The items below are listed alphabetically by maker, with featured items grouped at the top.
We have a special fondness for the odd and unusual, so this group is a particular favorite, a grab bag with everything from rare and peculiar filling systems to uncommon materials and nonstandard configurations.
13641: A. A. Waterman 70: rare oversize black chased hard rubber slip-cap twist-filler, 15 cm long, nickel plated trim, #7 Modern nib with characteristic trefoil vent hole, opens wide with minimal pressure. Good chasing and strong imprints, including the infamous "NOT CONNECTED WITH/THE L. E. WATERMAN CO." disclaimer. Hard rubber has been professionally dye-reblackened.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $695
13556: Aikin Lambert Pike's Peak Special: clipless black chased hard rubber lever-filler, 13.65 cm long, nickel plated trim, hard rubber crisp and glossy, cap imprint characteristic of Aikin Lambert pens specially produced for retailers -- in this case, most probably the Pike's Peak Book & Stationery Company of Colorado Springs, Colorado; #3 nib gives good line width variation, but requires deliberate pressure to open up.
DATE: c. 1920 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine flex • $165
13649: Camel ink-pellet button-filler: red and tan-veined silver pearl (same material as Waterman's "Steel Quartz"), black ends, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim; bold classic barrel imprint with two camels drinking logo, same design on the nib, with second patent imprint on other side of barrel. The ink pellet compartment has been sealed shut with wax to keep it ink-tight for use as a regular button-filler; to open for use with ink pellets, section should be removed to give full access to the filling mechanism. Clip is tight to the cap but wiggles slightly side to side.
DATE: c. 1938 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: medium semiflex • $350
13569: Crocker (?) Puritan: black chased hard rubber screw-cap blow-filler, 13.3 cm long, original price band, even fading but unused, no sign of ever having been filled. Imprinted only "PURITAN/MADE IN AMERICA", with pointing hand on screw cap, warranted nib, narrow keel feed resembles contemporary Crocker production, very likely a Crocker sub-brand model.
DATE: c. 1913 • CONDITION: exc-near mint • NIB: fine firm • SOLD
13595: Edacoto lever-fillers: two largely identical pens in chased casein, sold as a pair, 11.7 and 11.8 cm long, one yellow, one red, French manufacture, nickel plated trim, with Waterman-style lever assemblies; neither is imprinted, but the red pen has a stainless steel Edacoto nib, thinly gold plated, while the yellow pen has a glass nib. The Edacoto nib has a line of pitting on its right tine, so while it is clearly very flexible, it is also very vulnerable to cracking and must be used with a light hand. Both pens appear to be new old stock and unused.
DATE: c. 1925 • CONDITION: near mint* • NIB: fine stub semiflex • SOLD
13576: Eversharp Skyline Demi: rare early production slender black lever-filler with gold filled trim and unusual cap trim configuration with wide band, narrow top band, and metal derby; standard short-model length at 12.2 cm long, but markedly slimmer (10 mm OD over barrel threads) -- parts do not interchange with any standard production pen. Section with transparent ink window, nib is single-tone but was probably originally two-tone; pen is mechanically sound, but has dings to the derby, a name on the barrel, and slight heat shrinkage irregularity behind the barrel threads. To date we have found only a handful of examples of this slender model (Demis are normally shorter than standard Skylines but of the same thickness).
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: VG • NIB: medium fine firm • $225
13572: John Holland 73: large black chased hard rubber hatchet-filler, 14.9 cm long, nickel plated trim; good imprints and chasing, responsive #3 nib writes an elegant line, moderate even fading, unusual size.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $385
13552: Parker 018: rare black hard rubber "Jointless" eyedropper-filler, 13.9 cm long, spearhead Lucky Curve feed, barrel imprint heavily worn, no visible cap imprint, hairline from vent hole of teardrop-vent Lucky Curve nib should be repaired if pen is to be used extensively, otherwise usable as is.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: medium fine stub flex • $250
13647: Parker 25 Click-Filler: extremely rare oversize hard rubber slip-cap self-filler, Parker's first (patent number 791,466); 15.4 cm long, imprints worn but present, #5 Lucky Curve keyhole vent nib is a notably elegant writer. Cap lip crack has been repaired and is virtually invisible from the outside, even under magnification. To fill, push front of nickel plated pressure bar with fingernail to unlock while depressing rear protrusion to flatten sac; pull same protrusion back to allow sac to reinflate and to relock the pressure bar with a "click". This is only the second Parker click-filler we have offered in the past 20 years in any size. #5 was the largest size sold, and rarely seen.
DATE: c. 1905 • CONDITION: G* • NIB: extra-fine stub flex • $1650
13603: Parker Vacumatic Oversize: unusual silver pearl laminate, 13.55 cm long, reverse trim (gold filled rather than chrome), made in Canada, good imprint with 4th quarter date code, striped jewels, correct black section, big two-tone arrow nib requires some pressure to flex, original tip configuration intended for use upside-down as well; fine barrel transparency, moderate plating wear, some corrosion to lockdown filler shaft (does not affect function).
DATE: 1936 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium fine flex • $465
13577: Schnell Penselpen: oversize black and bronze pen-pencil combination, 15.2 cm long, gold filled trim, distinctive sliding "switch" filler, famous airplane clip, pencil end uses 1.1 mm lead; strong imprints, overall excellent but for stress line at side base of nib (see detail); a short lived and celebrated design, made by Julius Schnell, one of the most important behind-the-scene figures in early 20th-century fountain pen manufacture.
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: medium fine semiflex • SOLD
13617: Waterman combination: rare uncatalogued model, black and pearl lever-filler, 14.6 cm long, chrome plated trim; strong imprint (not always present on Waterman combos), threads on pencil end another unusual feature, as is the #4 nib (nearly all Waterman combos are #2 size). Crack from cap mouth has been professionally restored, age shrinkage hairline visible in pearl at upper side of cap (see details).
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: fine* • NIB: medium fine flex • $800
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13608: Diamond Medal Standard: black and pearl flat-top lever-filler, 13.4 cm long, gold filled trim, black ends with white trim rings, Wahl-style pressure bar toggled to the lever and held by a keeper at the end of the barrel; made for sale by Sears, part of the so-called National Pen Co. of Chicago group, excellent quality; name on cap, barrel ambered more than cap, but good color balance, strong barrel imprint, smooth Diamond Medal #2 nib.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine • $145
13629: Edward Todd telescoping ruler pencil: sterling silver ringtop, 11.3 cm long, square body ruled to 3 5/8 inches, extends to 32.5 cm to measure a full 12 inches; hand-engraved numbers, 1897 patent date, uses standard 2 mm thick lead. Early production, unusual size, only example we have handled that is three-draw, rather than two. Ringtop attachment appears to have been resoldered in the past (see detail).
DATE: c. 1898 • CONDITION: fine* • $350
13609: Esterbrook B: full-size "Dollar Pen", green pearl lever-filler, 12.1 cm long, stainless steel trim, later #9550 nib with round-bottomed feed.
DATE: c. 1941 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: extra-fine firm • $115
13548: Eversharp pencil: rare gold filled model with trowel clip, first Wahl production, but predating Wahl's takeover; 13.5 cm long, "Check" pattern, marked "PATENTED", "20 YEAR GOLD FILLED", and "EVER SHARP", name engraved on barrel. Very hard to find these early examples in such nice clean condition.
DATE: c. 1916 • CONDITION: exc • $195
13632: Montegrappa The Elmo Pen: early production black hard rubber safety, 12.75 cm long, smooth gold filled overlay, #2 Elmo nib, Moore-style one-piece shaft and feed; cap has engraved monogram, dings to crown, cap lip has been replaced. Nib has a crack from the vent hole, usable with a light hand. The Elmo Pen was one of Montegrappa's very first models, and an overlay example is unheard of.
DATE: c. 1922 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $650
13604: Moore 96: scarce oversize lever-filler, bronze and black, gold filled trim, 13.1 cm long, small Maniflex nib has slight bend to upper surface, does not affect writing quality.
DATE: c. 1932 • CONDITION: fine • NIB: fine semiflex • $295
13602: Parker Vacumatic Debutante: small golden pearl laminate, 11.9 cm long, gold filled trim, Blue Diamond clip, geometric pattern cap band, imprint with clearly legible 2nd quarter date code; excellent barrel transparency, name on barrel, usual very slight swelling over filler unit. Arrow nib originally two-tone but plating nearly all gone, rounded oblong tip gives natural subtle line width variation.
DATE: 1943 • CONDITION: fine-exc • NIB: fine stub • $145
13633: Parker 75 Godron ballpoint: gold plated, early production with 20 micron mark, made in France; sound working condition, usage marks including scratches at the tip and a small blister on the barrel (see details).
DATE: c. 1971 • CONDITION: VG • $80
13627: Pilot Custom in box: black cartridge-filler, 13.45 cm long, gold plated trim, 18K nib.
DATE: 1974 • CONDITION: near mint • NIB: medium fine • $150
13596: Sheaffer Balance pencil: grey pearl and black marbled, 12.1 cm long, chrome plated trim, uncommon with wide milled band, smooth unmarked flattened-ball clip; uses 1.1 mm lead, strong imprints.
DATE: c. 1936 • CONDITION: fine-exc • $85
13585: Sheaffer Lifetime Feathertouch Vigilant: black plunger-filler with military clip, 12.9 cm long, gold filled trim, White Dot, barrel transparency like new, "875" on barrel indicates original $8.75 price, two-tone Lifetime nib, barrel behind threads irregular and out of round due to heat shrinkage, but does not affect function (see detail), otherwise excellent.
DATE: c. 1942 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine firm • $120
13634: Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal: oversize black and pearl "Deco Band" lever-filler, 13.7 cm long, gold filled trim, Gold Seal Signature nib with Personal Point screw-in system. Color is excellent, with the cap virtually pristine, the barrel evenly toned..
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: exc • NIB: fine semiflex • $825
13589: Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal: black and pearl ringtop lever-filler, 11.7 cm long, gold filled trim, Gold Seal Signature nib, Personal Point screw-in nib unit, excellent color and trim plating; some separation between chunks of black and pearl on barrel, age shrinkage of celluloid over aluminum barrel liner (see details).
DATE: c. 1929 • CONDITION: fine-exc* • NIB: fine semiflex • $150
13566: Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal: oversize jade green "Deco Band" lever-filler, 13.6 cm long, gold filled trim, Gold Seal "FLEXIBLE"-marked nib with stublike tip, Personal Point screw-in system, "M"-marked feed. Good overall color with some darkening at cap top, scattered tool/tooth marks on trim bands at ends, sealed cap lip crack (see details).
DATE: c. 1930 • CONDITION: VG-fine* • NIB: fine stub flex • $495
13610: Wilrite set in box: gold plated lever-filler, 12.4 cm long, checkerboard pattern, 14K warranted nib, with matching pencil, uses 1.1 mm lead; shallow dent next to lever, spot of solder on pencil clip; economy-line set.
DATE: c. 1928 • CONDITION: VG-fine • NIB: medium • $120
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