11476: Diamond Point eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 13.5 cm long, correct smooth cap with patented Diamond Point nickel plated clip; #3 warranted nib has scant tipping and is a bit toothy, but has considerable flexibility, condition is excellent, noting a ring of missing chasing towards the end of the barrel, likely a manufacturing defect.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $150
10850: Dictator Water Pen: unusual sleeve-filler was intended to be filled with water, making its own ink with an integral solid ink reservoir (two-part section unscrews to reveal the ink reservoir), also fills from an ink bottle in conventional manner; sterling silver trefoil overlay over black hard rubber; #3 Dictator nib is a smooth writer, puts down a nicely shaded line. A fine example from a very short-lived New York penmaker.
DATE: c. 1921 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $800
11210: Dunhill Twopen: English-market version of the legendary Zerollo double-nibbed pen; helically-chased black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim. Crisp imprints, fully marked, both nibs very soft and flexible.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $5950
11722: Dunn Humming Bird: rare miniature black chased hard rubber ringtop pump-filler, 9.7 cm long, gold filled trim, earlier production with orange hard rubber pump handle, #1 Dunn nib is a precise and elegant flex writer.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $250
11236: E. S. Johnson magic pencil: large gold filled ringtop with branch-style pearl slabs, 6.75 cm long closed, 11.5 cm extended; excellent quality, some high point brassing and a nick to the front ferrule rim, no maker's mark, but imprinted "PAT. DEC. 5. 71", a Johnson patent; uses 1.0 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $150
11653: E. S. Johnson magic pencil: gold filled ringtop with pearl slabs, 6.7 cm long closed, 11.5 cm extended; fine quality, sound condition, smooth action, one dig to one pearl slab (see detail), marked only "PEARL PAT. DEC. 5. 71", a Johnson patent; uses 1.0 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $125
11456: E. S. Johnson dip pen in box: clean gold filled ferrule, marked only "3", pearl taper, 14.1 cm long excluding #3 ventless gold Johnson nib -- a very flexible writer. Box is in rough condition, missing much of its leatherette covering.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine superflex • $200
4163: Eagle Just for Fun: giant wooden novelty pencil, 27 cm long, brass ferrule; slight gaping of longitudinal seam from age shrinkage of wood.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • $40
10841: Eagle Russet No. 27 stylographic pen: red hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 10.1 cm long, spring-loaded needle intact, very clean.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine • $125
11748: Eagle eyedropper-filler: smooth black hard rubber straight-cap, 12.5 cm long, no barrel imprints, characteristic Eagle styling including ribbed section, nib is a later replacement, but a fine writer, responsive albeit with limited line width variation.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
10706: Eagle combination: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.7 cm long, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1913, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo. Cap imprint worn, barrel imprint fully legible, good sound condition noting chipped pencil nozzle tip has been restored (see detail). Nib is very responsive and permits wide line width variation.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $225
10466: Eagle Prince combination: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.4 cm long, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1913, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo -- the present example dating slightly later, however, with a 1915 patent date on the characteristic Eagle nickel plated clip; moderate fading, imprints light but legible, nib is smooth and gives wide line variation.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $275
8626: Eagle Rexall combination: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 15.3 cm long, pencil end uses standard 2mm drafting lead; introduced no later than 1913, this appears to have been the first mass-produced pen-pencil combo; hard rubber is crisp and glossy, with clean imprints including "S15" on the cap top; unusual version made for the Rexall chain of drugstores, bearing no Eagle marks, though carrying a characteristic Eagle 14K nib (very flexible).
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine flex • $395
5157: Eagle Giant Automatic pencil: oversize novelty, 27 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead, some flaking to red paint.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: G* • $35
11199: Eagle (?) Pepsi-Cola advertising pen: colorful lever-filler, 12.4 cm long, gold plated trim, typical paint loss to metal clip in form of Pepsi bottle, plated steel nib.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • $160
11029: Edacoto safety: mottled hard rubber clipless French vest pocket model, 9.4 cm long, gold filled overlay, soft 18K Edacoto nib; well-used but still very attractive, pinprick pockmarks to the overlay, wear-through in the lines of the engine turned pattern (see details).
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: G-VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $360
10417: Edward Todd dip pen and pencil combination: sterling silver, 16.1 cm long excluding nongold nib, end of taper twists to extend 2.0 mm lead. Nice substantial proportions, sharp scroll relief decoration, fully marked on ferrule, with engraved name "EMILY". Lead has to be pushed back, does not retract automatically.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine • $485
10258: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.1 cm long, extends to 31.8 cm; square body ruled to 4 1/2 inches, 12 inches extended. Early production version has hand-engraved numbers, full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm lead. Initials engraved on side, one small shallow bump to side, hard to photograph.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $265
11276: Edward Todd eyedropper-filler: small black hard rubber vest-pocket screw-cap ringtop, 9.1 cm long, smooth solid 14K gold overlay with dated engraving on cap; extra-large vent hole at edge of inner cap is a characteristic Edward Todd feature, nib is a semistub with some flex. Tiny stress crack in metal at top of cap (see detail) probably from manufacture.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • $275
10884: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver, 13.9 cm long, extends to 33 cm; square body ruled to 4 1/2 inches, 12 inches extended. Earlier production version with hand-engraved numbers, full imprints with maker's mark and 1897 patent date, uses standard 1.1 mm lead. Name on side, some bumps to the nozzle as well as some minor splits (does not affect function). Added gold filled clip is of excellent quality, would appear to be a copy and likely an infringement of Wahl's design.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • $250
10504: Edward Todd pencil: handsomely engine-turned solid 14K green gold, 12.85 cm long, no maker's mark, but imprinted "PAT. 58001" (an Edward Todd design patent awarded May 24, 1921); uses 1.1 mm lead, initials engraved on indicia, multiple test marks (see details) shallow mars to the back of the nose cone; stress cracks at tip opening do not affect function, appear to be the result of over-aggressive removal of jammed lead. Overall weight is 19.5g, including internal mechanism.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG* • $500
10505: Edward Todd (?) broker's pencil: 14K solid gold, 14 cm long, uses thick 2.5mm marking lead, no maker's marks, a few shallow bumps to the barrel opposite the clip, weighs 20.2g including internal mechanism.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • $500
10094: Eggens Hambler (EHCO) lever-filler: new old stock black chased hard rubber pen, 13.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, original price band ($1.50), crisp and unfaded, original hardened sac has not been replaced (will resac at no extra charge if desired). Four available -- a good quality second-tier New York penmaker.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $165
10460: Eisenstadt lever-filler: unusual black chased hard rubber oversize pen with distinctive reverse-action lever; 13.6 cm long, no brassing to the gold filled trim, hard rubber moderately faded, barrel imprint lighter to the left but fully legible, scratch in top of cap (see detail); big #6 nib is fully marked, including logo of "E" and try square; Eisenstadt was primarily known as a leading St. Louis jewelry company: their pens were of high quality, but limited in production and distribution; the "PAT. PENDING" imprint indicates production before the approval of patent 1,531,800 on March 31, 1925.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $685
11447: Fairchild retracting dip pen: gold filled body with bone taper, 11.8 cm long with nib retracted; holder is fully marked, #2 ventless gold Fairchild nib is like new, very flexible but scratchy.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $165
9842: Fairchild magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop, 12.2 cm long extended, 6.4 cm retracted; beautiful high-relief design of raised flowers against a textured ground, no maker's mark, but shaft imprinted "STERLING" and "PAT. APD FOR"; uses 2.0 mm lead, mechanism sticky, some scratching to nozzle.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine* • $250
11682: Farrell & Hosinger Paramount Gravity Stylo: black hard rubber screw-cap vest pocket eyedropper-filler, 10.7 cm long, elegant two-tone design with red hard rubber cap crown and section; weighted needle is intact, imprints worn but legible.
DATE: c. 1919 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $105
11684: Farrell & Hosinger Paramount Gravity Stylo: black chased hard rubber slip-cap ringtop eyedropper-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled ringtop fitting may not be factory-installed; intact weighted needle.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $80
10532: Gold Bond combination: black and pearl lever-filler, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent quality, Wahl-style pressure bar, toggled to catch-equipped lever; #4 warranted nib is generously-sized, smooth, and opens wide with light pressure, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; name on barrel.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $225
11178: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, bold deep reversing twist pattern, 16 cm long excluding plated nib; scattered pinprick marks to forepart of holder (see details).
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $225
9834: Gorham dip pen: large with bold "pineapple" pattern, 15.8 cm long excluding plated nib; fully marked, nicely patinated, unusual form; nice condition, a few light nicks.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $275
7664: Gravity Stylo stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 11.4 cm long, distinctive styling, weighted needle intact, barrel imprinted on back "WAYNE SPECIALTY CO./FORT WAYNE, INDIANA.", also bears patent number 698859 (William Sanford, 1902).
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: exc • $105
11053: H. & D. dip pen: sterling silver with repoussé design of flowers and scrolls, crisp and of excellent weight and outstanding workmanship; 16.2 cm long excluding #5 Aikin Lambert ventless gold nib. Initials "M. W." on top of nib holder, nib is cosmetically perfect but the tipping on one side, while present, is chipped and will dig into paper. The "H. & D." mark is probably a retailer's, possibly Hamilton & Diesinger of Philadelphia.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • $265
9299: H. Thompson quill knife: tapered, flat-sided wood handle, imprinted with Victorian crown and cipher, as well as "H. THOMPSON/9 NASSAU ST."; 17.6 cm long overall, blade sound, tiny chip to tip.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine • $95
11451: Hicks dip pen: unmarked gold filled ferrule, pearl taper, 13.6 cm long excluding #2 Hick ventless gold nib. Semistub tip writes more of a medium line at a steep angle, more shaded at a shallow angle, opens up easily for wide flex line variation.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine superflex • $165
11538: Hicks magic pencil: gold filled trim, 6.9 cm long closed, 12.3 cm extended, uses "M" (1.05 mm) lead, unmarked but for March 21, 1871 patent date -- a Hick's patent. Barrel sleeve cracked, condition otherwise excellent, mechanism works smoothly and positively, a few pinprick marks to the nozzle.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $145
11423: Hicks magic pencil: oversize gold filled ringtop, 9.2 cm closed, 15.9 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, marked "W.S. HICKS NEW YORK"; mechanism smooth and positive, two small test marks, engine turning crisp. Magic pencils this large are very uncommon.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $295
11470: Hicks magic pencil: oversize sterling silver ringtop, 9 cm closed, 16.1 cm extended, uses 2.5 mm lead, marked with Hicks' acorn logo; mechanism works easily, monogram lightly and elegantly engraved on barrel, a few tiny pinpricks to the metal, even polishing wear. Magic pencils this large are very uncommon.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $325
10749: Hicks magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.9 cm long closed, 12.1 cm extended, uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead; fully marked, grouped parallel lines pattern, initials on indicia, crisp condition, no dings, very solid.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: exc • $150
11102: Hicks The Quill: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with gold filled overlay, 14.3 cm long; crisp engine turning of unusual complexity, barrel overlay marked "W. S. HICKS NEW YORK", nib is marked "LONDON". Hicks had a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, concentrating on dip pens and pencils rather than fountain pens until the later 1920s. Early Hicks fountain pens are not at all common -- overlay examples even more so.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $895
11065: Hicks magic pencil: 10K gold filled, 5 cm long closed, 9 cm extended, small and elegant with hand engraved suspension sheath, indicia engraved "Babe"; fully marked, excellent working condition, noting tool marks to nozzle. Uses standard 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120
11544: Hicks combination: sterling silver lever-filler and pencil, 11.9 cm long, unusual hand hammered finish over finely engine turned ground, 18K Hicks nib; identical to a Twinpoint combo, but marked only "STERLING". Initials on indicia, uses 1.1 mm lead, nib gives wide line variation, not hallmarked for export so appears to be intended for jewelry store retail sale.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $650
11563: Hicks (?) magic pencil: large sterling silver ringtop, hexagonal body, 8 cm long closed, 13.6 cm extended, very solid construction, maker's mark small but appears to be Hicks, consistent with overall design and quality. Monogram on barrel, action smooth and positive, uses 1.5 mm VS lead.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • $175
11207: Houston syringe-filler: uncommon mottled hard rubber long ringtop, 15.5 cm long, #2 Houston nib opens up with very light pressure, only traces of barrel imprint visible but pen is mechanically sound and piston seal has been replaced.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $450
11683: Inkograph stylographic pen: unusual mottled hard rubber flat-top ringtop lever-filler, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, good color and imprints, weighted needle intact.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $150
11629: Jackson dip pen: unmarked gold filled ferrule with handsome octagonal agate taper, 12.3 cm long excluding #3 Jackson ventless gold nib; nib opens up easily for wide line width variation.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $175
11445: John Holland dip pen: very large #10 gold nib, marked "16KT", in matching numbered gold filled holder, 18 cm long; holder shows considerable usage, nib is still as good as new.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine flex • $350
10065: John Wilson quill knife: Sheffield-made, tapering flat-sided wooden handle, 16 cm long, blade sound but with some deep pitting; well marked on handle, ripples over imprints appear to be pressed rather than carved.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: G • $60
7269: Juco Independent stylographic pen: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with dark red hard rubber ends, 11.8 cm long, imprints worn but mostly legible, needle missing but tube passage clear, could be readily restored to writing condition.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $105
11709: Juco Independent stylographic pen in box: late production black chased celluloid lever-filler, 13.1 cm long, gold plated trim, weighted needle system, new old stock, some age roughness to lever plating, irregularity to lever opening clearly from original manufacture.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $75
10069: L. T. & Son combination: 14K solid gold lever-filler, 12.15 cm long, made in New York, excellent quality and heft, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead, initials on indicia, warranted 14K gold nib is firm and very smooth, overall condition is like new but for pin-punch marks at very end of barrel threads (see detail) -- apparently a jeweler's attempt to tighten the section.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: fine • $850
11097: Lamy Persona rollerball: black titanium oxide finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design; as new, but some drawer wear, mostly to the trim.
DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • $200
11093: Lamy Persona: black titanium oxide finish, gold plated trim, 14.4 cm long, Mario Bellini design, 18K nib; as new, but some drawer wear to the trim. Two available, nib grade stickers still on the end of the barrel, choice of medium or extra-fine (please specify).
DATE: c. 1990 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine or medium • $365
11125: Laughlin doctor's pen: black chased hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, thermometer in compartment at end of barrel; 16.3 cm long, crisp and glossy, as new, never filled.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium stub superflex • $1600
10544: Manos Ajano: smooth black celluloid piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, made in Austria, steel dip pen nib, piston mechanism turns but not guaranteed ink-tight or functional; slight barrel warpage and swelling. These pens were widely exported in the early 20th century and are found under various brand names, but are nearly impossible to repair.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium • $50
10545: Manos Standard: black chased celluloid piston-filler, 13.7 cm long, made in Austria, replaced brass dip pen nib, piston mechanism turns but not guaranteed ink-tight or functional; usual barrel warpage, tool marks on filler knob. These pens were widely exported in the early 20th century and are found under various brand names, but are nearly impossible to repair.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium oblique • $45
9671: Manual Tool Co. quill knife: Sheffield-made, 16.8 cm long, well-marked on handle with queen's crown and "S.O." (Stationery Office) above "45-12", with maker's name.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $95
10098: Maycock token: copper "Hard Times" advertising coin, 28mm diameter, issued by the New York firm of Samuel Maycock and John Hague, early makers of mechanical pencils ("EVERPOINTED/PENCIL CASE/MANUFACTURERS").
DATE: 1837 • CONDITION: VG • $65
9409: Maywood lever-filler: large red hard rubber flat-top, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, solidly-made second-tier pen, minimal wear, fine stable cap lip hairline and rim flea bite (see detail); although the original nib was certainly warranted, the present warranted #4 nib -- smooth and of excellent quality -- is a replacement; cap can be posted without causing the lip hairline to open.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium • $250
10995: Montblanc 15: black hard rubber octagonal safety, 11.4 cm long, excellent appearance, main imprints strong, Stöffhaas retailer imprint on cap is light, name on cap is even lighter, barely visible. Very flexible oblique #2 nib, matching turning knob imprint, seals tight, crack in spiral has been repaired.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium oblique flex • $850
6550: Mordan eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber straight-cap, 13.9 cm long, unusually thick barrel with equally unusual wavy-line chasing, imprinted "MORDAN/LONDON"; ventless nib missing tipping material from underpart of one tine (not apparent from above), cap faded less than barrel (probably because smooth, and could be polished without weakening chasing); Mordan fountain pens are rare -- this is only the second we have handled.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium stub • $385