The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
Dip pens from the 19th and early 20th century are not hard to find, but larger examples and those of unusual or elaborate form are scarce indeed -- and still a bargain, when compared to fountain pens of similar rarity and workmanship.
13541: Aikin Lambert dip pen: sterling silver, 15.7 cm long excluding nib, unusual pattern combining typical relief scrollwork with a fluted hexagonal center section; light dings and marks, #3 Aikin Lambert ventless gold nib is in excellent condition, springy but not soft.
DATE: c. 1895 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
13554: Brown & Bigelow dip pen: aluminum, 16 cm long excluding plated nib, an advertising item marked for the Hotel Sutter in San Francisco. Brown & Bigelow were later known as the makers of the Redipoint mechanical pencil, but they had previously had a long history of making aluminum promotional items of all sorts.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $80
13567: Fairchild dip pen in box: beautifully patterned Eastlake-style gold filled #5 holder with fancy twisted mother of pearl taper, 15.1 cm long excluding nib, fully marked. Matching #5 Fairchild gold nib is extremely easy-opening, brush-soft to the point of requiring special care to maintain control.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium fine superflex • SOLD
13484: Gorham dip pen: sterling silver, twist pattern, 16 cm long excluding plated nib; fully marked, clean with no dents.
DATE: c. 1890 • CONDITION: exc • SOLD
13583: John Holland dip pen in box: #6-size takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14.4 cm long excluding matching #6 John Holland gold nib. Flake missing from taper end (see detail), small stress crack in prolongation of the nib slit, appears stable.
DATE: c. 1870 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • $265
13584: John Holland dip pen: oversize #10 nib in an oversize mottled hard rubber holder, 17.6 cm long altogether, 14 cm not including nib, maximum girth of holder is 11.8 mm; ventless gold nib is intact and an extremely wet writer when flexed (may work better with thicker ink), though with numerous surface irregularities from past restraightenings, holder is unmarked and in near mint condition, glossy and unfaded.
DATE: c. 1880 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: medium flex • SOLD
13582: John Holland dip pen: #7-size takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 15.2 cm long excluding nib; nib is a large and solid #8 John Holland 323 in 14K gold in excellent condition, with tooth when pressure applied. Corrosion to underside of holder end from ink exposure does not affect function.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: extra-fine flex • SOLD
13511: Mabie Todd dip pen: #8-size 1877 patent takedown holder, gold filled with ebonized wood taper, 14.8 cm long excluding nib; nib is a slightly later (1890s?) large and solid #7 Mabie Todd nib in 14K gold in as new condition, springy but not soft.
DATE: c. 1885 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine stub flex • SOLD
13489: Tiffany dip pen: low-relief patinated bronze, 16.4 cm long excluding plated nib. From Tiffany's Zodiac pattern of desk accessories; decoration includes an image of the sign of Libra. While other Tiffany desk accessories are easy to find, the dip pens are quite rare.
DATE: c. 1910 • CONDITION: fine • $600
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13525: De La Rue Onoto Mammoth: rare giant plunger-filler, black chased hard rubber, 16.4 cm long, a full 21.5 cm with cap posted, nickel plated clip, #8 nib slightly wavy near tip from past restraightening, original platinum plating nearly entirely intact; hard rubber has been reblackened, a couple of spots of erosion on the plunger shaft surface.
DATE: c. 1923 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: broad stub semiflex • $1285
13502: Esterbrook A: slender "Dollar Pen", grey pearl lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim, later #1550 nib unit with round-bottomed feed.
DATE: c. 1939 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $85
13503: Esterbrook B: full-size "Dollar Pen", black lever-filler, 12.2 cm long, stainless steel trim, #9550 nib unit.
DATE: c. 1940 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine • $90
13504: Esterbrook J: silver pearl full-size lever-filler, 12.8 cm long, stainless steel trim, #2668 nib unit.
DATE: c. 1950 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $60
13507: Eversharp injector pencil: Coronet-like Deco design, 13 cm long, black with rhodium-plated top and trim, uses 1.1 mm lead; clip slightly wavy, with straightening marks, condition otherwise fine.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: VG • $65
13527: Parker Duofold Senior Deluxe set: oversize streamline button-filler in Moderne Pearl green and black, 13 cm long, gold filled trim, triple cap bands with wider central band, straong imprint, numbered Duofold Deluxe nib, comb feed; matching pencil uses 1.1 mm lead, color is slightly brighter than that of the pen.
DATE: c. 1934 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine rigid • $785
13542: Parker Vacumatic Oversize pencil: golden pearl laminate, 13.2 cm long, gold filled trim, strong barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code, striped clip jewel, uses 1.1 mm lead. Name unobtrusively engraved on barrel. An uncommon example of a color introduced only at the very end of Oversize production.
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: exc • $165
13513: Parker 51 demonstrator: rare first-year black double-jewel with clear hood, red collector, barrel marked "DEMONSTRATOR", metal Speedline filler, aluminum jewels, imprint on blind cap with 2nd quarter date code, smooth sterling silver cap with imprint at top, long clutch. Cap is clean, though with wear to the geometric decorative band, small patch of stress marks at end of barrel over filler where overtightened in the past (see detail; only apparent under magnification).
DATE: 1941 • CONDITION: VG* • NIB: fine • $850
13528: Parker 51: cordovan double-jewel, 1/10 16K gold filled over silver wartime cap with geometric trim band, cartouche engraved "1896-1946"; Blue Diamond clip, two-tone clutch ring, strong imprint with 2nd quarter date code. Only moderate wear, but name on barrel, multiple scrapes and dents to the cap.
DATE: 1945 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: extra-fine • $165
13537: Parker 51 desk set: elegant midcentury modern ensemble with rare Red Band button-filler desk pen, sharp barrel imprint with 3rd quarter date code; original synthetic sac is shown in the photo but has been replaced, original sac will be included; base is hefty gold-finished metal, 12.5 cm by 11.3 cm, very clean with only light marks on the black center panel, labels on bottom perfect. "Magnetix" swiveling socket is a Moholy-Nagy design for Parker. Red Band 51s are extraordinarily hard to find, as they were recalled almost immediately upon release.
DATE: 1946 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine • $825
13538: Parker 51: Cocoa Aerometric filler, Lustraloy cap, chrome plated trim, good imprint with 2nd quarter date code.
DATE: 1951 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine • $150
13529: Parker 51: Forest Green Aerometric-filler, frosty Lustraloy cap, barrel imprint with 1st quarter date code, new sac with perfect transparency.
DATE: 1951 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: extra-fine • $195
13519: Parker T1: short-lived modernist classic in brushed titanium with integral nib, 12.95 cm long, gold plated trim, includes metal converter; use these pens with care -- heavy writing pressure can damage the nib tipping.
DATE: c. 1970 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: medium • $850
13498: Sheaffer Lifetime Feathertouch Valiant: black lever-filler with over-the-top military clip, 13.2 cm long, gold filled over silver wartime trim, White Dot, section with ink window, two-tone Lifetime nib with unusually fine tip; some plating wear to nib, posting mark on barrel.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: needlepoint • $125
13440: Waterman C/F liquid lead ballpoint: blue with brushed stainless steel cap, 13.4 cm long, gold plated clip, made in USA, twist-action point retraction; chalk marks on barrel, eraser under cap, original cartridge dried up, refills no longer available.
DATE: c. 1956 • CONDITION: mint • $40
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