12905: De La Rue Onoto: black hard rubber plunger-filler with smooth gold filled overlay, 11.9 cm long, made in England for the French market, French hallmarks, 18K gold nib, over and under feed, soft easy flex with generous ink flow. Scattered small dings, cap crown well bumped, has enlarged center vent hole.
DATE: c. 1912 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $450
11212: De La Rue Onoto set in box: black hard rubber plunger-filler, 14.85 cm long, gold filled barrel overlay, matching cap crown, both with French hallmarks; #3 Onoto nib is an unusual sharp-edged italic with considerable flexibility. Boxed with a De La Rue patent injector pencil that appears to use 1.1 mm lead, but requires repair; pencil has some brassing, and comes with a well-constructed lead holder of hard rubber with a gold filled overlay; box interior rather tattered.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine italic flex • $650
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 • $4850
11733: Dunn pump-filler: black chased hard rubber, 14 cm long, gold filled trim, red casein filler knob with crosspin, threads mostly chipped away (see detail); comb feed, large responsive nib with considerable flex.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • $295
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
11941: Eagle glass cartridge pen: black lacquered brass, 12 cm long, one of the earliest cartridge pens made; barrel is fully imprinted, stating "PATENTED" but unlike later examples no citation of patent date of 1890; untipped brass nib is a smooth writer, glass cartridge is fully intact but original rubber seal has shrunk, preventing use as is, can be used with a modern Sheaffer cartridge with its end cut off.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium flex • $105
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
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
12811: Eversharp Doric: small black facetted plunger-filler, 11.6 cm long, gold filled trim, small "FLEXIBLE" marked nib has a semistub tip, has considerable flex; ink shutoff feature has not been repaired, pen is otherwise fully reconditioned and functional.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium broad flex • $225
11727: Eversharp Skyline: burgundy lever-filler with uncommon ribbed plastic cap, 12.3 cm long, gold filled trim, economy model, clip does not extend over the top of the derby; noteworthy nib is very fine, opens up easily with only slight pressure but only so far -- limited line width variation.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $120
12582: Eversharp Skyline: dark burgundy lever-filler, 13.35 cm long, gold filled trim, doubly rare with ribbed sterling silver cap -- the rarest of all Skyline caps -- and Wahl markings instead of Eversharp (nib, top ring, and clip, with "W" logo in place of double check mark). It has been suggested that a small number of Skylines were so marked in order to maintain trademark protection for the Wahl name, but this is still speculation -- though the rarity of these pens is well-known.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $675
11347: Eversharp Skyline: black full-length lever-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, uncommon configuration with ribbed plastic cap; name on barrel.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $175
11118: Eversharp Skyline: 14K solid gold lever-filler, 13.35 cm long, less common blunt-ended barrel, long-tined nib is an effortlessly responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $800
12422: Eversharp Skyline set: uncommon "Dart" pattern lever-filler with 1/10 14K gold filled cap and barrel, 12.5 cm long, with matching 1.1 mm injector pencil; metal crisp on both, noting engraved name on center bands. Patch of plating wear-through next to barrel threads (see detail), nib is a real pleasure to use.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $325
12219: Fairchild dip pen: oversize #8 gold filled holder, full marked, ebonized wood taper, 13.7 cm long excluding matching #8 Fairchild ventless gold nib; taper is removable, damage to end, nib has a challenging degree of flex, some dings to the holder and corrosion to the underside (see details).
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $350
12255: Fairchild/Johnson dip pen: handsome gold filled barleycorn holder with pearl taper, 13.9 cm long, marked "FAIRCHILD" and "3", nib is an E.S. Johnson #2, unusually marked on the underside "14K". Nib is extremely flexible, requires a very light hand; nib slit slightly prolonged into top of imprint by short stable hairline crack. Fairchild and Johnson merged in 1898, but this nib and holder could have been put together earlier as well.
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine superflex • $175
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
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 in barrel escutcheon, 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
12256: Hicks dip pen: long unmarked mottled hard rubber holder, 20.1 cm long excluding uncommon V-vent Hicks #5 gold dip nib. Holder has a gouge and a short stable crack at the end (see detail), does not affect function, nib is a notable writer, nice sharp smooth italic, some marks from restraightening (someone pressed a bit too hard, as it flexes with very little pressure).
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium italic flex • $175
11979: Hicks telescoping eyedropper-filler: gold filled ringtop, 8.5 cm long, bulbous-ended pen pulls out of long suspension sheath, telescopes out to 10.2 cm long -- does not post. Hicks nib is marked "LONDON" and "14CT" (Hicks had a substantial British market) and has considerable soft flex. An unusual form, shallow bump to end bulb.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $450
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
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. 1910 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine flex • $325
12691: John Holland 75: uncommon oversized black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated hatchet, wide gold filled cap band; originally clipless, came to us with a 1910-patent slip-on clip, included. Even fading and wear, imprints all legible, Holland #15 nib takes deliberate pressure to open up, more of a semiflex for ordinary use.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $475
12146: John Holland dip pen: gold filled holder, fully marked, colorful celluloid taper, 14.2 cm long excluding #5 John Holland nib.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $195
8667: Kaweco 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 Kawecos often carried New York-made nibs, but most were from A. Morton.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: exc-near mint* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $325
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
13199: Mabie Todd Blackbird: red pearl twist-button filler, 13 cm long, gold plated trim; new old stock with original price band on cap, but plating loss to clip and flake missing at right edge of clip cutout at top of cap (see details). Filling mechanism is internally identical to a button-filler, but is actuated by turning the filling knob clockwise to empty the sac.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $95
12936: Mabie Todd Swallow combination: black and cream lever-filler, 15.9 cm long, gold filled trim, New York production, fine color, good imprints, eraser under cap crown, uses 1.1 mm lead, smooth and responsive #2 M.T. & Co. nib. Strong imprints, some plating wear to lower cap band, pencil mechanism loose (lead will push back in use unless cone is held to prevent rotation).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $295
11132: Mabie Todd Swan: hard rubber straight-cap eyedropper-filler with extremely rare Fleur-de-lys pattern gold filled high relief overlay; 13.5 cm long, full Mabie Todd & Bard imprint on barrel with 1880s patent dates, classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire "tail". Initial on cap, name on barrel, only a handful of examples of this design are currently known, with a silver specimen selling for over $11,000 on eBay in November 2013.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium stub flex • $4500
11272: Mabie Todd Swan: black hard rubber eyedropper-filler with solid 18K gold barleycorn pattern overlay, 13.5 cm long, tool marks on posting end and on section overlay (see details), but pattern and imprints all sharp and clean. #2 New York nib is sharp-cut, with classic over and under feed with twisted silver wire feed tail.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine italic flex • $1600
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.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium stub flex • $525
13207: Matho's safety: black chased hard rubber, French-market, 9.4 cm long, with an 18K warranted nib marked "MADE IN U.S.A." Nib is very soft, opens with light pressure, top surface slightly wavy from past restraightening, pen is otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub flex • $95
12687: Montblanc 142: striated green pearl piston-filler, 12.6 cm long, gold filled trim, two-tone nib, uncommon export model with "MASTERPIECE" on cap band, excellent color though limited barrel transparency, barrel threads somewhat irregular, does not affect function; a fine writer, precise and elegant.
DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $850
12690: Montblanc 144: striated silver pearl piston-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, two-tone nib, uncommon export model with "MASTERPIECE" on cap band, even ambering to cap and barrel; a lively and responsive writer.
DATE: c. 1954 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine flex • $1100
13101: Montblanc Westminster 21: small jade green button-filler, 11.8 cm long, gold filled trim, #2 Montblanc nib, black hard rubber ends. Uncommon sub-brand model, typical Montblanc notched feed, darkening to barrel, strong imprints, nick to cap lip and short barrel mouth hairline have been professionally sealed and are barely visible (see details).
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine flex • $295
13128: Namiki Pilot: black lacquered hard rubber plunger-filler, 12.5 cm long, gold filled trim, lacquered feed as well. From the Oakland Japantown hoard. Three available, new old stock, came to us without nibs, warranted nibs are not original, piston seals have been replaced, original packing seals regreased. Please specify which pen desired when ordering.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: mint* • NIB: flex • $325
13061: Namiki Pilot R-T-type: silver pearl marble lever-filler with blue streaks, black ends, 13.3 cm long, chrome plated trim, 14K #3 nib is a smooth and responsive writer; crisp imprint with "N" rather than "P" in lifebuoy logo.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $285
13222: Osmia Supra Progress 196: large grey-green pearl pump-filler, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual Vacumatic-style filling system, transparent barrel with web patterning, notable two-tone nib is an elegant writer. Overall condition is fine to excellent, but for heat shrinkage to marbled area at end of barrel.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $350