1992 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $750

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13866: Pelikan M800 demonstrator in box: transparent green "Green Ocean" Collector's Edition oversize piston-filler, 14.1 cm long, two-tone 18K nib, gold plated trim, marked "GERMANY", with signed 1992-dated certification of number of limited edition (3000 pens for North America). Has been dipped, no barrel sticker, but otherwise as new.

DATE: c. 1992 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • $695

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13861: Pelikan M800 demonstrator in box: oversize transparent piston-filler, special edition of approximately 3000 pieces, version with labeled parts; 14.1 cm long, gold plated trim, two-tone 18K nib, in box with all papers, mint and unfilled, minor wear to outer box wrapper.

DATE: 2008 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $1250

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13862: Pelikan M800 demonstrator in box: oversize transparent piston-filler, special edition of approximately 3000 pieces; 14.1 cm long, gold plated trim, two-tone 18K nib, in box with all papers, mint and unfilled, minor wear to outer box wrapper.

DATE: 2008 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $1200

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13864: Pelikan M810 Blue Ocean in box: oversize transparent blue piston-filler, gold plated trim, Pelikan's first limited edition, this example #4813 out of 5000, full packaging with matching numbers.

DATE: 1993 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $795

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13269: Pilot FD in box: black lacquer with signed maki-e decoration of phoenix, 13.2 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K nib, squeeze-filler converter included; new old stock in box with outer sleeve.

DATE: 1979 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $295

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13266: Pilot FD in box: black lacquer with signed maki-e decoration of plum blossoms, 13.4 cm long, gold plated trim, 14K nib, squeeze-filler converter included; new old stock in box.

DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $295

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13246: Pilot Grandee in box: smooth sterling silver cartridge-filler, 13.3 cm long, squeeze converter included, 14K white gold nib, in Art Craft box with instructions, spare ink cartridge, outer sleeve; new old stock, light tarnish.

DATE: 1991 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $225

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12854: Platinum Sharp commemorative Ever Sharp pencil in box: specially made for the Sharp Electronics Corporation, to commemorate one of founder Hayakawa Tokuji's first products; injector pencil uses .5 mm lead, chrome plated trim with applied spiral pattern; in gift-wrapped original packaging.

DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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9829: Sheaffer Imperial pencil: sterling silver, 12.7 cm long, crosshatch pattern, gold plated trim, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead; new old stock, several available, original price stickers on back may vary from that shown in photo.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $85

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8076: Sheaffer Imperial Sovereign pencil: 14K gold filled, 12.75 cm long, White Dot, uses .9 mm lead, new old stock, original price sticker on back; several available.

DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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12532: Sheaffer Nostalgia: retro cartridge-filler, 13.4 cm long, black plastic with vermeil (gold plated sterling silver) filigree overlay, White Dot, smooth 14K gold nib; some shallow bumps to barrel end (see detail).

DATE: c. 1979 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium • $450

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7806: Sheaffer Targa ballpoint: sterling silver, 13.3 cm long, gold plated trim, White Dot, twist-action to extend and retract tip; new old stock but without packaging; several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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7780: Sheaffer Targa ballpoint: sterling silver, 13.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, White Dot, twist-action to extend and retract tip; new old stock but without packaging; several available.

DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: mint • $80

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13931: Stipula Etruria Nuda in box: limited edition of 351, oversize transparent piston-filler, 14.3 cm long, solid sterling silver trim, 14K nib (white gold or white plated), sealed in factory bag, in box with all paperwork, outer sleeve.

DATE: c. 2006 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: broad • $450

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13902: Stipula Etruria Nuda in box: limited edition of 50 for Swisher Pens, oversize transparent piston-filler, 14.3 cm long, gold plated sterling silver trim, two-tone 18K gold nib, includes all original packaging.

DATE: c. 2007 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $650

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13930: Stipula Suprema Nuda in box: limited edition of 351, oversize transparent plunger-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold plated solid sterling silver trim, 14K nib (white gold or white plated), in box with all paperwork, outer sleeve; two available.

DATE: c. 2006 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: fine • $395

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Here are some articles from our Vintage Pens FAQ that are equally applicable to modern fountain pens:

What do vintage pens offer that new pens don't?
What kind of pen is best for lefties?
Why are old pens lighter than new pens?
What about flying with my pen?
How do I care for a vintage pen?
What kind of ink should I use?
Are 18K nibs better than 14K?
What are flexible nibs all about?
What can be done about a scratchy nib?
Troubleshooting basics


While eBay can be a good source for new and recent fountain pens, watch out for low-feedback sellers offering deals that look too good to be true.  Chinese-made fakes -- especially pseudo-Montblancs -- are an ongoing problem, as are fraudsters who "borrow" pictures to offer pens that they do not even own.

Here is an article on fake Parker Sonnets and how to identify them; more on identification of other counterfeits here It pays to buy widely-counterfeited items from an established retailer.



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