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.
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11467: Aikin Lambert dip pen in box: unmarked rose gold filled twist pattern holder, 14 cm long excluding #1 Aikin Lambert ventless gold nib. Semistub tip, flexible and responsive. One test mark to holder ferrule. Gold filled dip pens are much less common than silver.
11453: Aikin Lambert dip pen in box: twist pattern gold filled ferrule marked only "1", pearl taper of unusual form, like stacked blocks; 13.6 cm long excluding ventless gold Aikin Lambert #1 nib. An effortlessly calligraphic writer, smooth and responsive with plentiful line width variation.
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.
11561: Cross magic pencil: gold filled, with suspension sheath, 6.15 cm closed, 11.25 cm extended, uses standard 2mm lead; Cross magic pencils are uncommon.
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.
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.
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.
11465: Edward Todd dip pen and pencil combination: unmarked holder, gold filled trim, black celluloid (?) sleeves; retracting pencil uses 1.0 mm lead, nib is an Edward Todd of unusual form with a longitudinal imprint and an elongated lenticular pierce. The tip is very fine indeed, so suitable paper is required if its flex is to be used without excessive tooth.
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.
11473: Fairchild reversing dip pen: fully marked gold filled holder with ebonized wood taper, reversing end plug with nib holder; 13.2 cm long with nib concealed, 14.5 cm opened, excluding the nib itself. Big #5 ventless gold Fairchild nib is a noteworthy writer, extra-fine tip with lively flex action.
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.
11454: Fairchild dip pen in box: fully marked gold filled ferrule, ebonized wood taper with baluster finial, 12.8 cm long excluding #2 ventless gold Fairchild nib. Tip is very fine indeed, yet provides considerable flex with only minor toothiness -- a real pleasure to write with. Box has a largely effaced Edward Todd stamp on top.
11468: Fairchild dip pen in box: gold filled ferrule with twist pattern mother of pearl taper, 13.9 cm long excluding nib. Holder is Fairchild and fully marked, nib is an Aikin Lambert #1 ventless, a precise and responsive writer.
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).
11488: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, twist pattern, 15.8 cm long excluding plated nib; full marked, scattered shallow dings.
11457: Gorham dip pen in box: sterling silver, 16.6 cm long, unusual and elegant acanthus-like pattern, fully marked, monogram engraved on forepart of holder; nib not included, uses around #4 size gold nib or equivalent in steel or brass.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11419: Hicks desk pencil: large hexagonal sterling silver, 15.8 cm long, marked with Hicks' acorn logo; uses 2.5 mm lead.
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.
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.
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.
11446: John Holland dip pen: very large #8 gold nib in matching numbered gold filled holder, 18.5 cm long; holder and nib are both in excellent condition.
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.
11449: Kurtz & Monaghan dip pen: unmarked gold filled ferrule, pearl taper, 13.6 cm long excluding #1 ventless gold Kurtz & Monaghan nib. The short-lived partnership of Kurtz & Monaghan was the immediate precursor of Edward Todd & Co..
11458: Mabie Todd dip pen in box: fully marked gold filled ferrule, taper with baluster finial, 13.4 cm long excluding #3 ventless gold Mabie Todd nib. Takedown design with socketed taper, extra-fine flex nib is very clean but is missing the tipping on the left tine -- would have to be retipped for writing use.
11466: Mabie Todd dip pen and pencil set in box: sterling silver twist pattern with pearl taper, 12.1 cm long, with matching desk pencil, uses standard 2.0 mm lead. Both fully marked, some tool marks to foreparts (see details), pen accepts #3-4 size nibs (not included).
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.
11448: Mabie Todd retracting dip pen: gold filled body, branchiform mother of pearl taper, 12.2 cm long retracted, fully marked, unusual nib holder of form more usually found on nonretracting holders, tubular with split plug; ventless gold #2 Mabie Todd nib is a notable writer, overall condition is like new but for corrosion to end of holder (see detail).
11332: Mabie Todd dip pen and pencil combination in box: solid 14K gold, fine parallel lines pattern, 10.45 cm long collapsed, 15.1 cm with barrel extended and pencil nozzle twisted out; nib is a responsive Mabie Todd #5 marked "BROAD POINT", in excellent condition but for the tipping chipped off on one side. Dent in end cap, indicia is engraved "Dr. L. M.", pencil nozzle can be pulled forward but is fully functional, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead. A hefty piece with a total weight of 33.35 g -- a lot of gold, even after deducting the weight of the brass and steel of the interior mechanism.
11452: Madson & Buck dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled ferrule, pearl taper, 13.5 cm long excluding ventless gold #1 nib; semistub tip, nib metal is soft, use with restraint as it can easily be sprung if overflexed. Plush box is well worn on exterior.
11455: Madson & Buck dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled ferrule, branchiform pearl taper, 14.1 cm long excluding ventless gold #1 nib. Semistub tip provides a nicely shaded line with no pressure, just enough flex to add a bit more line width variation; a smooth writer.
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.
11483: Mordan dip pen and pencil set in box: sterling silver, cable twist pattern with smooth baluster finial tapers, pen is 18.3 cm long, takes standard nibs; pencil is 19.2 cm long, uses 1.5 mm VS lead.
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.
11450: Pearce & Hoagland dip pen: unmarked gold filled ferrule, slender pearl taper, 13 cm long excluding #1 ventless gold nib. Small split at end of holder (see detail) does not affect function, nib is toothy, may dig in with too much pressure. Pearce & Hoagland was a Rhode Island company.
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.
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".
11464: unmarked pencil: gold filled with agate hardstone shaft, 10.5 cm long, American manufacture, uses 1.0 mm lead.
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.
11245: unmarked magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 7.35 cm long closed, 13 cm extended; American-made, excellent quality, longer than most, uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead.
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.
11537: unmarked magic pencil: small ringtop, gold filled trim, 4.8 cm long closed, 8.5 cm extended, uses "M" (1.05 mm) lead, some age speckling to the plating, mechanism works smoothly, could be Fairchild manufacture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
11334: unmarked dip pen: hand carved souvenir of the Pacific Northwest in the form of a totem pole, 15.6 cm long excluding steel nib, black hard rubber grip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.