10793: A. A. Waterman 21: black chased hard rubber twist-filler, 14.8 cm long, nickel plated clip, crisp and glossy, a few scuffs to the filling knob, #3 warranted nib is a replacement, but of excellent quality; Chicago production, with Resevo imprint. Original nib is included, in good shape but will require retipping to be usable.
10715: A. A. Waterman 364: black hard rubber slip-cap twist-filler with gold filled trefoil pattern overlay; 14.8 cm long, hard rubber shows even fading and wear, initials on barrel indicia, clip bears 1912 and 1913 patent dates, overlay has the "NOT CONNECTED WITH/THE L. E. WATERMAN CO." stamp, as does the #3 nib. Nib is responsive with much line width variation, unusual filler mechanism works perfectly; an uncommon, high quality brand, founded by one of L. E. Waterman's star representatives.
10794: A. A. Waterman Resevo: black hard rubber ringtop twist-filler, 11.9 cm long, gold filled overlay with panels of high quality hand-engraved scrollwork; clip may be a custom addition (mounting hole is roughly cut), #3 warranted nib is of excellent quality, opens up with light pressure. Brassing to overlay most extensive at end of barrel, test cut there as well; pen is mechanically sound and still very attractive.
6939: A. A. Waterman twist-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with gold filled hand-engraved floral pattern overlay, 14.4 cm long, "F.O." on indicia, marked "NOT CONNECTED WITH/THE L.E. WATERMAN CO."; #2 AA nib is firm and somewhat toothy, overlay metalwork is in excellent condition but for a small area of age speckling on the barrel and some corrosion around one cap breather hole (see detail).
6940: A. A. Waterman twist-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with gold filled filigree overlay, 15.2 cm long, hard rubber dark and glossy, interesting dated presentation inscription from Mexico; overlay fully marked, #3 nib bears the infamous "NOT CONNECTED WITH THE L. E. WATERMAN COMPANY' disclaimer.
6938: A. A. Waterman twist-filler in carrier: gold filled filigree slip-cap, 14.6 cm long, hard rubber glossy and unfaded with strong imprints, only slight posting scratches, metal crisp and unbrassed, monogram skilfully engraved in indicia; warranted 14K gold nib is an old replacement, a smooth writer; comes with knapsack-style carrier, fully marked, but with top flap torn loose (such carriers by L. E. Waterman are regularly seen, but this is the first A. A. Waterman example that we have had).
10854: Aikin Lambert Capitol Educator: pocket-size black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 11.1 cm long, nickel plated trim, crisp and glossy, slightest fading to the cap, name on barrel, #3 nib has a semistub tip and lots of flex.
9987: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber slip-cap with lattice-like floral gold filled overlay in relief; 13.3 cm long, unusual but characteristically Aikin #1 nib with round vent hole behind but not connected to the slit, ribbed section; barrel indicia engraved "A/AND/C", metal very clean with no brassing, only a few shallow flat spots on cap crown, hard rubber nice and dark.
10371: Aikin Lambert eyedropper-filler in box: slender black hard rubber straight-cap with gold filled scroll-pattern barrel overlay; 13.75 cm long, narrow feed, smooth and responsive #1 Aikin Lambert nib writes a boldly calligraphic line. Initials "A.C.W.B." elegantly engraved in indicia.
10853: Aikin Lambert Mercantile: lever-filler in unusual green celluloid with white streaks (more commonly found on pens made in the Midwest), 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim; nib is smooth and responsive. A scarce and interesting model, from a time when Aikin Lambert was wholly owned by Waterman, who sometimes used the brand to test out materials before adopting them under the Waterman name.
10551: Aikin Lambert pencil: black lacquered brass, gold filled ends, front end twists to extend, 7.3 cm long retracted, 9.75 cm extended; uses 1.5mm (VS) lead, no maker's marks, patent imprint date of Jan. 21, 1879 refers to James Aikin's US design patent 10,984 for "an ornamental design . . . consisting of flowers, insects, leaves, and vines". According to the patent, this design "may be made by painting", and if ever applied to this pencil, all traces are now worn away.
6319: Aikin Lambert Pet display card: very rare original display, 15.2 cm high, with 6 out of 12 pens still present; pens are miniature ringtop eyedropper-fillers in black hard rubber, with red or light green casein ends and 14K gold nibs, averaging 6.4 cm long; unused and of excellent quality, they are rather evenly sun-faded, and one of the red tops has two chips on the side facing the card; from a long-closed New York area pen shop, the only example of its kind we have seen.
7215: American Lead Pencil Bi-Graph stylographic pen: black hard rubber, 12 cm long, bold imprints, needle present but frozen.
4251: Ancora glassine envelope: advertising for Duplex pens, 5 x 9.5 cm, printed on both sides, new old stock.
10508: Arnold Fountain Safety Razor: patented portable razor in the form of an oversized black chased hard rubber pen, complete with gold filled cap band; 15 cm long, crisp chasing and imprints, moderate fading; blade holder unscrews to allow blades (not included) to be replaced.
9724: Artus Seguso 23: blue-green piston-filler, 12.8 cm long, gold filled trim; before Josef Lamy began making pens under his own name, he used the brand name Artus; this example appears to be new old stock, original cork seal has been relubricated and appears sound and ink-tight, noting age-pitting to trim plating..
10031: Aurora 88: classic Nizzoli-designed Italian piston-filler, black with gold filled cap, 13.7 cm long, nickel plated barrel trim rings, a few light digs to the hard rubber hood and turning knob; ink window transparency good, piston seal has been replaced, smooth and responsive hooded nib, low serial number indicates early production.
10174: Aurora 88 Duo-Cart: black cartridge-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold plated cap, chrome end buttons. Includes coupler to hold two (original) cartridges back-to-back, as well as a modern piston-filling convertor (note that this does not stop the no-cartridge indicator rattle at the end of the barrel from rattling); smooth nib, soft spring action, noting loss of one of the tabs that clinches the nib onto the feed (does not affect function), several pinhead dings to side of cap.
10692: Aurora 88 GL: uncommon "Gran Lusso" version of the classic Italian piston-filler, with 18K gold filled cap and barrel; 13.8 cm long, chrome plated buttons at each end, barrel slides off for filling; no dings, a few tiny marks to the sides of the cap, plating wear to the barrel mouth (see detail).
9385: Aurora 88K: black piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, chrome plated cap, piston seal has been replaced; as new, noting scattered age flaking of the chrome (see details), and barrel custom-imprinted for CEAT, the famous Italian tiremaker.
9624: Aurora 88P in box: black piston-filler, 13.75 cm long, chrome plated cap and trim, some plating loss to cap (see detail), good ink window transparency, smooth hooded nib; end plug in filler knob absent, exposing screw head, does not affect function.
7259: Aurora Olo: red pearl button-filler, 13.2 cm long, chrome plated trim, bold barrel imprint, Olo #3 nib has scant iridium and is rather draggy, but very flexible; filler button is an old replacement, as also appears to be the case with the blind cap (which lacks a metal end cap).
9632: Aurora Olo: brown pearl web ringtop button-filler, 10.5 cm long, gold filled trim, "OLO" imprint on section, 14K nib marked "Morans", appears to be an upgrade from original plated steel nib, opens up with light pressure; usual thinly-plated trim, uneven crimping of cap bands.
10789: Autofiller twist-filler: mottled hard rubber clipless slip-cap, 15.1 cm long, early model with ribbed section, narrow feed, filler knob with pointed end. Autofiller nib is very soft, opens up with light pressure but short-tined, so should not be flexed far. Strong imprints, good color, scratch on blind cap, one old sealed hairline in cap lip runs only to the trim groove, hard to see.
10790: Autofiller twist-filler: oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 15.7 cm long, crisp and glossy, bold imprints, big #8 Autofiller nib is toothy, much like a Victorian dip pen, wide double-vented feed, twist knob is a replacement copy in hard rubber to original dimensions.
7016: Autopoint pencil: red pearl with black eraser cover, 11.6 cm long, name on barrel, strong imprints.
8659: Autopoint tab-filler: black and pearl, 13.9 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent color and like new but for slight plating wear to lower cap band; an extremely rare fountain pen, of the highest quality, made by the Autopoint company of Chicago, primarily a pencil company; big smooth #6 Autopoint nib, filler mechanism similar to that of contemporary Auroras.
10782: Baignol Tank 400: unusual French oversize eyedropper-filler, 14.8 cm long, originally sold with multiple interchangeable transparent Lucite barrels pre-filled with ink; original gold-plated stainless steel Baignol semi-tubular nib, truly enormous ink capacity.
10736: Baker ejector dip pen: sterling silver, English hallmarks and registration number, 15.1 cm long excluding nib. The end of the taper is spring-loaded; when pushed, the nib is ejected. A few scratches to the holder, London hallmark is worn but date code easily legible, plunger finial ball is a base metal replacement.
10064: Baker quill knife: fine quality English manufacture, 14.7 cm long, handle doubles as paper knife; no cracks, metal clean.
9937: Boston eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber ringtop, hand-engraved sterling silver overlay, 9.55 cm long, Boston Safety #2 nib, ladder feed, patent imprints on both cap and barrel. This basic model was carried forward as a Tempoint when Wahl acquired Boston.
10598: Boston eyedropper-filler: black hard rubber ringtop, gold filled cap and barrel, 11.5 cm long, very high quality engraving of flowers and scrolling leaves; #2 Boston Safety nib, name engraved on indicia, cap mouth somewhat out of round.
10337: Camel button-filler: silver-grey pearl marble, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends; a later-production version without the built-in ink-pellet recess in the filler button, bold barrel imprint with two camels drinking logo, same design on the very smooth and responsive nib. Condition like new, noting slight wave to nib from straightening after being sprung.
10803: Carver & Sons dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled ferrule, removable ebonized wood taper, 15 cm long excluding nib; tipping is chipped off on one side of the large gold nib, which bears the unusual imprint "C/CARVER/&/SONS./7". Carver appears to have been a very small company, based in Amherst, Massachusetts; they received an award in 1870 at the Hampshire Agricultural Society annual exhibition. Unmarked box has been rehinged.
10711: Cattaraugus knife pencil: white-veined orange-brown marbled celluloid body, chrome plated trim, 12.9 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; one cutting blade and one nail file, good snap to both, barrel imprinted "COOPER BOX, BUFFALO, N. Y.". Though very rare, Waterman did make a few knife pencils of this sort, using Cattaraugus components along with their own clips and pencil mechanisms.
10149: Chilton 57R pneumatic-filler in box: beautiful pristine black and pearl ringtop, 11.3 cm long, gold filled trim with triple "Deco Band" cap bands. Long Island production, appears to be new old stock, sac has been replaced, instructions have some tears, box top rough.
9839: Chilton Golden Quill: black pneumatic filler, 13.9 cm long, gold filled trim, section with ink window; rare late minimalist design, elegantly understated detailing on clip, crest, and applied cap escutcheon. Name on barrel, replacement warranted nib is smooth and responsive.
7628: Chilton pneumatic-filler: black hard rubber ringtop, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim with fancy triple banding at top of cap; barrel imprint worn but legible, replacement warranted nib; no brassing, typical chipping to edge of barrel end plug (see detail).
9848: Chilton pneumatic-filler: black chased hard rubber ringtop, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, moderate fading, imprint light but fully legible, smooth and responsive Chilton nib has the beginnings of a hairline from the vent hole, but should cause no problems unless used with a heavy hand.
9875: Chilton pneumatic-filler: mottled hard rubber ringtop, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent color, sharp imprints, responsive Chilton nib has the beginnings of a hairline from the vent hole and a tight hairline emerging from under the section.
9594: Chilton pneumatic-filler: mottled hard rubber ringtop, 11.3 cm long, gold filled trim, strong imprints, no brassing, typical minor rim chipping to barrel end plug (see detail), Chilton #2 nib has block capitals imprint, may be slightly later.
9847: Chilton pneumatic-filler: full-sized in jade green, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, fine color with only mild darkening, imprint sharp, plating excellent; nib is a contemporary warranted replacement, large and heavy and of excellent quality, and a smooth writer.
9984: Crocker Ink-Tite: black hard rubber ringtop blow-filler, 10.7 cm long, gold filled overlay with scrollwork-bordered fine parallel lines pattern; elegantly engraved monogram in indicia, #3 Crocker Boston nib. Crocker blow-fillers are uncommon, and overlay examples are rare.
7659: Cross stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 11.9 cm long, thick model with unusual chased cap; crisp and glossy, bold section imprint without patent date, has been converted to a scribing tool -- probably as a means to recycle unused but obsolete old stock (not usable as a pen).
10252: Cross (?) All Write: striated green ringtop lever-filler with black ends, 12 cm long, #3 warranted nib, high quality construction, appears to be made by National Pen of Chicago with characteristic Wahl-style pressure bar toggled to lever, with end track. "Alwrite" was trademarked by Cross in 1918, but it is not clear if "All Write" was a variation or an infringement. Ringtop fitting may be a replacement.
10204: Cross (?) torpedo pencil: chrome plated brass, 12.2 cm long, brass propellors, uses 1.1 mm lead; no maker's marks, which is typical of Cross's novelty pencils. An earlier Cross torpedo pencil of slightly different form is shown on p. 103 of Lambert's Writing History; it may be significant that Cross made torpedo propellors during WW2. Patches of pitting to plating, nozzle at tip a bit beat up.