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One of the most appealing aspects of pen collecting is the sheer variety of what one can collect. This little group highlights the unusual and the unconventional.
11835: Aikin Lambert Cadet: black chased hard rubber clipless vest-pocket lever-filler, 11 cm long, gold filled trim, cap imprint of cadet in West Point style uniform, #1-size nib imprinted "CADET"; rare subbrand model, evenly browned, even wear, no damage but note defects in cap chasing.
DATE: c. 1917 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine • $100
11839: Eagle pull-filler: large black chased hard rubber screw-cap, 14.8 cm long, gold filled trim, unusual filling system is like a reverse button-filler, end knob is pulled to flatten sac (US patent 680117 of 1901). Excellent quality, pen is unusually big, equivalent to a Waterman #6-size, nib has Eagle shield imprint, Masonic imprint on barrel for Martha Washington Lodge; cap more worn than barrel, two small stable hairlines in lip (see detail), front portion of barrel from barrel band forward has been restored.
DATE: c. 1903 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $400
11842: Pick Exceptional: ringtop lever-filler in an unusual yellow marbled celluloid, 11.7 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends with ivory-colored bands. Excellent quality, bold imprints, nib is a contemporary replacement #4 Weidlich, from another Cincinnati maker.
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine • $165
11828: unmarked safety: miniature black hard rubber safety pen, 7.25 cm long, silver overlay with niello decoration of roses; excellent quality, German manufacture, marked "900" on metal, several light marks, tight hairline in cap lip, warranted nib has lost nearly all its tipping but does write with a semistub tip -- really more a novelty in any event.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine • $385
11834: Waterman lever-filler: uncommon blue-pinstriped silver pearl model with colored section and ink window in barrel, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, stepped Art Deco ends, #4 nib. Cap bears a "MADE IN CANADA" imprint, rest of pen is USA production, tight hairline in cap lip is actually a seam opening, could easily be invisibly restored.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: extra-fine • $165
11825: Wirt eyedropper-filler: mottled hard rubber slip-cap, 13.3 cm long, classic Wirt ventless gold #1-size nib, vented underfeed; good color, sharp imprints, unusual marking on barrel end, "B-", a few shallow digs on the section.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • SOLD
11846: Big Ben piston-filler: copper pearl web, 12.8 cm long, styled like a contemporary Montblanc; "Big Ben" was a Danish brand, but this model was made in Heidelberg, Germany under a British patent, as noted on the cap imprint; trim band plating was very thin, now virtually all brass, brassing to gold filled clip, barrel ink window transparency good, nib is a fine writer.
DATE: c. 1937 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
11844: Caran d'Ache Madison in box: sterling silver large barleycorn pattern, 13.65 cm long, 14K white gold nib has pleasant action, pen uses standard short international cartridges (not included). One small bump to the cap rim, light marks to the plastic section (see details). In original box with outer box and instructions with guarantee certificate.
DATE: c. 1986 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • SOLD
11841: Eversharp Skyline Executive: rare oversize lever-filler, burgundy with striated red and pearl cap, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim.
DATE: c. 1944 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $395
11824: Ferris & Willis dip pen: unmarked gold filled holder with pearl taper, 13.5 cm long excluding ventless gold #3 nib with unusual 10K marking on underside; nib opens up wide with minimal pressure, easy soft flex.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine flex • $165
11832: Georg Jensen broker's pencil: vermeil pencil, 13.2 cm long, fully marked, 1/20 14K gold on sterling silver, uses thick 5.5 mm lead, heavy and solid construction, 31.5g, mechanism works perfectly, but many scattered light shallow dings and marks, engraving on side of barrel.
DATE: c. 1946 • CONDITION: G • SOLD
11843: Parker 61 Cirrus: gold filled English-made cartridge/converter filler (converter included), 13.5 cm long, well used, scattered shallow pinprick dings, mechanically sound and a smooth writer, nib adjusted for a turn-up profile.
DATE: c. 1976 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: fine • $105
11840: Sheaffer Lifetime Balance: oversize plunger-filler in black and grey pearl marble, 13.7 cm long, chrome plated trim, large White Dot, big Lifetime nib with slight turn-up at the tip, barrel transparency is excellent, good imprints. One tiny chip to one of the feed vanes, some plating wear to the two-tone nib, filler knob is black (probably a replacement) as is the cap lip (definitely a replacement). One the scarcest and most desirable classic Balance colors, a handsome user.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine firm • SOLD
11823: Sheaffer Lifetime Valiant Skyboy: large black WW2-era lever-filler with military clip, 13 cm long, gold filled over silver trim, scarce variation with "SKYBOY" clip imprint, more expensive model supposedly configured for use in flight. White Dot, section with ink window, excellent transparency, smooth two-tone Lifetime nib. Very clean example noting deeply imprinted name on barrel -- extra-deep, as it appears the first try was scraped off before being corrected.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: exc* • NIB: extra-fine • $225
11826: Sheaffer Defender: black WW2-era lever-filler, 13.15 cm long, gold filled over silver trim, over-the-top military clip, #5 Feathertouch two-tone nib, scratch at edge of cap lip is not a crack, some plating wear to nib (wartime plating was thinner).
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $150
11836: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman: grey pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, conical palladium-silver nib is marked "M4", some plating roughness to edge of clip, short stress hairline from clip mounting hole (see detail).
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine • $95
11837: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman: green pneumatic-filler, 14.1 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, conical palladium-silver nib is marked "M4", smooth writer but more of a fine, three-letter monogram on barrel.
DATE: c. 1955 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: fine • $145
11838: Sheaffer Snorkel Statesman: black pneumatic-filler, 14.2 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, conical palladium-silver nib is marked "F4", smooth writer but more of an extra-fine.
DATE: c. 1958 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine • $125
11845: Wahl lever-filler: gold filled "all metal barrel" miniature ringtop, 8.3 cm long, #0 nib, "Grecian Border" pattern; tool marks to section overlay, side of barrel.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine semiflex • $70
11833: Waterman 16: slip-cap clipless eyedropper-filler, 13.6 cm long, big and early, rounded ends, two-line pre-globe barrel imprint, cap imprint with 1898 patent date, early nib imprint, Spoon Feed with bold 1899 patent date, no 1903 date. Cap imprint shows polishing wear, barrel imprints fine, nib has a couple of stress cracks from the vent hole, barrel has a few pit marks, perhaps from sparks, overall appearance excellent.
DATE: c. 1901 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: medium semiflex • $425
11827: Waterman 42½ Ripple: slender clipless hard rubber safety, 13 cm long, made for the French market, with a hallmarked 18K #2 nib; crisp and glossy, with deep, bold imprints.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine semiflex • $295