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No writing equipment collection is complete without a selection of dip pens. This group offers a fine variety of designs and materials, all with a high standard of workmanship.
11568: E. S. Johnson retracting dip pen: unmarked gold filled holder, pearl taper, 12.1 cm long retracted, 13.3 cm extended excluding #3 Johnson ventless gold nib. Nib is early, very clean, and quite flexible.
DATE: c. 1865 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $165
12953: E. S. Johnson dip pen in box: gold filled ferrule, marked only "2", painted porcelain taper, 14.4 cm long excluding ventless gold Johnson #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
12970: Fairchild dip pen: gold filled ferrule, painted porcelain taper with purple flowers; 14 cm long excluding matching #4 Fairchild ventless gold nib, nib is missing tipping but still usable, some corrosion to underside of holder, slight seam opening at top (see details). Pens and pencils incorporating European porcelain components were among the most expensive designs in original catalog listings.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium fine flex* • $245
13011: Fairchild (?) dip pen: sterling silver, 16.3 cm long excluding plated nib, relief scrollwork pattern, marked "STERLING.F".
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine • $125
13008: Hicks dip pen in box: gold filled ferrule, taper with baluster finial, 12.6 cm long excluding Hicks ventless gold #3 nib.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $165
12769: Hicks combination dip pen and pencil: gold filled, 9.2 cm long closed, marked "HICK'S PAT.DEC.24.1867"; end cap turns to extend pencil nozzle, insert is reversed to reveal nib holder, with a contemporary ventless gold John Foley #2 nib, date stamped 1874. Steel pencil nozzle tip has splits at tip, but does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $245
12706: Hicks combination dip pen and pencil: solid 14K gold, 8.15 cm long closed, 13.3 cm with taper and pencil nozzle extended, hand engraved decoration, marked "W. S. HICKS" and "SOLID GOLD", elegantly engraved monogram on barrel, weighs 14.6 g. Pencil uses 1.5 mm "VS" lead, nib is somewhat later but of correct form, a #5 ventless 14K gold warranted dip nib.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $350
12952: Hicks dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled holder with relief scrollwork, unusually thick and lustrous pearl taper, overall length 15.3 cm excluding ventless gold Hicks #4 nib.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $185
13050: Tiffany dip pen: large and massive (22 g) sterling silver holder with etched scrollwork decoration, 17.4 cm long excluding plated nib, fully marked. Unlike the more common Tiffany-marked dip pens of conventional design and made by subcontractors, this pen is distinctively Tiffany in style and manufacture, with sinuous Art Nouveau lines and decoration matching the work found on Tiffany's celebrated desk accessories.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine-exc • SOLD
12969: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, scroll pattern, 16.4 cm long excluding plated nib, American manufacture, fancy engraved monogram on holder, "MS".
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $120
13014: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver, 15.1 cm long excluding steel nib, American manufacture, excellent quality, unusual coil-pattern body.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: exc • $165
13045: Aurora Etiopia: legendary Italian rarity, ivory celluloid ink-pellet eyedropper-filler, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, introduced in 1936 to commemorate the Italian conquest of Ethiopia. This example, imprinted "COLONIAL SAND & STONE CO." on the barrel, belongs to a group specially ordered by Generoso Pope, one of the most powerful and prominent Italian-American businessmen of his time. Very few Etiopias were exported, and the "MADE IN ITALY" on this pen's blind cap is unusual.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium stub flex • $1950
13054: Esterbrook J: copper pearl full-size lever-filler, 12.9 cm long, stainless steel trim, #2556 nib.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $60
13012: Mabie Todd retracting dip pen: gold filled with ebonized wood taper, #6 size, fully marked, 8.9 cm long retracted, 13.9 cm long excluding plated nib, worn but mechanically sound.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: G • $60
13053: Morrison lever-filler: black hard rubber with 14K gold filled filigree overlay, 12.9 cm long; a bit of a mystery, as it bears a Morrison nib and appears every bit a Morrison of the 1920s, except for the flat lever and the streamline-era Eagle clip.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $165
13055: Parker Vacumatic Major: golden pearl laminate, 12.7 cm long, gold filled over silver trim, Blue Diamond clip, barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, good barrel transparency, wartime production with plastic filler unit, plunger with diamond imprint on end, nib is slightly later with a 1946 date code.
DATE: 1943 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $150
13056: Parker Vacumatic Major: green pearl laminate, 12.8 cm long, gold filled over silver trim, Blue Diamond clip, barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, wartime plastic filler unit, black plunger has diamond imprint on end, excellent barrel transparency.
DATE: 1944 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine • $165
13047: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, scarce and desirable first model with metal section threads, flat end buttons, top button with cutout for clip (only first four to six months of production). US-made, section with nib angle indicator marks, "0" at center, cap marked "STERLING SILVER"; includes old-style convertor; USA 14K #67 nib.
DATE: 1964 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: broad • $500
13048: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, older model with solid ends, short-feathered arrow clip; made in USA, section with nib angle indicator marks, smooth-writing 14K US-made "M" nib; cap marked "STERLING/SILVER", large metal squeeze-filler convertor included. Plating wear to edges of ends, one shallow pinhead ding to barrel (see details).
DATE: c. 1971 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium • $250
13059: Parker 180 Torsade: distinctive and hard to find cable twist pattern in silver plate, two-way gold nib marked "F/B" on the feed, date code "QI"; uses cartridges or converter.
DATE: 1980 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium broad/medium fine • $425
13058: Parker 180 Torsade: distinctive and hard to find cable twist pattern in gold plate, French-hallmarked 18K gold nib, feed marked "F", date code "UC"; uses cartridges or converter. Condition as new.
DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine/extra-fine • $495
13049: Sheaffer 800 set in box: black "Touchdown" pneumatic-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, distinctive 14K "Dolphin" inlaid nib; with matching .9 mm pencil, in plastic box with instructions and guarantee.
DATE: c. 1963 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium • $125
13051: Waterman 22: black chased hard rubber taper-cap, 14.65 cm long, long-tined New York #2 nib has considerable smooth flexibility; even fading and wear, cap vent hole enlarged (see detail).
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine flex • $250
13044: Waterman 552½: black hard rubber lever-filler, solid 14K gold overlay, 13.5 cm long, good imprints on hard rubber, scattered pinprick dings and digs to the metal, seam line visible on edge of cap crown. An attractive and mechanically sound user.
DATE: c. 1924 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium semiflex • $525
13052: Waterman 55: large black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 14 cm long, nickel plated trim, excellent imprints and chasing, only slight fading, notable long-tined superflex New York #5 nib, opens easily with light pressure, lively spring action.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium superflex • SOLD
13013: unmarked retracting dip pen: gold filled with ebonized wood taper, #6 size, 7.9 cm long retracted, 12.7 cm long excluding plated nib; crisp with little wear, but crimping to end of barrel (see detail), otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • $60