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Pens with odd and unusual features have always fascinated collectors. This group includes everything from classic rarities to designs known only to the most devoted aficionados of pen esoterica.
12056: Crocker blow-filler: black chased hard rubber slip-cap, 13.1 cm long, early and unusual example with New York imprint, narrow keel feed, hole in cap top so pen can be filled with cap posted; crisp and glossy, bold imprints and chasing, nib imprinted "THE/CROCKER/N.Y." with scrolling flourishes, has tipping but hairline from vent into imprint.
DATE: c. 1901 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $450
12057: Dunn Dreadnaught: black ringtop pump-filler, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, black celluloid cap and barrel, top of two-piece cap unscrews to provide a protective cage around the nib while filling; some barrel shrinkage, does not affect function, clean red casein pump knob, responsive nib gives nice shading.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $225
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
12051: John Holland Fount-Filler: smooth black hard rubber hatchet-filler, 14.7 cm long, nickel plated trim, rare sub-brand version, #2 nib is smooth with plenty of soft flex, bold imprints, barely used if at all, slight fading, storage wear.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
12061: Macniven and Cameron Waverley Cameron: black chased celluloid eyedropper-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual 14K gold version of classic Waverley nib.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium semiflex • $165
11909: Nardi Tri-Kolor pencil: orange celluloid three-color pencil, gold filled trim, 14.8 cm long in writing position (press button in clip to release cap; rotate 120 degrees and press cap down again to select next color; turn end knob to advance lead); elaborate, finely-machined mechanism, uses 1.5 mm lead, in original box with instructions and spare lead container.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: near mint • $200
12205: Parker 24 Trench Pen: well-worn black hard rubber ink-pellet eyedropper-filler, 12.1 cm long, imprints weak but legible, keyhole-vent #4 nib is extremely flexible, spearhead feed lacks Lucky Curve end, may well be original to this particular model; extra-long barrel blind cap to hold ink pellets, model number imprinted on barrel end underneath. An iconic rarity, seldom seen in any condition.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: G • NIB: medium superflex • $1200
12213: Pick Exceptional holy water sprinkler: black celluloid, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, black hard rubber end unscrews to permit filling; good imprints, heat distortion visible on cap.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG • $125
12062: Postal Reservoir Pen: ringtop bulb-filler, black with transparent barrel, 12.45 cm long, gold filled trim; large ink capacity, bold cap imprint, celluloid barrel has excellent transparency, red hard rubber end plug.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $165
12212: Wahl-Eversharp Gregg: woodgrain hard rubber lever-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, roller clip, enamel Gregg logo on cap top; these pens normally came with a Gregg-marked nib, but this one has a fine Wahl-Eversharp-marked manifold #2, very much Gregg-compatible and likely the original owner's choice.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $225
12210: Aikin Lambert/Waterman Skywriter Vis-o-Pen desk set: silver pearl striated lever-filler, section with ink window, plated stainless steel nib, matching striated celluloid Art Deco base, nickel plated trim on both base and pen shows some dulling and wear. Nifty tilting receptacle, keeps pen nib-upwards when at rest, receptacle tilts upwards when pen is taken out. Imprint reads "AIKIN LAMBERT/MADE IN U.S.A. BY/L.E. WATERMAN CO.".
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium • $150
12247: Butler (?) dip pen and pencil combination: sterling silver, 9.8 cm long closed, full London hallmarks with strong date letter, maker's mark illegible, rare with Bramah clamp holder for quill slips, pencil nozzle has been shortened, uses 1.05 mm "M" lead; engraved name "B. Stephens".
DATE: c. 1837 • CONDITION: VG* • $600
12240: Conklin S3: mottled hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, 13.4 cm long, nickel plated trim; narrow "keel" feed, #3 Conklin nib is toothy, like a steel dip pen, crack from vent hole should be stable if not flexed; even wear, imprints worn but present.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $450
12221: Conklin Nozac: rare black-veined green marbled piston-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual top-mounted clip, barrel marked "PAT. PENDING", otherwise no maker's marks, name on barrel. We have only seen a handful of these pens, which Conklin experts believe to predate the formal introduction of the Nozac line.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine • $500
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
12214: Mabie Todd dip pen: beautiful and elegant sterling silver holder, 16.1 cm long, fully marked, New York manufacture, with matching #4 Mabie Todd gold ventless nib; condition would be excellent, but for a partial seam opening from the mouth of the holder (does not affect function), and a chip missing from the tipping on one side of the nib. Handsome as is, worth restoration if desired, especially given the extreme flexibility of the nib -- one of the softest and most yielding imaginable.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: VG* • $200
12222: Monte Rosa No. 02: black chased hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.5 cm long, strong imprints, #2 Monte Rosa 14K gold nib; moderate and mostly even fading, probably Swiss-made.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $200
12215: Mordan chatelaine pen holder: sterling silver, full London hallmarks, 14 cm long, to carry a full-length eyedropper-filler fountain pen suspended from a woman's belt; a few shallow dings, and some partial seam separation (see details).
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG* • $350
12200: Parker Jade Pen: green celluloid oversize button-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, large Lucky Curve nib, Parker imprint without Duofold name. Wear and extensive discoloration, but mechanically sound and a fine writer. When Parker shifted Duofold production to celluloid in 1926, a pale jade green was the first color added to the original orange-red and black. Unsure of how it would be received, Parker released its first green pens as "Jade Pens" rather than Duofolds, but by the end of 1927 changed nibs and imprints to bring them officially into the Duofold lineup.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: G • NIB: medium fine • $200
12206: Parker Vacumatic Junior: small Golden Web, 11.75 cm long, gold filled trim, lockdown filler, made in Canada, good barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, good transparency, multiple sealed cap lip cracks (see details); notable super-broad oblique nib has some deep scratches on and around the imprint, and there is a longitudinal hairline from the vent hole -- should be stable but could readily be repaired, overall appearance fine.
DATE: 1937 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-broad italic oblique • $265
12209: Reynolds Rocket ballpoint desk set: rare institutional desk version of Reynolds' infamous pioneer ballpoint; pen is anodized aluminum, ball tip is intact, original refill has not been replaced, nonfunctional as is, chain attachment to black-finished cast zinc base, screw hole in front of base to allow permanent attachment to a counter or table.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: fine* • $165
12223: Waterman 14 S: mottled hard rubber safety pen, 13.1 cm long, very early production with threaded turning knob, nib spirals in and out, repaired crack to internal mechanism (see detail), good imprints, feed with patent date, #4 New York is 18K with French import hallmarks, extremely flexible.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: broad superflex • $565
12216: unmarked pencil: hand-engraved sterling silver fittings on an octagonal hardstone shaft, 13.5 cm long, transparent yellow seal stone in crown; uses "M" (1.05mm) lead, English-made, early to mid-Victorian form, crown a bit bent, oval hole in side of silver barrel has been plugged (see detail).
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $250
12217: unmarked dip pen: mottled hard rubber holder, 13.9 cm long excluding plated nib.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • $50
12218: unmarked dip pen: big mottled hard rubber holder with ribbed gripping section, 14.7 cm long excluding steel nib, chipped area on underside of mouth area, does not affect function, one longitudinal scrach over ribbing.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG* • $50