Of all two-nib pen designs, the Zerollo is the most elegant and technically refined. The pens are rare and keenly sought after; we are fortunate to be able to offer no less than three here. More information is posted in our new Zerollo Pen Profile.
11210: Dunhill Twopen: English-market version of the legendary Zerollo double-nibbed pen; helically-chased black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim. Crisp imprints, fully marked, both nibs very soft and flexible.
11211: Unic Duocolor: French-market version of Zerollo's famous two-nibbed fountain pen, boldly patterned red and black hard rubber, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, bold imprints with patent number and both Unic and Zerollo names, crisp knurling at cap top. Condition is like new, noting a tiny nick to the cap lip (see detail; very common on these pens). Unusually, the nibs are different in tip width, one being more calligraphic and the other more suitable for note-taking.
11209: Zerollo Duo Color in box: legendary two-nibbed Italian pen in smooth black hard rubber, 13.1 cm long, gold filled trim, good strong cap imprint, clean original box.
11217: Aikin Lambert (?) dip pen: high quality unmarked sterling silver holder, 15.9 cm long excluding #2 ventless gold Aikin Lambert nib; nib is small but offers great flex, virtuoso construction of holder consists of spirally wrapping a strip of silver, soldering it edge to edge all the way from tip to ferrule.
DATE: c. 1875 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: extra-fine superflex • SOLD
11200: Aurora 88: classic Nizzoli-designed Italian piston-filler, black with gold filled cap, 13.7 cm long, nickel plated barrel trim rings, excellent ink window transparency good, piston seal has been replaced.
11237: Caw's 311 safety: black hard rubber, 14.4 cm long, well-worn and faded, imprints present though list of patent dates quite light, last date listed 1910. Aikin Lambert nib is extremely flexible but tipping is rounded between tips, so will not start reliably as is (works perfectly upside-down, however). A rare example of an important early safety design.
11225: Eagle Arrow dip pen: unusual drop-action holder, 11.2 cm long retracted, black lacquered brass with nickel plated trim; imprint on nib holder notes Feb. 1, 1887 patent date, end button is pressed with nib down to extend, pressed again with nib upwards to retract; good working order, ding to end button.
11214: J. Crawford dip pen in box: unmarked gold filled holder, pearl taper, 14.9 cm long excluding ventless gold #5 J. Crawford nib; nib has considerable flex, opens quickly as pressure is applied. Box has been rehinged, bears original owner's name.
11215: John Holland dip pen in box: fully marked gold filled holder, pearl taper, 14 cm long excluding John Holland "323" #4 ventless gold nib; nib is a fine writer though limited in line width variation, small split at base does not affect function (appears to be the result of careless insertion into holder, rather than stress), one catch eyelet missing from box.
11224: LeBoeuf 40 Unbreakable: dark blue and ivory longitudinally striped ringtop lever-filler, 11.4 cm long, gold filled trim, cap also screws onto posting end; good clear imprints, model number on end of barrel crisp, LeBoeuf nib gives great line width variation.
DATE: c. 1926 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
11219: Mabie Todd dip pen in box: fully marked gold filled holder, pearl taper, 11.7 cm long excluding pristine #4 Mabie Todd "313" ventless gold nib; nib opens up with the lightest pressure, lively springiness.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: extra-fine superflex • SOLD
11222: Mabie Todd Fyne Poynt pencil: black hard rubber ringtop with no less than 8 fancy gold filled trim bands; 10.4 cm long, uses 1.1 mm lead.
11220: Parker Jack-Knife Safety: uncommon black hard rubber ringtop eyedropper-filler with full engine-turned gold filled overlay; 10.2 cm long, #2 Lucky Curve nib, intact Lucky Curve feed, metal crisp with only the slightest trace of plating wear at the edge of the barrel end.
11223: Parker Diamond Medal "Vac-Fil" Vacumatic pencil: green pearl striated, 12 cm long, gold filled trim, uses 1.1 mm lead. Name on barrel, brassing to trim. Uncommon model made by Parker for retail by Sears, Roebuck & Co.
11221: Perry dip pen and pencil combination: gold filled, 9.5 cm long with nozzle and nib holder retracted, pencil end uses 1.5 mm (VS) lead; made in England, slightly more lightly built than equivalents by top-line makers such as Mordan, but still of fine quality.
11232: Waterman 0552½ LEC: long slender hard rubber lever-filler, 13 cm long, with full "Gothic" pattern 18K gold filled overlay; crisp, no dings, elegant monogram on indicia, Waterman #2 nib writes an effortless pressureless line, nice shading with normal pressure.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • SOLD
11226: unmarked extending pencil: gold filled and gunmetal twist-pattern ringtop, unusual mechanism automatically extends lead into writing position when pencil shaft is extended, turning shaft propels and retracts lead; 8.8 cm long open, 6.3 cm closed, uses standard 2.0 mm lead. A couple of shallow pinhead dings (see details), German patent number on imprint we have not been able to trace.
11227: unmarked retracting pencil: gold filled ringtop, 9.8 cm long extended, 7.3 cm closed, blue cabochon in slider button; probably European manufacture, uses standard 2.0 mm lead, nozzle marked "3", mechanism propels and retracts lead. Condition excellent but for a test mark on the side of the barrel and a dent to the front ferrule (see details).