If not otherwise specified, measurements of dip pens are inclusive of their nibs, and measurements of pens and pencils with extending parts are given at full extension. We can provide nibs upon request for dip pens listed without nibs. For ordinary steel nibs, this will normally be without charge.
The items below are sorted by maker; click here to sort by date
11217: Aikin Lambert (?) dip pen: high quality unmarked sterling silver holder, 15.9 cm long excluding #2 ventless gold Aikin Lambert nib; nib is small but offers great flex, virtuoso construction of holder consists of spirally wrapping a strip of silver, soldering it edge to edge all the way from tip to ferrule.
6725: Asprey combination paper knife and pen knife: 8.9 cm long, blade marked "ASPREY/166/BOND STREET"; blade has one nick in edge, action is good; scattered traces of what appears to be the remains of painted decoration.
10064: Baker quill knife: fine quality English manufacture, 14.7 cm long, handle doubles as paper knife; no cracks, metal clean.
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.
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.
11225: Eagle Arrow dip pen: unusual drop-action holder, 11.2 cm long retracted, black lacquered brass with nickel plated trim; imprint on nib holder notes Feb. 1, 1887 patent date, end button is pressed with nib down to extend, pressed again with nib upwards to retract; good working order, ding to end button.
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.
10737: Fairchild retracting dip pen: gold filled holder with removable wooden taper, 13.4 cm long closed, 17.6 cm extended including solid gold Edward Todd #6 nib; nib has a few scratches but is straight and sound, holder is well worn with a bit of typical corrosion to the lower part of the nib holder (see detail).
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.
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).
11203: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, beautiful top-quality floral repoussé decoration, 15.2 cm long excluding plated steel nib;.
11157: Gorham dip pen: large, heavy (15.5 g) sterling silver, fully marked, deep twist pattern, 16.2 cm long excluding plated nib; scattered pinprick marks to smooth section between nib holder and twisted body.
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.
10807: Grieshaber dip pen in box: slender unmarked gold filled holder with engine turned body, 14.3 cm long excluding ventless gold #2 Grieshaber nib; yellow plush worn almost completely away from exterior of the two-part case. Gold filled holders are much less common than silver.
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.
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.
10812: Hicks magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 7.8 cm long closed, 13.8 cm extended, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead; fully marked, scattered pinprick dings and bumps to front flange rim, mechanism stiff but positive; larger than usual.
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.
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.
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.
11214: J. Crawford dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled holder, pearl taper, 14.9 cm long excluding ventless gold #5 J. Crawford nib; nib has considerable flex, opens quickly as pressure is applied. Box has been rehinged, bears original owner's name.
11215: John Holland dip pen in box: fully marked gold filled holder, pearl taper, 14 cm long excluding John Holland "323" #4 ventless gold nib; nib is a fine writer though limited in line width variation, small split at base does not affect function (appears to be the result of careless insertion into holder, rather than stress), one catch eyelet missing from box.
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.
10758: Mabie Todd dip pen: large #7-size gold filled holder with 1877 patent date, green marbled celluloid taper, 12.3 cm long excluding big ventless #7 Aikin Lambert solid gold nib; nib will write a shaded line but action fairly firm, holder has seam split on side and central tube plug is corroded (see details), still works fine and holds nib securely. Unusual for both size and the material of the taper.
10557: Mabie Todd dip pen: sterling silver, high relief repousse design of flowers and leaves, 16.2 cm long excluding ventless gold #4 John Holland nib; much higher quality than usual die-stamped work, requiring considerable hand labor. Even polishing wear, a few nicks at the end of the taper.
11219: Mabie Todd dip pen in box: fully marked gold filled holder, pearl taper, 11.7 cm long excluding pristine #4 Mabie Todd "313" ventless gold nib; nib opens up with the lightest pressure, lively springiness.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine superflex • SOLD
10370: Manual Tool Co. quill knife: Sheffield-made, 16.5 cm long, well-marked on blocky wooden handle with queen's crown and "S.O." (Stationery Office) above "45-12", with maker's name.
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.
10037: Mordan combination dip pen and pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.25 cm long closed, telescoping body opens to reveal sliders to extend dip pen holder and 1.5 mm (VS) pencil nozzle; mechanically sound, but one slider plate is missing (can still easily be operated by pushing upon the protruding pins) and the other is missing an end. 1908 dated inscription on the barrel.
11221: Perry dip pen and pencil combination: gold filled, 9.5 cm long with nozzle and nib holder retracted, pencil end uses 1.5 mm (VS) lead; made in England, slightly more lightly built than equivalents by top-line makers such as Mordan, but still of fine quality.
10373: Rodgers scraper: ink eraser, 13.2 cm long, flat wooden handle, end probably intended to serve as a paper knife; marked "CUTLER TO/HER MAJESTY", blade well worn and pitted, but still sharp and sound.
10661: Rodgers scraper: ink eraser, 15.6 cm long, imitation wood synthetic composition handle, blade in sound condition, fully marked with cipher of King George.
10944: Tiffany magic pencil: large hexagonal sterling silver ringtop, 13.8 cm long extended, 7.9 cm retracted, interesting 1911 presentation inscription with engravings of a thistle and roses; uses 1.5 mm (VS) lead.
10781: Unger Brothers dip pen: sterling silver "Love's Dream" design in high relief, 16.6 cm long excluding nib; highly desirable model from a premier American maker. Initials on holder, short seam opening at forward ferrule (see details), gold plating is not original but we have left it alone, as it has worn interestingly to enhance the relief work.
10844: unmarked retracting pencil: early English-made Mordan copy in white metal, 8.5 cm long; even wear, dings to nozzle and tool marks to knurled band, uses standard 1.1 mm lead.
9670: unmarked quill knife: Sheffield-made, 16.2 cm long, well-marked on handle with queen's crown and "S.O." (Stationery Office) above "45-12".
9785: unmarked scraper: erasing knife, blade marked on base "AVE/MARIA"; handle slightly bent to side, doubles as a paper knife; 15.7 cm long.
11023: unmarked combination pencil, quill knife, and ruler: English manufacture, blade marked "IXL" and "GEORGE WOSTENHOLM", 9.6 cm long closed, 11.7 cm with pencil extended. Nickel plated trim, nozzle marked "W", accepts standard 2 mm drafting lead. Crack to body, mechanically sound, good snap to blade, rust spots light and superficial.
11202: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, American manufacture, marked only "STERLING"; bold twist decoration of fine quality, 15.5 cm long excluding plated steel nib.
11022: unmarked retracting pencil: English made, of excellent quality, no hallmarks but appears to be 15K gold, with hand engraved decoration; 8.1 cm long closed, 10.6 cm extended, nozzle marked "VS", uses 1.5 mm lead, name engraved on indicia, net weight 15.8 g.
10747: unmarked magic pencil: large gold filled ringtop, 5.7 cm long closed, 11.2 cm extended, elaborate twist pattern barrel is thick and substantial; uses standard 2.0 mm thick lead, smooth mechanism, possibly made by Hicks.
11024: unmarked pencil and pencil topper: small sterling silver ringtop, uses standard 2 mm lead, 6.6 cm long, with similarly marked silver topper for a wooden pencil -- chased sleeve slides up to hide eraser, has some roughness and a small split at the top edge (see details). Both pieces probably New York manufacture.
10651: unmarked magic pencil: gold filled, with suspension sheath with hand engraved floral decoration, 7.2 cm closed, 12.3 cm extended, uses standard 2mm lead; very substantial, smooth action, initials on indicia, probably made by Hicks.
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.
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.
11109: unmarked writing set in box: dip pen, letter opener, mechanical pencil, and seal; brass trim, black celluloid ends, center parts of imitation ivory with scrimshaw-style images of 18th-century figures. Splits in the pencil barrel and the letter opener; the end of the latter is stamped "MADE IN AUSTRIA". Pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, penholder accepts a wide variety of standard dip pen nibs. Box measures 21.5 x 8.5 cm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10951: unmarked Graf Zeppelin dip pen: rare figural holder, made to commemorate the Graf Zeppelin's visit to Estonia in 1930; .875 fine silver, Estonian hallmarks, 14.8 cm long excluding nib, nicely detailed, excellent quality; discreet engraving on top, fine example lacking the usual deep nicks and dings.
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.
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.