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This is one of the richest selections of Victorian dip pens we have been able to offer to date -- so many, that we have had to put off listing the pencils until later.
11954: A. W. Faber retracting dip pen: gold filled with pearl taper, 15.6 cm long including ventless gold Faber #4 nib; fully marked, unusually good condition, nib flexibility is extremely soft, not for beginners, gives wonderful natural shading.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine superflex • SOLD
11935: Bagley dip pen and pencil combination: early sterling silver holder by an important pioneer penmaker, 8.9 cm long closed, marked "PATENTED JAN.1.1850" (Bagley's US patent 6,981), characteristic early nozzle with inserted steel tip (shortened, but still fully functional) uses 1.0 mm lead. Mechanically sound but well used, nibholder carries a steel nib.
DATE: c. 1855 • CONDITION: fair • $150
11949: Benton & Brother dip pen: large and early, gold filled with removable ebonized wood taper, 19.3 cm long including flexible oversized #6 Benton nib; nib is missing tipping but is otherwise intact, unusual double imprint characteristic of this pioneer Philadelphia penmaker, nib is the size of other makers' 8-size.
DATE: c. 1860 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • $265
11924: Butler dip pen and pencil combination: early and rare, 11 cm long closed, sterling silver with two sliders, the rearmost actuating a Bramah clamp-style nib holder under the removable crown; mechanically sound, noting dings and stress cracks at the end of the slider slot (see details), London hallmarks are too worn to discern the date letter, worn imprint has "MAKERS & PATENTEES" largely effaced. Nozzle base is marked "M" but nozzle takes 1.5 mm VS lead, likely an old retrofit; moonstone seal is engraved with three-letter monogram.
DATE: c. 1838 • CONDITION: fair • $650
11932: Edward Todd dip pen in box: gold filled with removable ebonized wood taper with baluster finial, 15.2 cm long including ventless gold Edward Todd #1 nib; a smooth writer, opens well within a moderate line width range.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • $150
10167: Hicks combination dip pen and pencil: gold filled with wooden taper, 14.1 cm long with pencil extended, marked "PATENT.SEPT.13.1864" for Ryne's US patent 44,261, assigned to Hicks. Taper is twisted to extend nozzle, conventional sliding collar extends nib, pencil uses 1.4 mm lead, nib is a ventless gold Fairchild #4 of extreme flexibility. Some scratches to the barrel, otherwise fine condition.
DATE: c. 1866 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine superflex • SOLD
12003: Hicks dip pen: crisp and elegant large sterling silver holder, 17.3 cm long excluding ventless gold #5 E. S. Johnson nib; holder fully marked, initials engraved on barrel, no dings, nib is smooth and sensitive, likely a decade or so older than the holder.
DATE: c.1905 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
11955: Mabie Todd retracting dip pen: gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14 cm long including Mabie Todd #1 nib; extremely fine tip must be used with care when flexing, as it is so sharp it will catch if pressed on an upstroke.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: needlepoint flex • $150
11898: Mabie Todd dip pen and pencil combination: unusual configuraion with reversing hollow penholder fitting over the pencil nozzle; 7.7 cm long closed, gold filled trim with black chased celluloid sleeve bearing patent date of Mar 16, 1875. Pencil uses 1.5 mm lead, nib is a ventless gold #4 Mabie Todd, moderate plating wear, initials in barrel cartouche, age shrinkage to sleeve, condition overall is sound and fully functional, nib is a notable writer.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine flex • $225
11942: Mabie Todd dip pen: sterling silver holder with large barleycorn engine turned center, 16.1 cm long excluding nib, fully marked, excellent quality; uncommon gold "Legal" 33 nib with oblique tip.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium oblique • $365
11871: Newton, Kurtz & Co. dip pen and pencil combination: unmarked holder with gold filled trim, crisp line chased hard rubber sleeve, 8.8 cm long closed, 10.9 cm long with pencil extended; uses 1.0 mm lead, Newton, Kurtz #1 nib is in pristine condition, extremely fine tip.
DATE: c. 1865 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine flex • $205
11945: Tiffany dip pen: solid 14K gold holder, elegant taper with inlaid gold monogram, 16.5 cm long excluding ventless gold E. S. Johnson #3 nib (will accommodate larger nibs). Clean and fully marked, some old insect damage to taper (see details), nib is precise and responsive.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
11899: unmarked dip pen and pencil combination: unusual gold filled holder with reversing pencil unit in front, extending metal taper in back with screw-off lead compartment; 8.2 cm long closed, metal crisp with a few very shallow pinhead bumps, nib is earlier, ventless rose gold with a very worn imprint reading "[B]OWEN/&/BROTHER/N.Y".
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine superflex • $300
11951: unmarked desk pencil: sterling silver, long and slender, 12.9 cm long, chased pattern, marked only "STERLING" in elegant typeface; uses standard 2.0 mm lead, propels and retracts.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: fine-exc • SOLD
11933: Winsor & Mason dip pen in box: slender gold filled holder, taper with elegant baluster finial, 13.25 cm long excluding ventless gold Winsor & Mason #2 nib; box is well worn, latch end broken off short.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium semiflex • $165
11934: Winsor & Mason dip pen: slender gold filled holder with pearl taper, 14.1 cm long excluding ventless gold #1 nib; a wet writer, opens with normal writing pressure.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium flex • $85
12014: Conklin S3: black chased hard rubber slip-cap crescent-filler, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, well used but sound with imprints all legible, early narrow feed, nib is an old replacement, nicely calligraphic with a semistub tip; Mark Twain used a Conklin S3.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine semiflex • $250
12025: Conklin lever-filler: unusual economy-line model in line-chased black celluloid with rounded ends, 10.9 cm long, gold filled trim, good imprints, responsive nib.
DATE: c. 1935 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $100
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 writerl, glass cartridge is fully intact but original rubber seal has shrunk, preventing use as is.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: medium flex • $120
12032: Mabie Todd Swan 42: special black hard rubber "Posting" lever-filler, 13.9 cm long, gold filled trim with elaborate cap banding, #2 New York posting nib is very fine and very precise, wonderful feel for those who like to write a fine line. Imprints are worn but legible, cap lip crack does not go past first cap band, stable inasmuch as the cap contacts the barrel much further back when posted. A handsome user.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-fine • $165
12029: Mabie Todd lever-filler: unusual black chased hard rubber model made for retail by Pittsburgh's Singer Pen & Gift Shop, known for having ordered a number of special models from Mabie Todd over the years; 13.3 cm long, nickel plated trim, plain clip, flat feed with #2 economy-line "M.T & Co." nib. Crisp and unfaded, nib is a little draggy if used at a steeper angle.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium semiflex • $175
12031: Mabie Todd Swan Eternal 44: large jade green lever-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, original sticker on barrel end, New York production, big #4 Eternal nib; very clean, has been filled, cap slightly lighter in color than barrel.
DATE: c. 1927 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $350
112040: Parker 21: mottled hard rubber slip-cap eyedropper-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, early Lucky Curve feed with widely-spaced lateral fins at the tip, a short-lived transitional design; #3 heart-vent Lucky Curve nib is a good writer, has been retipped. Good imprints and color.
DATE: c. 1904 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: medium fine flex • $325
12026: Waterman Ripple pencil: slender hard rubber, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, 1924 patent imprint light but legible, uses 1.1 mm lead, matches full-length pens, standard or slender, 52 or 52½.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $85
12017: Waterman Ripple pencil: slender hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, strong 1924 patent imprint with "Ripple" imprint below, uses 1.1 mm lead, matches full-length pens, standard or slender, 52 or 52½. Retains original price band, though printing is nearly completely worn away.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: near mint • $105
12018: Waterman 52½V Ripple pencil: gold filled trim hard rubber ringtop, 10 cm long, crown piece with "PAT. APL'D FOR" imprint earlier and probably used as a replacement, excellent color, uses 1.1 mm lead; matches 52½V or 42½V pen.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • $50
12027: Waterman Lady Patricia pencil: red-veined "Onyx" celluloid and red hard rubber, 10.7 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, strong imprints.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $60
12034: Waterman Lady Patricia pencil: red-veined "Onyx" celluloid and red hard rubber, 10.8 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, strong imprints.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine • $50
12033: Waterman pencil: tan veined grey pearl "Steel Quartz", 12.5 cm long, chrome plated trim; strong imprints, scrape to top back of cap, uses 1.1 mm lead, matches 3 fountain pen.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine* • $65
12035: Waterman pencil: tan veined grey pearl "Steel Quartz", 10.6.5 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead, matches 92V fountain pen.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: exc • $65
12028: Waterman Hundred Year pencil: black twist-action, 11.7 cm long, gold filled trim, globe logo on clip button, uses .9 mm lead.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: exc • $85