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14032: Conklin 2: extremely early crescent-filler in mottled hard rubber, 13.7 cm long, good clean cap imprint with 1891 and 1901 patent dates, short-lived design with flat ends and trim grooves on both barrel and cap seen only at beginning of production, this example predates the mid-1902 adoption of lock ring of graduated thickness (US patent 745,481). An important Conklin rarity, only a handful of surviving examples known.
DATE: c. 1901 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine flex • $1600
9415: Conklin 10 Special: black hard rubber #1-size slip-cap crescent-filler, 12.9 cm long, nickel plated trim, imprints clear and strong; a rare and elusive model, to our knowledge not documented in any surviving catalog or advertisement -- many Conklin collectors are not even aware that Conklin made a #1-size pen.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium italic flex • $450
9635: Conklin 2: black hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, gold filled trefoil filigree overlay, 12.8 cm long; very clean early pen, narrow feed, teardrop vent hole in nib, unmarked crescent; only significant flaws are tool marks on the crescent and a crack in the hard rubber at the very top of the cap -- otherwise near mint.
DATE: c. 1906 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $520
13579: Conklin S6: oversize black hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, 13.6 cm long, uncommon #6 size, nib has flex but is missing tipping on one side, early narrow feed, unmarked crescent. Imprints are worn but legible, even fading to cap and barrel, lock ring is a darker and less faded replacement, original Conklin manufacture.
DATE: c. 1906 • CONDITION: G* • $295
12240: Conklin S3: mottled hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, 13.4 cm long, nickel plated trim; narrow "keel" feed, #3 Conklin nib is toothy, like a steel dip pen, crack from vent hole should be stable if not flexed; even wear, imprints worn but present.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450
10175: Conklin P34: uncommon vest-pocket clipless crescent-filler in mottled hard rubber, 11 cm long, gold filled trim; model number denotes a #4-size pen with a #3 nib. Color good, imprints worn but mostly legible, nib tipping is partially missing on one side, nib can be used but is very scratchy; two small burn divots, one on barrel, one near cap lip, cap mouth has been internally sleeved to repair a lip hairline, which is now nearly invisible without magnification.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine flex • $395
14015: Conklin S8: rare oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, gold filled trim, 15.1 cm long, noteworthy #8 nib is a smooth flex italic; minimal wear to barrel, cap is as new and appears to be a near-perfect reproduction made by Lynn Sorgatz several years ago, using original material with an original chasing machine (since destroyed in a fire).
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium broad italic flex • $895
13510: Conklin 3: black hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler with gold filled trefoil filigree overlay, 13.3 cm long, notable easy-opening #3 nib with narrow feed, engraved monogram in cap cartouche, shallow bumps to cap crown, overlay otherwise nice and clean.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850
11678: Conklin 2: black hard rubber clipless crescent-filler with sterling silver filigree overlay, 10.7 cm long, raised threads, initials "M. L." engraved lightly and elegantly on the cap, scattered light marks but overall nice clean specimen, one end of lock ring chipped (see details).
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $800
5659: Conklin dummy pens: black-painted wood replicas of crescent-fillers, used for window displays instead of real pens so as to avoid risk of theft and of fading by sunlight; one looks like a capped pen, 13.7 cm long, the other an uncapped pen, lacking nib and feed; much scarcer than the actual pens, and much less common than dummy pens by makers such as Waterman, these display models are also sought after by collectors of advertising, country store items, and folk art.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG • $295
10507: Conklin 2: black hard rubber crescent-filler with sinous Art Nouveau gold filled filigree overlay, 10.8 cm long; early "PAT. PENDING" clip imprint, "2" imprint on posting end, name on cap overlay, #2 Conklin nib is a smooth writer with considerable line width variation.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $600
12938: Conklin Jaxon: clipless black chased hard rubber stud-filler, 13.5 cm long, patented variant of Conklin's crescent-filler with a metal lock ring securing the filling stud against accidental actuation. Nearly all of these pens were sold under the Jaxon name, used by Conklin as a sub-brand. Chasing sharper on cap than on barrel, imprints are clearly legible, #2 warranted nib is a later (1930s) replacement (and of better quality than the original #3 warranted).
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine semiflex • $225
11379: Conklin 2: black hard rubber screw-cap crescent-filler with sinuous Art Nouveau gold filled filigree overlay, 12.9 cm long; early "PAT. PENDING" clip imprint, #2 Conklin nib is a wet writer with considerable line width variation. End of lock ring broken off, but enough remains to secure crescent.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium fine flex • $575
12202: Conklin S7: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.6 cm long, gold filled trim, long-tined #7 nib, clip with "PAT. PENDING" imprint; good chasing and imprints, pitting at end of barrel is a manufacturing defect, from porosity in the hard rubber (see detail). Large #7 and #8-size Conklins are hard to find, especially those predating the 75.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium flex • $875
13581: Conklin 4NL: black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 13.85 cm long, gold filled trim, #4 nib; strong barrel imprints and chasing, cap hard rubber less glossy, more worn. Scant tipping on nib, best used with a lighter hand.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine semiflex • $275
12443: Conklin 75: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.25 cm long, gold filled trim, big #7 nib is a responsive writer; more wear to the barrel than to the cap, nice sound example of the largest model of crescent-filler Conklin ever offered.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $895
14136: Conklin 75: oversize black chased hard rubber crescent-filler, 14.5 cm long, gold filled trim, #7 nib, sharp chevron pattern chasing, strong imprints, hard rubber black and glossy, no brassing to trim; near mint but for a tiny chunk from the front edge of the crescent opening (see detail). Largest production crescent-filler made, hard to find in any condition.
DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $895
13490: Conklin 2: black hard rubber ringtop crescent-filler, gold filled trefoil filigree overlay, 11.3 cm long, initials engraved in cap cartouche, #2 nib has easy flex.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $420
11162: Conklin crescent-filler: black chased hard rubber, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, original price band, #3 nib. Came to us as part of a pen shop hoard, as new but slightly sun-faded. Has been professionally reblackened (band will slip off the barrel).
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $385
13509: Conklin crescent-filler: red hard rubber #40-size, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim, #4 nib, mottled hard rubber section, rare and fragile model catalogued for only one year; sound and attractive example, minor trim brassing, barrel imprints worn but legible.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $1200
11482: Conklin Senior Endura: rare oversize black hard rubber crescent-filler (nearly all Enduras were made as lever-fillers),14.5 cm long, gold filled trim, early production with long Duragraph-style cap, #7 Toledo nib. Imprint worn but legible, some scratches to barrel (see details), otherwise sound and with minimal plating wear.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad firm • $895
7261: Conklin Endura: oversize woodgrain hard rubber flat-top lever-filler, 13.5 cm long, gold filled trim, big Endura nib; barrel imprint is worn but mostly legible, section is black hard rubber, not woodgrain -- probably an old replacement.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine firm • $365
11699: Conklin lever-filler set in box: gold filled "all-metal" pen, chevron pattern engine turning, 12.4 cm long, #3 nib, matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, both engraved with monogram "L. B. G." but otherwise as new, box virtually perfect as well with New Orleans retailer label.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine semiflex • $400
13105: Conklin lever-filler set in box: gold filled "all-metal" pen, checkerboard pattern engine turning, 12.4 cm long, #3 nib, early long lever with spring-loaded pressure bar; matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, both engraved with monogram "H. E. S." Box as is, with outer paper hinge torn, pen and pencil both nice and clean, slightly more wear to the pencil.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $325
9416: Conklin Senior Endura set: oversize woodgrain hard rubber lever-filler, 13.45 cm long, gold filled trim, no brassing, barrel imprint worn but mostly legible; with matching but smaller (12.25 cm long) Endura pencil, uses 1.1 mm lead, both pen and pencil have same name on barrels, pencil shows more use.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $465
12895: Conklin lever-filler: green economy-line model, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, semistub nib; fleabite to rim of cap lip, stress mark to left of nib vent hole (should be stable if nib not overstressed -- was probably treated as a flex nib, which it isn't).
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine • $120
7829: Conklin paper knife: laminated celluloid, 22.2 cm long, imprinted "COMPLIMENTS OF THE CONKLIN PEN CO."; side panels are the same distinctive mottled green used for Conklin pens, tip of blade has been chipped and smoothed.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $205
13344: Conklin Endura Imperial set: scarce and desirable deep purple and metallic gold lever-filler, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, with matching 1.1 mm pencil; more wear to pencil, pen has no brassing on clip, excellent color and strong imprints, but has had a shallow name stamp removed right above the barrel imprint, leaving the surface only very slightly out of round. The purple and gold "Imperial" model was offered for only a short time, and only in standard size. Material unfortunately is difficult to photograph well, looks black instead of actual deep purple-blue.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine firm • $465
13114: Conklin Endura: black and pearl lever-filler, 12.55 cm long, gold filled trim, crisp imprints, no brassing, outstanding color, one small dig to the side of the end of the barrel.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $295
11685: Conklin Senior Endura set: black and pearl oversize lever-filler, 13.35 cm long, gold filled trim, matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead. Both well worn, with later narrow clips, pen has one tiny starburst age crack near top of cap and a stable hairline at the base of the massive Endura nib (see details), not collector condition but impressive users and fully functional.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine firm • $250
11311: Conklin Endura Symetrik set: oversize lever-filler, marbled gold pearl and black, 14.4 cm long, gold filled trim, matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, excellent condition, pen shows a bit more usage including a posting mark on the barrel (very hard to photograph). Big Conklin nib is a pleasant and effortless writer.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $685
12221: Conklin Nozac: rare black-veined green marbled piston-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual top-mounted clip, barrel marked "PAT. PENDING", otherwise no maker's marks, name on barrel. We have only seen a handful of these pens, which Conklin experts believe to predate the formal introduction of the Nozac line.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $500
10946: Conklin Nozac: rare vest pocket size piston-filler, 11.4 cm long, black with gold filled trim, original price sticker, perfect barrel transparency with herringbone pattern; mechanism in excellent working order, original piston seal has not been replaced and is probably not ink tight.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $595
11686: Conklin Nozac: black veined grey-green pearl marbled piston-filler, 12-sided fluted cap and barrel, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, inlaid gold glitter crescent logo above clip, 5000-word "Word Gauge" scale on barrel; nib opens with light writing pressure, but not far -- nice shading, not full flex.
DATE: c. 1933 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $450