4251: Ancora glassine envelope: advertising for Duplex pens, 5 x 9.5 cm, printed on both sides, new old stock.
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..
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.
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.
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.
8250: De La Rue "Casket Ink" traveling inkwell: unusual oversized version, nickel plated, fully marked on both inside and on outer case, Paris-made, glass well inside; 5.5 cm high, 2.6 cm thick, original inner seal mostly present but not ink-tight; plating dull with wear and some spotting, mechanically sound, will clean up.
10760: De La Rue Onoto Ink Pencil: black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.9 cm long, glossy with good chasing and strong imprints, sharp milling, intact needle.
10849: De La Rue Onoto Ink Pencil: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 10.7 cm long, good imprints, needle intact.
10309: De La Rue Self Filling Ink Pencil: black lever-filler stylographic pen, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, weighted needle intact, a smooth writer with bold imprints, cap thread engagement is short (1/3 turn) but secure.
10729: Kingsway stylographic pen: mottled hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 11.3 cm long, made in England, needle intact.
10741: Mabie Todd Swan Leverless: gold filled overlay twist-filler, 13.7 cm long, new old stock; made in England, crisp engine turned panels; overlaid section, #2 Swan nib opens up with light pressure for a broad, bold line.
10740: Mabie Todd Swan Leverless: gold filled overlay twist-filler, 13.7 cm long, new old stock; made in England, crisp engine turned panels; overlaid section, #2 Swan nib is a smooth and responsive writer.
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.
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.
9742: Paillard Semper 183: black chased hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, 12.8 cm long, made in France, #3 Semper 18K gold nib.
10297: Parker 61 Jet Flighter in box: English-made cartridge/convertor (squeeze-type metal convertor included), brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim including metal end jewels.
10791: Parker 65 Flighter: stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated clip and end jewels, 13.45 cm long; uses cartridge or converter (included), made in England, not sold in the USA. Smooth, calligraphic nib, tip approximately 1.3 mm wide.
10266: Parker 4-color Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long with tip out, 13.2 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, condition a bit rough with bumps and tool marks at ends, mechanism works fine though a bit sticky if colored arrow not lined up precisely to vertical.
10691: Parker 35 Guirland fiber tip: gold plated, one of the less common patterns, made in France, a model not originally distributed outside Europe. Condition is excellent but for two areas of plating loss at the cap rim (see detail), which appear to be a manufacturing defect rather than from wear. Fiber-tip refills no longer available, an adapter is included that permits use of refills taken from BIC ballpoints.
10646: Parker 35 Damier fiber tip: rare and desirable pattern in sterling silver, made in France, full French hallmarks, model not originally distributed outside Europe. Fiber-tip refills no longer available, an adapter is included that permits use of refills taken from BIC ballpoints.
10771: Parker 75 Florence: two-tone vermeil, gold over solid sterling silver, cabochon in clip top; made in France for the Italian market, French and Italian hallmarks plus Italian serial number on side of section. USA 14K nib, section ring with angle indicator lines, old-style metal convertor, pen appears to be new old stock with only light shop wear; one of the most attractive and elegant 75 patterns.
7154: Parker 35 Flighter fiber tip: unusual model, made in France for the French market, stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, 12.7 cm long; new old stock, black plastic grip section; fiber tip refills no longer available, but includes custom-made adaptor permitting use of refills taken from BIC ballpoints.
7155: Parker 35 Flighter fiber tip: unusual model, made in France for the French market, stainless steel cap and barrel, gold plated trim, 12.7 cm long; new old stock, original clip tags, stainless covered grip section; fiber tip refills no longer available, but an adapter is included that permits the use of refills taken from BIC ballpoints.
9306: Pelikan 100: classic German piston-filler, 11.7 cm long, all original parts but for the barrel -- a non-Pelikan custom replacement in transparent acrylic -- and the semi-stub nib unit, which is from the 1950s. Cap crown, section, and filler unit are hard rubber, while the cap body is celluloid, typical transitional construction of the later 1930s. The barrel will accommodate an original or custom-made Binde (barrel sleeve; not included), or can be used as is, for a transparent demonstrator.
9394: Pelikan 100N: classic piston-filler, 12.2 cm long, transparent green barrel, uncommon grey pearl barrel sleeve; "M" imprint on filler unit, cap band plating rough, strong imprints on cap crown, synthetic plunger seal has been replaced, reponsive nib with considerable flex.
10270: Pelikan 60 pencil: dark green, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim; singular "Knickebein" mechanism advances lead when pencil is "bent" between the fingers; a real conversation piece, quite scarce and desirable, uses 1.1 mm lead. Two hairlines in the front of the barrel next to the nose cone (see detail), do not affect function as the front part of the barrel has a brass liner.
10525: Phenixor safety: black chas ed hard rubber,11.5 cm long, chrome plated trim, made in France, 18K nib; never filled with ink, seal is still good, as new but for age spotting to clip.
9862: Reform 1745: German-made piston-filler, 13 cm long, gold plated trim, green barrel with black cap and filler knob. Pelikan-style screw-in interchangeable nib unit, two-tone plated steel nib, blue-tinted ink window. New old stock, with sticker -- several available. Please note that at this price, we cannot test and tune nibs as we do for our regular stock items: we are selling these as found, from the factory.
9718: Rover safety: black hard rubber with gold filled overlay, 10.9 cm long, milled ends, translucent red inlay in cap crown; most Rover pens appear to have been made by other makers, and this example seems to be a Montegrappa product. Seals have been replaced, a good writer, in clean condition aside from some plating wear.
8667: Soennecken safety: unusual black chased hard rubber clipless model, 12.7 cm long, with a ventless Hicks New York 18K gold nib with French hallmarks; condition is like new, but the original barrel imprint of this French-market pen appears to have been polished away -- most likely out of WW1-era anti-German sentiment. Early production Soenneckens often carried New York-made nibs, but most were from A. Morton.
6130: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with fluted gold filled overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.3 cm long, a rare but fully catalogued factory model most often found in France and England (a version appears on p. 53 of Waterman's 1908 USA catalog under "Special Mountings" as Emerald End Special Fluted, priced at $50 -- more than three times the cost of a full sterling silver Snake); French hallmarks, no dings, but one small test mark on the seal bezel, imprints on posting end worn but mostly legible; toothy #4 New York nib, spoon feed with patent date imprints.
10848: Waterman 42½: black hard rubber safety with French-hallmarked sterling silver "Night and Day" overlay, 12.8 cm long, slip-on clip is also hallmarked silver. 18K New York #2 nib has a semistub tip.
10845: Waterman 42½: black hard rubber clipless safety, French-hallmarked 18K solid gold overlay; 12.8 cm long, metal crisp and fully marked, a few shallow bumps to the cap mouth not readily noticeable. Long-tined 18K New York #2 nib is a wet writer, permits dramatic line width variation.
10733: Waterman 42½: black hard rubber safety with French-hallmarked silver "Night and Day" overlay, 12.8 cm long; initials "P. B." engraved very lightly on indicia. 18K French hallmarked #2 nib has typical soft flex, to be used with a light hand.
10583: Waterman 502: slender black hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth 9K solid gold overlay; 13.9 cm long, an English-market pen with London hallmarks, date letter indicates late production of a much older design.
10712: Waterman 52: black hard rubber lever-filler, sterling silver overlay, 11.4 cm long, a three-quarter length French-market model with covered barrel end and no model number imprint, the engine turning pattern similar to the USA "Gothic", but different. Full French hallmarks, 18K gold nib is responsive and slightly toothy, some shallow bumps to the barrel overlay (see details), lever is nickel silver rather than sterling (appears to be original, as plate under lever end is matching).
10093: Waterman 41 Ripple: rare US-made French-market slender hard rubber safety, 11.5 cm long, crisp and glossy, original cork seal has not been replaced but appears to be sound, pen has never been filled, nib is a French-hallmarked 18K warranted replacement of excellent quality, good writer with restrained line width variation.
10435: Waterman 45 Ripple: large hard rubber safety for the French market, 13.4 cm long, two 18K solid gold barrel bands of distinctively French form, French hallmarks on bands and 18K nib. Barrel imprints have been almost completely polished away, cap lip crack has been repaired by internal sleeving and is now virtually invisible (see details; lip is not stressed when cap is posted). Nib writes smoothly with elegant shading, seals have been replaced, overall appearance excellent.
10603: Waterman 42: red hard rubber retracting-nib safety with elaborate Italian gold filled overlay; 12.25 cm long, excellent quality, very rare over red, crack in barrel from mouth through threads has been sealed and stabilized with an added ring of original Waterman red hard rubber in front of the threads (see details).
10806: Waterman cartridge-filler: black celluloid with sterling silver Art Deco overlay, 12.35 cm long, rare French-made design uses glass ink cartridges (one included, can be refilled with an eyedropper or syringe). Smooth-writing 18K nib has the slightest beginning of a stress crack from the vent hole, probably from overflexing, but should be stable if not abused -- writes with a beautifully shaded line. Scattered light bumps to the silver, hairlines in cap liner, section seal has been replaced, pen fully functional.
10732: Waterman 42 in box: black hard rubber safety with octagonal gold filled overlay, 12.65 cm long, three-color banding on cap, overlay at barrel end bears both the winged mark of Davide Capra, Waterman's official agent in Italy, and the smaller mark of Montegrappa, maker of the overlay. #2 nib is smooth with easy flexibility, pen is like new but for a few small usage marks.
10444: Williamson button-filler in box: Vacumatic-style silver pearl laminate, 11.7 cm long, chrome plated trim, made in Italy.
10574: Williamson button-filler: Vacumatic-style burgundy pearl laminate, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Italy, very flexible long-tined Williamson nib, cap jewel appears to be a replacement (more rounded than usual conical profile).
10429: Williamson button-filler: Vacumatic-style in black, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, made in Italy, clip and tassie plating excellent, but cap bands quite worn; flexible long-tined Williamson nib.
10726: unmarked glass dip pen: hollow clear golden brown handle, clear twisted nib, about 17 cm long, hand-made; part of a hoard found in central Europe, several available.
10177: unmarked three-color pencil: large coin silver ringtop, 8.7 cm long, enameled sliders for red, blue, and black leads; uses standard 2.0 mm lead. Various dings to sides, functions well, only mark is on suspension ring, appears to be "900", though "800" possible -- suggests German manufacture.
10728: unmarked stylographic pen: red hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 10.3 cm long, English manufacture, never filled and in pristine condition, needle intact.
10420: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.2 cm long, letter-opener end; Stanhope peep viewer at center, with two images of WW1 battlefields, titled "GUERRE EUROPEENNE 1914-1915-1916", "PANORAMA DU MORT-HOMME/ET DE LA MEUSE", "PANORAMA DU PLATEAU/DU DOUAUMONT". Images are clean, though tilted, crack through the bone just above the viewer has been well repaired and is hardly noticeable; some rust to the ferrule, some old defects to the bone (see details).
10421: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.2 cm long, letter-opener end; Stanhope peep viewer at center, with two WW1 images, titled "SOISSONS", "VILLE INCENDIEE", "MAISONS BOMBARDEES". Images are clean, though slightly tilted, crack through the bone just above the viewer has been well repaired and is hardly noticeable; some rust to the ferrule.
9970: unmarked safety: miniature black hard rubber retracting-nib German safety, 8.35 cm long, engine-turned silver overlay marked only "900" at the center of the cap crown; despite size, a fully functional pen, cork has been replaced, 14K gold warranted nib has considerably flex, but due to dimensions line width variation is limited.
10440: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.2 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "MONTREAL - ORATOIRE ST. JOSEPH/ST. JOSEPH ORATORY." Image is nice and clean.
10437: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.4 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "THE OLD MISSION - SAN LUIS REY/CALIFORNIA." Image is nice and clean, a little rust inside ferrule, unusual California subject.
2700: unmarked safety: clipless miniature, 8.1 cm long, transparent pale blue enamel over sterling silver with guilloche work; cap crown marked "STERLING", "GERMANY"; excellent quality, some chipping to enamel at edges (see pictures), not inktight (cork seal needs to be replaced); 14K warranted nib.
10439: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.3 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "SAN MIGUEL CHURCH IN 1872, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO." Image is nice and clean, some rust on ferrule.
10568: unmarked safety: black hard rubber, small and slender with silver overlay; 9.45 cm long, French made, 18K warranted nib is serviceable but toothy, tipping scant.
10438: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.1 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "THE OLD MISSION - SANTA BARBARA/CALIFORNIA." Image is nice and clean, unusual California subject.
10442: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 16.9 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "SHRINE CHURCH, OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION/CAREY, OHIO." Good clean image.
10443: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.4 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "HOLY ROSARY CHURCH/INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA ." Good clean image.
10566: unmarked safety: black hard rubber, vest pocket size with silver overlay with grouped parallel lines pattern; 10 cm long, French made, small 18K warranted nib is smooth and opens up with the slightest pressure; a couple of small dings to the top edge of the cap overlay, internal spiral has been repaired.
10441: unmarked souvenir dip pen: turned and carved bone with nickel plated ferrule, 17.2 cm long, letter-opener end, made in France; stanhope peep viewer at center, with image of "ST ANN'S CHURCH, VIDA, MONTANA/BUILT IN 1933 WITH THE AID OF/EXTENSION SOCIETY, CHICAGO ILL ." Good clean image, some rust to ferrule.