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Gadgetry is the theme of this update: interesting mechanisms and designs, in both pens and pencils
12572: A. A. Waterman 24: black hard rubber twist-filler with high relief floral repoussé overlay, 12.2 cm long, #2 nib is a notably calligraphic writer. A strikingly beautiful pen, in wonderful condition -- excellent to near mint but for plating losses in the barrel cartouche.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium stub flex • $850
12702: Edward Baker ejector dip pen: sterling silver, London hallmarks worn but legible, 15.4 cm long excluding nib. The end of the taper is spring-loaded; when pushed, the nib is ejected. Plunger spring has taken a set, so plunger does not spring all the way back, slight bend to plunger, small seam split at end of taper (see detail), but all fully functional.
DATE: c. 1902 • CONDITION: fine* • $250
12699: Fairchild and Johnson magic pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 5.65 cm long closed, 10.3 cm extended, fully marked, hand engraved floral decoration, uses standard 2 mm lead, propels and retracts; in excellent condition but for one very shallow bump to the front shoulder, substantial size and heft.
DATE: c. 1900 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $150
12674: Hague extending pencil: sterling silver, 8.7 cm long closed, 11.3 cm extended, well worn but mechanically sound, imprint partially legible, monogram on crown; an extremely early American pencil, made under John Hague's US patent 1291 of August 10, 1839.
DATE: c. 1840 • CONDITION: fair-G • $265
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
12585: Mabie Todd dip pen: #5 ventless gold Mabie Todd nib marked "NEEDLE/POINT", in a reversible traveling mottled hard rubber holder, 9.5 cm long closed, 12.2 cm open, excluding nib. Holder not marked, nib is very flexible, opens wide with minimal pressure.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
12605: Parker 4-color Flighter ballpoint: brushed stainless steel cap and barrel, 12.9 cm long with tip out, 13.6 with tip in, gold plated trim, 45-style clip; uncommon model, made in France, color selected by holding pen level with matching colored arrow upwards when operating cap mechanism; uses standard mini refills.
DATE: c. 1975 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $175
12678: Parker 75 drop action ballpoint: rare test production model, 7.6 cm long closed, 10.6 cm extended, gold plated barleycorn panels pattern, made in France, "UL" date code; not catalogued or advertised, end button is pushed to release the writing tip, which slides in or out depending on how the pen is held (see video here).
DATE: 1981 • CONDITION: mint • SOLD
12694: Pelikan M200 demonstrator: transparent piston-filler, 12.7 cm long, gold plated trim, plated screw-in nib, scarce model marked "W. GERMANY", predating Pelikan's mass release of transparent models at the end of the 1990s; mint with sticker, no original packaging.
DATE: c. 1986 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $350
12663: unmarked dip pen: sterling silver with Bramah clamp holder, 20.8 cm long excluding quill nib, London hallmarks with legible date letter, maker's mark worn with final "S" visible.
DATE: c. 1869 • CONDITION: fine • $465
12598: Waterman JiF four-color pencil: chrome plated brass, 13.7 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead; new old stock, no packaging; French-made for the French market, very solid construction, from a long-established Paris pen shop.
DATE: c. 1948 • CONDITION: near mint • $150
12696: Conklin Nozac in box: green "V-line" faceted piston-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, mint with cap sticker, perfect barrel transparency, bold deep imprints, never filled, composite cork and rubber piston seal unstained, mechanism works perfectly. Truly pristine.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: mint • NIB: medium • $650
12693: Montblanc 75th Anniversary 161 ballpoint in box: hard to find limited edition, very low number 83 of only 1924 pieces, rose gold trim, inlaid diamond above clip, mother of pearl star; condition perfect, but in a regular Montblanc box, not original limited edition packaging.
DATE: 1999 • CONDITION: near mint • $950
12695: Parker Duofold Senior: classic oversize orange button-filler, 13.8 cm long, gold filled trim, single raised barrel band, good imprints, "spearhead" feed, big Duofold nib has some nicks and marks, imprint polished on left side from repair work, but is a smooth wet writer.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • $395
12704: Parker Victory: full-size English-made button-filler in red-veined cream (same material as Waterman's "Onyx"), 12.7 cm long, gold filled trim, excellent condition but for discoloration, uncommon material.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine • $225
12705: Parker 51: grey double-jewel, stainless steel cap with gold filled band, correct long clutch, Blue Diamond clip, aluminum Speedline filler with diamond imprint on plunger end, metal jewels, good imprint on blind cap with 3rd quarter date code; cap has initials, numerous marks, scratches, and bumps, hood is post-1941, and most likely barrel is too.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: broad • $265
12692: Parker La Plume: unusual French-made screw-cap Aerometric filler, 11.5 cm long, gold filled cap with grouped parallel lines pattern, dark green with matching cap jewel, 18K French-hallmarked nib; appears to be new old stock, perfect sac transparency.
DATE: c. 1959 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium • SOLD
12700: Parker 75: sterling silver grid pattern, gold plated trim, made in USA, marked "STERLING CAP & BARREL"; section with angle indicator, no "0", includes old model metal squeeze convertor with freshly replaced sac.
DATE: c. 1973 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium • $265
12697: Parker 75 Laque ballpoint: "Malachite green" lacquer finish, gold plated trim, made in France, no date code, like new but light scratch at top of cap next to clip. Perhaps the most beautiful of Parker's entire Laque series.
DATE: c. 1980 • CONDITION: exc • $200
12698: Parker 75 Perlé ballpoint: not uncommon in gold plate, but very difficult to find in silver; made in France, "IE" date code, silver plated, cap actuated; no packaging, appears brand new.
DATE: c. 1984 • CONDITION: near mint • $200
12714: Pelikan 100N: classic German piston-filler, black with tortoise celluloid barrel band, 12.2 cm long, gold filled trim, nickel-chrome stainless alloy nib is edgy and sharp-cut, writes a crisply shaded line. Tortoise and black is not a catalogued color combination, though examples were reportedly sold in Scandinavia.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub semiflex • $395
12701: Schnell The Arlington: smooth black hard rubber screw-cap eyedropper-filler, crisp and glossy, 13.7 cm long, bold deep imprints, #5 Master Pen nib is missing tipping on one side, cannot be used to write as is. Julius Schnell was one of the most important suppliers of machined parts to the pen trade, but pens sold under his own name are rare, especially those predating his Penselpen combos of the late 1920s.
DATE: c. 1915 • CONDITION: near mint* • $295
12713: Uhlmann Eterno: black hard rubber Italian safety, 18K gold filled overlay, 10.85 cm long, fully marked on cap and barrel, nib has nice flex but tipping is scant and rather draggy.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine flex • $275
12688: Wirt eyedropper-filler: black chased hard rubber straight-cap, 12.75 cm long, overfeed with long paddle-shaped tail, nib marked "WIRT" on underside, has dip-pen style roughening on forepart to retain ink; unusual early chasing pattern, February 1885 is the only patent date imprint; a couple of nicks to the classic Wirt triple flange at the base of the section, otherwise clean and sound.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: fine flex • $265
12715: unmarked quill knife and pricker: turned bone handle, brass ferrule, early form of blade, 13 cm long, with matching clamp holder for steel scribing or pricking point. Some side-to-side bending of cutter blade, losses to bone around ferrule.
DATE: c. 1800 • CONDITION: VG* • $150
12703: unmarked ink eraser: elegant slender scraper, mother of pearl handle with inlaid abalone, 14 cm long, probably French but not marked.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $65