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Following up on our last featured update, here is a fine group of 19th and early 20th-century reservoir pens -- stylographics and nibbed fountain pens. Writing history!
12547: A. A. Waterman Reliable: mottled hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, interesting early Boston-marked pen, matching exactly the descriptions recorded in court testimony in the dispute between the two Waterman pen companies.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • SOLD
12558: Cross stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.6 cm long, fully marked, with Jan. 29, 1878 patent date; sprung needle design, but needle has corroded and is frozen in the tip, tiny splits in the hard rubber where the metal tip is held, even fading to hard rubber overall.
DATE: c. 1879 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: fine • $95
12569: Diamond Point eyedropper-filler: slender and early black hard rubber straight-cap, 13.1 cm long, strong barrel imprint, slight even fading, ventless underfeed-style nib with narrower heel, marked only "14K", feed resembles that found on 1890-patent Eagle glass-cartridge pens. Cap is cracked, has not been repaired.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • $145
12552: Downes stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, marked with patent dates for MacKinnon's US patent 174,965 and Downes' US patent 218,503. Needle is intact, uses a weight with an enclosed spring, pen's exterior has been chemically reblackened.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • SOLD
12555: MacKinnon (?) stylographic pen: black chased hard rubber, 15 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent chasing and only slight fading; unmarked, but interior construction with sprung needle on U-shaped metal carrier identifies it as being made under US patent 264,854 of 1882, issued to Francis Cashel Brown (most closely associated with Caw's, but also a MacKinnon partner); needle and internal spring intact.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • SOLD
12549: Parker 20: rare slender ladies' version of Parker's standard black hard rubber eyedropper-filler; 13.15 cm long, worn and faded but sound, barrel imprint partially legible, Lucky Curve feed intact.
DATE: c. 1908 • CONDITION: G • NIB: fine flex • $150
12557: Stylographic Pen Co. Livermore stylographic pen in box: black chased hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 12.5 cm long, crisp and glossy, good clean imprints, spring action gold needle is intact, as is the tip; slight damage to the gold filled barrel end cap (see details), otherwise like new. In a decrepit Livermore-marked box, Charles Livermore being the proprietor of Stylographic Pen Co.
DATE: c. 1882 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $225
12559: Waterman 22: black chased hard rubber taper-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.55 cm long, bold deep imprints, strong chasing, but a gouge to the posting end and a chip in the section flange (see details; do not affect function); otherwise excellent, moderate even fading.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • SOLD
12565: Waterman 412: rare sterling silver filigree overlay over red hard rubber eyedropper-filler, 13.2 cm long, good sound example, name engraved in barrel cartouche, scratches on section, dings to cap crown, but no cracks and nice original condition. #2 New York nib has long tines and is capable of flex, but requires considerable pressure to open up.
DATE: c. 1918 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine semiflex • $1500
12594: Cross (?) torpedo pencil: chrome plated brass, 11 cm long, brass propellors at end turn, scattered plating loss; excellent quality and workmanship, uses 1.1 mm lead, no maker's marks, which is typical of Cross's novelty pencils. An earlier Cross torpedo pencil of slightly different form is shown on p. 103 of Lambert's Writing History; it may be significant that Cross made torpedo propellors during WW2.
DATE: c. 1945 • CONDITION: fine • $105
12599: Edward Todd magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 6.7 cm long closed, 11.3 cm extended, fully marked, unusual pattern, a few scattered shallow pinprick dings, appears to be late production with screw-off end and lead reservoir, uses standard 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • $115
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
12584: Eversharp Skyline: burgundy streamline lever-filler, 12.35 cm long, 1/10 14K gold filled ribbed cap, semistub nib writes a nicely shaded line; wartime gold filled over silver trim, some scratch marks to derby.
DATE: c. 1943 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $85
12588: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, fully marked, 16 cm long excluding plated nib, bold twist pattern, engraved initials, incipient stress cracks at hinge points on underside of holder, but no dings.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG* • $265
12600: Namiki Bald Eagle: Yukari maki-e series, number 90 out of a limited edition of 700, 18K gold #10 nib, Japanese medium, complete with all original packaging including matching inkwell with eagle cap, inner lacquered box, gold-dusted outer box, and all paperwork, all in pristine condition.
DATE: 2000 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium fine • $2650
12575: Parker 51 Demi set in box: Crodovan Vac-filler with matching .9 mm pencil, Lustraloy caps, chrome plated trim; pen has good barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code, earlier wartime filler with black plunger with diamond end imprint, pinhead pit mark in barrel (see detail). Pencil has internal stress cracks at the front of the barrel (see detail), does not affect function. Vac-filling Demis were made for only a couple of years.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine • $150
12576: Parker 51 Demi set in box: grey Vac-filler with matching .9 mm pencil, Lustraloy caps, chrome plated trim; pen has barrel imprint with 4th quarter date code, two pinprick marks on either side of clutch ring (for assembly alignment?). Pencil barrel has multiple cracks, but still works. Vac-filling Demis were made for only a couple of years.
DATE: 1947 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine • $125
12596: Parker 51 Demi: black vest-pocket Vac-filler, 12.3 cm long, 1/8 14K gold filled cap in fine parallel lines pattern, gold filled trim, bold barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code; tip of hood slightly rounded off. Vac-filling Demis are shorter, thicker, and much less common than the later Aerometric Demis.
DATE: 1948 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine • $165
12583: Parker 51: black Aerometric filler, Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, early filler housing with "PRESS . . . 6 TIMES" imprint, Lucite connector, new sac with perfect transparency. A good looking user with an unusual factory broad nib, barrel is a later replacement with vent hole on side instead of end, hood is slightly shortened at end, tool marks on filler housing, jewel is also a replacement.
DATE: c. 1949 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: broad • $145
12597: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman: "Buckskin Tan" pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, conical palladium-silver F4 Triumph nib; an uncommon color, especially in a White Dot pen. Late production with imprint on cap, clean example, one small dig next to clip (see detail).
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $250
12590: Waterman 42½: black chased hard rubber clipless safety, 12.9 cm long, crisp and glossy with no fading, bold imprints, "MADE IN U.S.A." imprint on seal housing typical of export pens; came to us in a group from a former Waterman employee, upon opening the pen it was clear it had never been filled. Original seal is still airtight.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $265
12604: Waterman Ripple pencil: large and thick, 14 cm long, red and black hard rubber, matches 55 or 56 pen; gold filled trim, good color, "Ripple" imprint with 1924 patent date, uses 1.1 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine • $115
12581: Waterman Ink-Vue: "Silver Ray" lever pump-filler, 13.1 cm long, chrome plated trim, "Brown" keyhole-vent #4 nib, "Tip-Fill" feed; bold imprint, barrel transparency like new, typical age roughness to chrome, medallion at barrel end is a modern reproduction. Full-size Ink-Vue pens are uncommon and undervalued.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $325
12595: unmarked dip pen: solid silver, Chinese export with hallmarks, 15 cm long excluding plated nib; beautiful heavy high relief floral design, high quality hand work.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • $225