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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.
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).
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.
10071: De La Rue Pelican: rare and early black hard rubber eyedropper-filler, predating the Onoto; 12.7 cm long, unique nib design with ring base and gold overfeed, imprints sharp with 1892 patent date, hard rubber clean and glossy.
9579: Esterbrook Relief 314: black chased hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, fully Esterbrook-marked, but clearly manufactured by Wirt; 14K gold ventless Relief nib, characteristic bottom-vented Wirt feed. Flanged section is odd: does not fit the barrel perfectly, and is unlike usual Wirt eyedropper-filler sections, yet is of unusual form characteristic of other Wirt models. Wirt-made Esterbrooks are rare -- this is the first example we've had in over ten years.
7202: Mabie Todd Swan: gold filled fine barleycorn eyedropper-filler, 13.4 cm long, over and underfeed, early markings for Mabie Todd & Bard (1888 last patent date), engraved "DR. E. DALTON" in indicia; metal looks like solid.
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.
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.
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.
9996: Parker 70: rare gold filled telescoping ringtop, 10.6 cm long, extends to 12.3 cm (excluding cap, which is not designed to post onto the barrel); overlay is crisp and unbrassed, name engraved very lightly on the cap indicia, the inevitable two dings to the side of the bulbous barrel end. Intact Lucky Curve feed with notably smooth and calligraphic #3 Lucky Curve nib.
10236: Parker Golden Arrow (?): very early red pearl laminate lockdown-filler, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, two cap bands, one-piece section-barrel construction, two-tone nib with single central rib on arrow; rare barrel imprint with no mention of model name, no date code. Only a handful of these pens are known, and it seems most likely that they either predate the original Golden Arrow or immediately postdate it, prior to its renaming as the Vacuum Filler (discussion here). Condition is mixed, with hardly any wear and crisp imprints, but with a couple of cap lip cracks and a partial circumferential hairline under the clip where two laminations appear to have separated due to age shrinkage over the inner cap (see details). Notable super-broad factory italic nib, name engraved on barrel. Sac has been removed to preserve color.
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.
9470: Wahl-Eversharp Equi-Poised: solid orange celluloid lever-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, Gold Seal, roller clip, 18K Gold Seal Signature nib. This color -- "Danish red" -- was made only for export to Denmark and is rarely seen, with most surviving pens in deplorable condition. Cap is very clean, easily excellent to near mint, barrel shows wear at the end (apparently from polishing), crack in barrel threads has been skilfully repaired (raking light photo greatly exaggerates the repair's visibility).
10490: Waterman 0502: gold filled "Chased" pattern eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, posting end has usual wear from cap but "WATERMAN" and patent date imprints all legible; spoon feed with patent imprints and long internal tail, section a bit rough where scratched from cap, barrel indicia has had a rose gold filled oval plaque attached (a common way of "erasing" an engraved monogram on the original indicia beneath). Notable early #2 star-imprint nib is smooth and flexible.
9137: Waterman 12: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with London-hallmarked sterling silver overlay, bloodstone seal cap top, 13.2 cm long; seal-top Watermans are rare, and most often found in England and France, but this is an uncatalogued pattern never before seen -- though the hallmarks leave no doubt about it being factory-original. Canadian-made #2 nib, patent imprints on feed, some tool marks to lower barrel overlay; note that "WATERMAN" imprint on cap lip is upside-down -- perhaps to reflect usage of the cap as a seal?.
9139: Waterman 214: black hard rubber half-overlay eyedropper-filler with acid-etched .999 fine silver barrel; 13.9 cm long, unusually heavy #4 New York nib, monogram lightly engraved on indicia; etched Waterman overlays are rare, and even more so as a 214 rather than a 212.
9184: Waterman 442½V in box: black hard rubber ringtop safety, 9.6 cm long, smooth sterling silver overlay with hard to find telescoping outer cap; metal clean, imprints on hard rubber strong, initials "M.W.D." on barrel. Patent imprints on feed, responsive nib.
8439: Waterman Remex sleeve-filler: black chased hard rubber, 14.1 cm long, unusual Canadian-made subbrand version of Waterman's pre-lever self-filler, apparently assembled out of obsolete parts; no imprints, feed is square-sectioned Aikin Lambert style, nib is typical Canadian Remex, with "14 KT./R" in a diamond, "2" below, even the globe logo on the pressure bar has been effaced; originally clipless, comes with a contemporary nickel plated slip-on clip (easily removed, if desired).
8403: Waterman 14: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay and bloodstone cap top seal; 13.1 cm long, a rare but 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); London hallmarks are worn but mostly legible, one ding to the side of the cap, #4 nib with unusual turnup grind at tip; the smooth silver version of this pen is several times rarer than the fluted version in gold.
10377: Waterman 0752: black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim, hard rubber crisp and glossy, overall condition excellent but for flaking of the clip plating (see detail); monster super-broad #2 nib, stress crack from vent hole has been welded underneath.
8907: Waterman 472: uncommon black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler with smooth sterling silver overlay; 13.1 cm long, London hallmarks, number at barrel end is simply "72" with no hundreds column digit, as is typical for English-market Watermans; 1925-dated presentation inscription, nice stub #2 nib has an incipient hairline from the vent hole, but should be stable if used without excessive writing pressure; even wear, light marks to metal, one tiny stress crack where barrel overlay crimped in place (see detail; for some reason these are extremely common in English-market Waterman overlays).
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.
6383: Waterman 552½ LEC: hand-engraved solid 14K gold over black hard rubber lever-filler, 13.1 cm long; only minimal bumps to ends, cap crown nearly perfect, Ideal globe appears on both lever end and on plate below; for some reason, no "LEC" on barrel end; indicia engraved with extra, post-factory, scrollwork in order to cover over a monogram (see detail), clip ball has been resoldered back in place (noticeable only under magnification); notable New York #2 nib, responsive and offering a very wide range of line variation.
10052: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler, smooth solid 14K gold overlay, 13.35 cm long, fully marked, slight fading to hard rubber, model number imprint on barrel end almost entirely worn away; elegantly engraved monogram on barrel, a few light marks to the sides of the cap, noteworthy nib is extremely smooth and flexible.
10830: Waterman 58 Ripple: oversize red and black hard rubber lever-filler, largest in the line at 15.5 cm long; gold filled trim, massive manifold #8 nib is a smooth writer with an unusual semi-oblique Relief-style tip. Hard rubber is boldly patterned, with extremely deep and crisp imprints on the barrel. Lever appears to be a gold-plated nickel replacement, and the barrel has a sealed longitudinal hairline crack from the back of the lever opening (see details: in the hand, neither is readily apparent without close inspection. Woodgrain section and black hard rubber feed.
10816: Waterman 454 Moderne: black hard rubber lever-filler, sterling silver "Night and Day" overlay, 13.6 cm long, smooth and responsive #4 nib, monogram on barrel indicia, good clean example of a scarce and desirable Art Deco classic.
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.
10783: Waterman 403: uncommon late production overlay, black hard rubber lever-filler with "Gothic" pattern in sterling silver; 13.1 cm long, no number on barrel end, metal crisp with 1942-dated inscription on indicia; notable factory italic nib.